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Early strikes lift Huskies to win over TCU

Published: September 8, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Northeastern women's soccer team (5-2-0) picked up its first ever victory in the state of Texas as the Huskies toppled the TCU Horned Frogs, 2-1. 

The victory also gives the Huskies their first win against a Big-12 opponent in program history. 

Sophomore Kerri Zerfoss notched the game's first goal in only the third minute to immediately created momentum for NU. Less than 10 minutes later, senior Hannah Lopiccolo blasted home the eventual game-winning goal for the Huskies.

Senior Kayla Cappuzzo, who set up Lopiccolo's deciding goal, earned her 17th career assist. She now sits in a tie for second on the Northeastern all-time assists leader board with Veronica Napoli '11.

Junior goalkeeper Nathalie Nidetch was sensational for the Huskies in her fifth win of the season. She made 11 enormous saves to preserve Northeastern's lead, including seven saves in the second half.

The Horned Frogs mustered 19 total shots, 12 of which went on goal. Junior Eve Goulet and freshman Julianne Rosseach played a full 90 minutes for NU and did a very strong job of keeping TCU's chances out of the danger zone.

Goal Recaps:

Northeastern found the back of the net first in only the third minute. Lopiccolo sent a high ball to Domond in the box and she directed it on goal. Alvarado made the save, but left the rebound in the box for a wide open Zerfoss. She popped the loose ball into the net for the 1-0 advantage.

The Huskies doubled their lead just under 10 minutes after their first tally. After corralling a contested ball on the right wing, Cappuzzo touched the ball to Lopiccolo who entered the box with speed. She took a quick glance at the net, picked her spot, and drilled a shot into the top left corner to make it 2-0 Huskies.

TCU would answer and make it a one-goal game in the 19th minute. The Horned Frogs built pressure in the Northeastern end and Ryan Williams played the ball into the box. Allison Ganter got a head on the ball and put it just through the hands of Nidetch for the goal.

Northeastern completes its Texas trip on Sunday at 2 p.m. as the Huskies face the Texas Longhorns.

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