Sophomore Michelle Manning scored the game-winning goal in Northwestern's double-overtime victory over Washington State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on November 14.
Northwestern's women's soccer team defeated Washington State in a thrilling double-overtime match November 14 to open the NCAA tournament, advancing to take on No. 2 seed West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virgina, on November 20.
Sophomore Michelle Manning scored the game-winner for the Wildcats, giving them a 1-0 victory. The goal was Manning's third game-winner of the season.
This is the Wildcats' third appearance in the NCAA tournament, and the team's first since 1998.
Chicago's Big Ten Team put together a historic season, despite facing some particularly challenging circumstances. Due to ongoing renovations at Lakeside Field, all of the 'Cats home games and training for the 2015 season were played off campus. Northwestern went 13-5-2 during the regular season with seven Big Ten victories – their most since 1998 – and appeared in the NSCAA polls for the first time in 17 years. Northwestern did not lose a single match against a team ranked outside the RPI top 45 (based on the most current RPI data).
"It is a huge step for us," head coach Michael Moynihan said of making the tournament, before his team beat Washington State. "We have taken a lot of little steps since arriving here [in Evanston], and we can see a lot of changes in the team's mentality and the quality getting better and better…this is a huge step for us."
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