PREVIEW: Cougars Meet No. 21 Northwestern in NCAA Second Round

PREVIEW: Cougars Meet No. 21 Northwestern in NCAA Second Round

Complete Game Notes

SIUE (10-7-5) vs. No. 21 Northwestern (15-2-4)
Fri., Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. C.T.
NCAA Second Round
Koskinen Stadium
Durham, North Carolina

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SHOCKER IN SOUTH BEND: SIUE ousted the No. 11-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish from the 2016 NCAA Division I Tournament by advancing on penalty kicks 5-4. Mariah Vollmer, who had not played in the previous 110 minutes, recorded the victorious penalty kick.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Juli Rossi was named the TopDrawer Soccer Player of the Week after recording eight saves in regulation and overtime, many of which stunned the crowd at Alumni Stadium. Rossi also had two saves during penalty kicks. The junior goalkeeper recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her collegiate career.

TOPPING THE TWO SEED: SIUE's advancement over Notre Dame was the first time since 2013 that a No. 2 seed was bounced from the tournament in the first round. In 2013, Western Michigan defeated No. 2 seed Marquette 1-0 in the opening round.

TOURNAMENT TIME: SIUE is in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the second time in program history. The Cougars' first appearance came in 2014. SIUE made five appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament.

ALL-OVC: Defender Kassidy Rawdon (first team), midfielder Emily Grahl (second team) and midfielder Peyton Roehnelt (All-Newcomer team) earned All-OVC honors.

All TOURNAMENT TEAM: Caroline Hoefert was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Grahl, goalkeeper Juli Rossi and midfielder Courtney Benning also were named to the OVC All-Tournament team.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Northwestern advanced in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Kent State. The regular season Big Ten champions, Northwestern is ranked 21st nationally by the NSCAA.

SERIES STUFF: This is the first-ever meeting between SIUE and Northwestern.

HIGH SCORE: SIUE was the highest scoring team in the OVC this season with 100 points (33 goals and 34 assists). SIUE scored at least three goals in a game four separate times. The Cougars are 8-0-0 this season when scoring at least two goals.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: 19 SIUE players have at least an assist this season while 15 different players have scored a goal. Seven different players have recorded a game-winning goal for the Cougars.

LEADING THE PACK: Hoefert leads the team with 16 points. She is tied for the team lead with five goals and leads the team with six assists. Avery Anderson and Peyton Roehnelt also have five goals for SIUE.

BACKSTOP: Juli Rossi began the year as the No. 1 goalkeeper. Natalie Freeman made her collegiate debut against Morehead State and played in five games. Freeman and Rossi each have missed time because of injury, leaving the Cougars without a regular goalkeeper for several games this season. In their absence, field players Roehnelt and Sarah Olson served as SIUE's goalkeepers.

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