Nov. 6, 2008
Northwest Upsets Central; Ties Season Wins Record
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Sophomore forward Kelsey Sanders scored in the 83rd minute to lift Northwest Missouri State to a 1-0 win against sixth-ranked Central Missouri Thursday at a cold and windy Bearcat Pitch. It's the Bearcats second win against a top 10 team this season.
Sanders scored her third goal of the season and fourth of her collegiate career. Krista Pollman and Holly Ramaeker were credited with assists. Goalkeeper Kira Lazenby extended the Bearcats' single-season shutouts record to seven.
Northwest (9-8-2, 5-8-2 MIAA) ended Central Missouri's 16-game unbeaten streak and handed the Jennies their first loss in conference play this season. Central Missouri (15-2-2, 13-1-1) has already clinched the MIAA title.
The Bearcats tied their program record for wins in a season with nine. Since the program was started in 1999, Northwest's best finish was a 9-9-1 mark in 2006.
Sanders played 64 minutes off the bench in place of injured starter and leading Northwest scorer Andrea Tritz. She logged 40 minutes in the second half and recorded her second game-winning goal of the season. In fact, Sanders had the game winner in Northwest's 2-1 win against then-No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha back on Oct. 4.
She had some help setting it up.
Pollman played an outlet pass to Ramaeker at midfield. Ramaeker dribbled down the center of the field before splitting two defenders with a pass to Sanders near the left side of the box. Sanders fired a grounder across the box, underneath the outstretched hands of Jennie goalkeeper Tabitha Davis and into the right corner of the goal.
It was the third and fourth assists of the season for Ramaeker and Pollman, respectively, which lead the team.
Davis played the second half in place of Lauren Bamvakais, who had played every minute of the Jennies' season until having to remove herself in Thursday's game with flu-like symptoms.
Bamvakais stopped a Northwest goal in the opening minute. Northwest forward Rikki Southard found herself open on the left side of the box and sent a liner right into the chest of a sliding Bamvakais. The rebound came back to Southard, but her shot at an open goal clipped the left post and bounced away.
Central had the advantage of a 20-plus mile per hour wind in the first half and it helped lead to two breakaways for Jennies leading-scorer Melanie Hall, but both kicks were sent high over the bar.
Central had a 9-6 shot advantage in the first half, but Northwest took four of the six shots in the second.
The Jennies didn't take a shot in the game's final 25 minutes, but almost scored less than a minute into the second half. Sharaya Sidebottom snuck behind the Bearcats' defense and had an open look from the right side of the box that clipped the bar, and bounced almost straight down before being kicked away.
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