Northwestern's Armstrong reaches 100 career goals, breaks record
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern standout Chelsea Armstrong capped a four-goal day by posting the historic 100th goal of her career on Senior Day as the Wildcats rolled to a 6-0 victory against Missouri State.
Armstrong, who entered the game as the nation's leader in goals scored, extended her season total to 29 which also broke the NU single-season goal mark. She is just the third player in Big Ten history to score 100 career goals, joining Kristy Gleason of Iowa (132, 1989-93) and Sue Marcellus of Ohio State (117, 1976-79).
"It wasn't something I was concentrating on," Armstrong said. "It was a little bit of a distraction, to be honest. Obviously, it's a great achievement. I couldn't have done it without everyone around me. A lot of them have come off of short corners, which means someone else has done something great to earn that opportunity. I can't take all the credit. It was really nice for it to come on Senior Day."
The Wildcats put pressure on the Bears early, earning four penalty corners just three minutes into the match. NU didn't score on any of the opportunities, but got on the board at 5:49 when Armstrong scored off an assist from Caroline Troncelliti.
The lead grew to 2-0 at 7:12 when Lisa McCarthy passed to senior Kaylee Pohlmeyer who tapped it in past goalie Andrea Bain. Just over three minutes later, Northwestern earned another penalty corner and Armstrong notched her second goal off assists from McCarthy and Charlotte Martin.
The Wildcats dominated the opening half, holding advantages of 20-1 in shots and 12-0 in penalty corners.
With the milestone total within her reach, Armstrong scored off a penalty corner to make it a hat trick in the 41st minute. With the score, she tied Lisa Griswold's single-season school record of 28 goals that had stood since 1983.
Seven minutes later, Tara Puffenberger backhanded a shot from just inside the top of the circle to increase the Wildcats' lead to 5-0.
In the 52nd minute, Armstrong scored the 100th goal of her career off an assist from Puffenberger, setting off a celebration on the field and on the Northwestern bench.
"Chelsea has been amazing," Northwestern head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "If you look at how excited everybody else was for her today, it's just a testament to her leadership and what she has done for our program and for Northwestern. She is a one-of-a-kind for a coach. I'm glad I have her for a few more games."
Amanda Wirth teamed up with the Northwestern defense to limit the Bears to two shots on goal in the game.
The victory was the eighth consecutive for the Wildcats and their 15th in their last 16 matches.
"This group of seniors will always be the one that I started with," Fuchs said of the group that includes Armstrong, Pohlmeyer, Wirth, Colleen Petronchak and Shannon Disbrow. "It's been great to see them grow and build. It didn't happen overnight, but each year we've been getting better and better."