MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan was unable to come away with a win in its final home game of the season Sunday, falling to No. 13 Northwestern, 2-0.
The Wildcats (14-4, 4-1 Big Ten) sealed the shutout at the 69:50 mark of the second period when CMU sophomore back Anne Middeldorp’s shot was blocked off a penalty corner.
The Chippewas (6-10, 3-1 MAC) attempted to spark the offense in the beginning of the second period at the 40-minute mark off a shot from senior back Skylar VanNatta and later in the period at the 63rd minute from junior back Jordyn Brengosz, but couldn’t convert.
The Maroon and Gold defense held the Wildcats to only two goals in the first period. Northwestern midfielder Dominique Masters chipped in the first goal off a penalty corner at the 16:02 mark.
Masters scored the second goal for the Wildcats at the 32:52 mark of the first period off a pass from Julia Retzky from a penalty corner.
The Chippewas held the Wildcats to only three shots on goal. Northwestern started its offense right of the start with a shot only 52 seconds into the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Sadie Reynolds made her only save for the day.
Senior Julianna Markinos attempted to find the back of the cage in the beginning of the first period but Wildcat goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter made one of her three saves.
CMU will finish its regular season on Saturday, November 2 at noon against Mid-American Conference opponent Miami.