By: Ben Bokun
The Wildcats have gotten off to an extremely impressive start this season after scoring 39 goals in two games this weekend.
Goal scoring was the story on Sunday afternoon for Northwestern, with a 21-2 rout over the Detroit Mercy Titans at Martin Stadium. After their 18-7 win over Canisius on Saturday, the ‘Cats are 2-0 at the start of the season.
The Wildcats were able to utilize their young talent after getting off to a quick start and scoring six goals within the first 10 minutes of the game. First-year Brianna Stroup scored three goals and obtained her first career hat trick, while Selena Lasota impressed with four goals of her own and three assists. It’s hard to say who was the player of the game because the entire team was able to contribute, but Lasota stood out with seven points and a team-leading four draw controls for the Wildcats.
This game looked ugly for Detroit Mercy from the beginning after only tallying one shot over the course of the entire first half. Northwestern dominated possession, and the Titans had trouble getting the ball out of their own half of the field. There weren’t many options for Detroit Mercy, as the Wildcats had 13 different players score goals Sunday afternoon.
When a team absolutely peppers the goal with 35 shots in a game like Northwestern did, it is hard for the opposition to gain any momentum. Detroit Mercy’s lone takeaways from the game included the eight saves that came from goalie Allison McDonough, and the two goals that came from midfielder Meredith Moore and attacker Lexie Kinmond.
The most notable highlight of the game came when Northwestern’s Taylor Pinzone scored a diving goal while leaping across the crease in the first half. She tallied two goals on the day, and five players on Northwestern scored multiple goals for the Wildcats.
The only negative statistics for Northwestern included 16 turnovers and 15 fouls, but the team really could not be off to a better start, and they have made up for any mistakes by scoring goals at an unbelievable pace. If they can continue this type of offensive attack, Northwestern should be able to tear through defenses all season long.
Northwestern will try to stay perfect on the year when they take on No. 16 Colorado this upcoming Thursday at Martin Stadium at 2 p.m. We’ll have the broadcast live on our Mixlr page starting at 1:45.