EVANSTON, Ill. — Two second-half goals proved too much to overcome for the Dartmouth women’s soccer team Sunday afternoon in a 2-0 loss at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field.
After the two teams played a scoreless first half, the home team came out early with the go-ahead and eventual game winner off the foot of Georgia Waddle in the 51st minute.
Waddle got behind the Big Green defense and put a touch shot over goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders’ outstretched hands.
The Wildcats gave themselves a two-goal advantage in the 74th minute with Katie Landgrebe’s second of the season on a chip shot into the top of the netting put the home team up 2-0.
That score would hold up the rest of the way as Dartmouth (0-2) dropped its second straight to open the season. For Northwestern (1-4-1), the hard-fought victory was the first of the year.
Saunders finished the day with three saves, while her counterpart in Northwestern’s Jenna Hascher turned aside six.
Despite the score, the Big Green seemingly generated more offensive opportunities on Sunday. Dartmouth attempted 15 shots, including 12 in the final 45 minutes alone, but only the six managed their way on goal in the contest. At the other end, the Wildcats’ offense got only nine shots off with five on goal, capitalizing with the two goals.
Of the nine total corners taken in the game, eight were granted to the visitors. However, the chances came and went as the Big Green were held scoreless.
Dartmouth must now change focus from its two-game road trip to start the season to Friday, Sept. 13 when it hosts Fordham in the 2013 home opener at Burnham Field at 7:30 p.m.