SIUE women’s soccer saw its season come to end Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern eliminated the Cougars with a 1-0 win at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium.
The Cougars finish the season at 10-8-5 after advancing to the second round of the Division I Tournament for the first time in school history.
“This season has been impressive, enjoyable and historic in a lot of ways,” SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished. That said, it doesn’t take the sting out of a game we could have had.”
Northwestern improved to 16-2-4 and will move on to meet either Duke or Illinois State in the third round Sunday.
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The lone goal of the game came in the 10th minute from Northwestern’s Kassidy Gorman. Kaitlin Moore sent a long pass over the top, where Gorman was able to run on to it, creating a breakaway against SIUE goalkeeper Juli Rossi. Rossi charged out of the goal, but Gorman was able to slide the ball under her for the game-winner.
“We could have started the game better,” Burton added. “We didn’t quite do enough today.”
Northwestern finished with an 11-5 advantage in shots. Rossi made eight saves in the game, including several leaping or diving stops.
“She was on her toes,” Burton said. “She was ready to make a difference. Going into next year, she’s going to have a lot of confidence. She has certainly been a bright spot for us as of late.”
Caroline Hoefert led SIUE with two total shots. Hoefert and Alexis Royal each had a shot on goal for the Cougars.
Wildcats’ keeper Lauren Clem recorded two saves for Northwestern.