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Northwestern Athletics | October 13, 2017

Northwestern knocks off No. 23 Minnesota in shutout

Northwestern's win over Minnesota marked their third-straight shutout at home this season.

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern picked up a pair of first half goals, while senior Lauren Clem picked up her 43rd career shutout, as the Wildcats picked up a huge 2-0 victory over No. 23 Minnesota on Thursday night at Martin Stadium.

The shutout moved Clem into a tie for tenth place on the NCAA career shutouts list with Natalie Kulla (Marquette). Meanwhile, junior Hannah Davison added two assists in the match, the first two of her career.

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The Wildcats (7-6-2, 4-3-1 B1G) have not conceded a goal at home in over 334 straight minutes and have not conceded a goal against the Golden Gophers (9-3-3, 5-2-1 B1G) in five years.

Junior forward Brenna Lovera started the scoring off for Northwestern in the 20th minute. Marisa Viggiano whipped a corner kick into the box that Davison rose to meet at the back post. The rebound fell right to Lovera. The goal was Lovera's third of the season and 10th of her career. She now has 20 career points, the highest total on the Wildcats current roster.

The 'Cats doubled their advantage before halftime in the 43rd minute. Davison launched a set piece into the box and Michele Chernesky ran down the long ball to turn it into the goal past Minnesota goalkeeper Kaillee Sharp to make it 2-0. The goal was Chernesky's second of the season and third of her career.

Northwestern controlled the ball for most of the first half, finishing with seven shots to Minnesota's four.

Clem was lights out in the second half as she recorded two acrobatic saves to preserve the shutout for the 'Cats. Clem would finish the day with seven saves, moving her total on the season to 66, which ranks fourth in the conference.

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