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Thornton scores, Sutherland gets shutout in win at N'western

PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:27 pm
by PonyPride

Mustangs Start the Season With a Win Over Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (SMU) – The Mustangs, who are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll opened the season with a 1-0 win over a Northwestern team that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

"It was a really good result against a very competitive team," head coach Chris Petrucelli said. "The game was hard, but we played very well defensively and did just enough to get a goal and win the game."

Senior Allie Thornton scored SMU's (1-0-0) only goal in the shutout when a penalty kick was awarded to the Mustangs after junior Hannah Allred drew a foul in the box. The finish gave SMU an early lead in the 19th minute over Northwestern (0-1-0) that they were able to hold throughout the game.

Freshman Tatum Sutherland had a strong showing in the goal, with three saves in the game. Two of them came on back-to-back shot attempts from the Wildcats when Northwestern earned a chance to put a goal on the board in the 40th minute with a penalty kick of their own.

"Tatum was fantastic," Petrucelli said. "She saved the penalty and the rebound from the penalty … just very composed."

The second half of the game saw two shots from SMU and four from Northwestern, but neither team could put one away. Northwestern outshot the Mustangs, 9-4, throughout the match. The win extends SMU's season-opening victory streak to four.

The Mustangs will stay in Illinois for the remainder of the week to take on DePaul in Chicago on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.