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There are very few words that can describe the emotion from the game last night. Everything, from the lights, the crowd, the bench, the entire game, is indescribable and only the people that were there will truly know what it felt like. For me, nothing to date in my life can compare to last night's victory.
Emotions and adrenaline were high through the entire 110 minutes of play. During the penalty kicks, they were raging! It could have gone either way. I knew as soon as I stepped left that I would make the final save... and that's just what happened. The rest is history.
Joyful. Elated. Ecstatic. Emotional. Nervous. Excited. Accomplished. Delighted. Thrilled. Relieved. Overwhelmed. The list of emotions I feel right now is exponential!
After learning that we have accomplished our goal of reaching the NCAA tourney this year, and after the tears of joy had subsided, I felt motivation, determination, and perhaps most important: pride. Never before had I been so proud to see the "W" appear on the screen. For three years, I've watched football games, basketball games, hockey, etc. and have seen the "W" before (obviously) and have been happy for my fellow athletes, but this time was different. This time they could think of us and smile at what we had accomplished. Representing the "W" is something I've always been proud of, but today I couldn't be MORE proud. The best part... I can help to bring a smile to every Badger out there for at least another week.
The sweetest, most satisfying feeling in the world HAS to be a hard fought victory! Certainly the game Monday night was nothing less than a battle. Northwestern, in my opinion, was the game with the greatest amount of energy we've experienced all season. It was nothing less than electric. During an injury in the second half, I took a deep breath and had a minute to collect my thoughts. I looked to my right and both benches we're on their feet incessantly encouraging us to stay in it. I looked up and realized how dark the sky had become and how bright the lights were. I closed my eyes and realized how loud the crowd was yelling. Perhaps the stats didn't reflect the energy. Two and three saves respectively for the goalkeepers isn't a very impressive statistic, but that doesn't mean both sides didn't have solid chances. Luckily, we were the team that used the energy the most to our advantage.
By Michele Dalton, women's soccer goalkeeper
Hello Badger fans! I'm hoping this blog is able to give you some better insight into what it means to be a Wisconsin student-athlete and how it feels to chase an NCAA berth! For us, this is the first time any of us would have an NCAA experience, and for the seniors it is their last shot at this opportunity!
Laurie Nosbusch gained another award to her list of honors this season being named to the first team academic all-district on Thursday, Oct. 29. The sophomore is currently on track to major in Biology and has a 4.0 GPA .
As the returning leading scorer from last season, Nosbusch leads the team with six goals and four assists to total a team high 16 points. She recorded her first hat trick against No. 19 Indiana for the 3-2 win and has three game-winning goals this season.
The Wisconsin women's soccer team will play its regular season finale on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern. The Badgers, who will get some extra practice time before facing the Wildcats, are trying to secure a win to better their chances for a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin sits at 32nd in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released last Monday (Oct. 19) by the NCAA. That rating was before the Badgers earned a 1-0 win over Michigan State and played to a scoreless draw at Michigan.