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Soccer Insider: Stakes rise as regular season comes to a close

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Williams,Kodee12_MichiganState1_sm.jpgWith one weekend left in the regular-season, the Badgers are in a tie for the No. 4 seed with both Minnesota and Illinois. The Gophers downed UW on Sept. 27, while the Badgers outlasted Illinois in their regular-season home finale. All three squads have earned 16 points in conference matches, with the Gophers holding the tie-break in the case that all three win in the final weekend of competition. Either way, the scenarios that are bound to unfold will not hamper UW's chances at a trip to Bloomington, Ind. -- they will only make the journey toward its first Big Ten tourney title in over a decade that much more difficult.

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Silence of the Lam-Feist
Senior Monica Lam-Feist has tallied a career-high 13 points in 2012, including a pair of scores in UW's 4-2 win over Purdue on Friday, Oct. 19, posting her first multi-goal match of the season. Lam-Feist's quiet demeanor is off-set by her aggressive on-field approach to defending, as well as scoring points. This season, the senior is leading the Badgers in shots (52) and is second in total goals (6).

Goal-oriented
The Badgers are tallying goals at a rapid pace this season. After 18 matches, Wisconsin has eclipsed its entire goal total from 2011. Behind a trio of four-goal outings and a five-goal performance against South Dakota State, the Badgers have 37 goals to date, 11 more than their total output all of last season, with one regular season match to go.

Wisconsin's offensive improvement is largely due to its aggressiveness on the front line. UW is outshooting its opponents 251-206 and are outscoring foes 37-23. 

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