Boston bound!

By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeper

Let's just put something into perspective real quick:

T (Taryn Francel): Game-winning goal in OT to defeat UW Green Bay

Darcy (Riley): assist to T's goal

Flann (Meghan Flannery): Lost count of own corner kick goals/how many assists off of corners and crosses??

Whit-O (Whitney Owusu): Header goal vs. Santa Clara in last minute

"Hockey" (Alev Kelter): Two (Yes, two) consecutive header goals to come back and defeat DePaul with how many minutes left??

EJ (Erin Jacobsen): UNREAL first time volley into upper 90 to defeat Northwestern with 52 seconds left

Roxy (Roxanne Carlson): Lone, game-winning goal to send Wisconsin into the Sweet 16!!

Nos (Laurie Nosbusch): Hat trick against Indiana, game-winning goal in double OT vs. Iowa

Paige (Adams): Crazy goal vs. Penn State AND lone goal vs. Michigan State

Gundy (Lauren Gunderson): Two shutouts

Moni (Monica Lam-Feist): With 18 seconds left ties Ohio State!!!

Leigh (Williams): SICK goal vs. ASU 1:39 into the game

LJ (Lindsey Johnson): BING! Enough said...

Krista (Liskevych): PK vs. North Dakota State

(Lauren) Cochlin: Second goal vs. Marquette


EVERY single individual has impacted the University of Wisconsin women's soccer teams' success this season!! If a name wasn't mentioned, it's probably due to my short-term memory loss... not to take away from any single person's accomplishment. The list above is nothing less than incredible. Look at the stats from any other team in the country and I seriously doubt you will see that many players have a substantial impact in a game, in a season, in a career.
The list above just goes to show how dedicated this team is to each other, to the program, and to winning games. Furthermore, it shows how deep we are as a team. To have non-starters that can come off the bench and change the game (literally) and win the game further shows how collectively committed we are to each other and to the team's success.

Everyone has stepped up. When called upon as individuals, the pressure of the situation was no match for our determination and dedication to be the best. And to be the best, you have to play like the best. Wisconsin women's soccer has and will certainly continue to play with the best for as long as our fate takes us.

I'm confident we can get the job done this weekend in Boston. I have 100% confidence in each and every one of my teammates. And I'm confident that together, we can accomplish any challenge that faces us. Boston College will be our greatest challenge yet, but together we have the desire to win. I'll end with a reference to my all-time favorite quote which I think perfectly describes both our season and this upcoming weekend.

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's desire that counts!" ~ Author Unknown

ON WISCONSIN