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THE FIELD — It was a tight battle when Northwestern and Liberty University faced off in the field hockey national championship. Both goalies played well, keeping the opposing offenses in check and recording multiple saves.
The save of the game was made by Liberty's goalie, sophomore Azul Iritxity Irigoyen. With the game tied and tensions high, she went full "Karate Kid" to keep Northwestern from scoring.
check out this save in the national championship game pic.twitter.com/bk9tnucBhj— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) November 22, 2021
My favorite part of this highlight is the Northwestern player's reaction. Stunned by the flying foot save, she smashed her stick into the ground like an impetuous kid. It just doesn't seem fair when your opponent makes such an improbable play.
Unfortunately for Liberty's intrepid goalie, her team eventually fell to Northwestern. The final score was 2-0, reflecting the defensive dominance of both Irigoyen and Northwestern's goalie, Annabel Skubisz.
This was Northwestern's first-ever field hockey championship. And every time they look at their trophy in the school's display case, they can think back to the time that Liberty's goalie kicked their shot away from the goal.