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Badger freshmen lead club team to national title

In their final weekend before reporting to training camp for the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team's 2011 season, three incoming freshmen led their squad to a national title at the US Youth National Championships.

Cara Walls, Olivia Tehan and Carly Vogel capped off their summers by lifting FC Milwaukee to the U18 title, the first national championship for a team from Wisconsin, boys or girls.

After dropping the first game of the preliminary round to Colorado Rush Nike, Walls' goal in the 76th minute lifted her team to a 1-0 victory over Team Boca (Fla.).

Entering the final game of preliminary play, FC Milwaukee was tied with FC Stars of Massachusetts at 1-1-0 and each had a goal differential of zero. A win was needed to reach the finals and again Wells came through in the clutch. Her goal in the 13th minute would be all her squad would need as it cruised to a 3-0 win and a rematch against Colorado Rush Nike.

Walls was once again the star in the title game. After 90 minutes of play resulted in a 1-1 tie, the Wauwatosa, Wis., native scored in both the 95th and 96th minutes to lead FC Milwaukee to a 4-2 win. Her four goals in the tournament led all scorers.

Wisconsin sophomore Catie Sessions also reached the national championships with her team, Woodbury Inferno. Competing in the U19 division, Sessions and the Inferno went 1-2 in preliminary play and failed to reach the finals.