EVANSTON, Ill. —  Northwestern senior Lauren Clem showed why she is one of the best goalkeepers in NCAA history as she stopped three straight attempts to close the penalty kick shootout, leading Northwestern over Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will play at No. 2 seed UCLA Friday night at 10 p.m. CT.

Northwestern and Butler officially played to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes and two overtimes, but NU advanced 3-2 on penalty kicks.

This is the third consecutive year Northwestern has won its first round NCAA Tournament game.

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Clem moved into sole possession of third place in NCAA history with her 48th career shutout. Northwestern continued its home shutout streak, running it to 724 minutes, the longest such streak in program history.

Junior Brenna Lovera, first year Kylie Fisher, and junior Hannah Davison found the back of the net on their penalty kick attempts. Butler made the first two before Clem shut the Bulldogs down, including a stop on the fifth attempt that sent the Wildcats into celebration mode.

Northwestern took 10 shots Sunday, led by Lovera and first year Regan Steigleder with two each.

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