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Exit Row: Badgers unable to complete rally in loss to Northwestern

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Northwestern Northwestern 2, 13 Wisconsin 1
2013 Big Ten Tournament
Memorial Stadium • Columbus, Ohio

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1st 2nd Final
2 0 2
Wisconsin 0 1 1
NW 30:20 Grant Wilson (Cole Missimo)
NW 36:57 Eric Weberman (Cole Missimo)
WIS 58:45 Carl Schneider (Tomislav Zadro)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
NW Miller (9-3-1) 90:00 1 5
WIS Jentsch (4-1-1) 90:00 2 2
Stats at a Glance NW WIS
Shots 6 12
Shots on Goal 4 6
Saves 5 2
Offsides 1 2
Corner Kicks 2 8
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 13, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a duel of two of the Big Ten's top goal-scoring teams, it was the Northwestern Wildcats that found the touch early on, holding on to knock off the second-seeded University of Wisconsin men's soccer team, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

"You've to give a lot of credit to Tim (Lenahan) and Northwestern for how prepared they were for this match," UW head coach John Trask said. "They always play us tough and this match was no different. 

"This was your typical Big Ten battle and we just didn't play with the urgency necessary to win against a team that's fighting to stay alive in the postseason."

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Down 2-0 midway through the second half, the Badgers broke through in the 58th minute as Tomislav Zadro connected with Carl Schneider on a corner kick to bring UW within one goal of a tie.

Zadro sent the service into the box, finding the feet of Schneider who tapped it in for his second score of the season. 

Wisconsin (13-4-2) would go on to control much of the offensive action the rest of the way but could not complete the comeback.

Despite possessing the ball for the majority of the first half, it was Northwestern who took advantage of the opportunities they earned in their offensive third of the field in the first 45 minutes of action.

Wisconsin recorded a pair of corner kicks and a pair of shots on goal just before the 17-minute mark, but as Wisconsin continued to aggressively attack offensively and earn an offside, the Wildcats (10-6-3) displayed their offensive repertoire, netting the match's first score on a corner kick in the 31st minute of action.

Cole Missimo connected with Grant Wilson on a corner service that was sent far post and slotted toward the net and over the goal line.

Seven minutes later, it would be Missimo who found Eric Weberman for the game-winning score on a give-and-go from the right side of the net. The Wildcats survived an offensive barrage from Wisconsin that included a pair of shots in the final six minutes of the half, as NU would take the 2-0 lead into the intermission and seal the win with solid defense in the final 25 minutes of action.

"Now we just have to refocus and look ahead to the NCAA tournament," Trask added. "Hopefully we have done enough during the regular season to earn a bid so we will just have to wait until Monday to see."

The Badgers will now await the NCAA tournament Selection Show, which is slated for Mon., Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. CT. UW looks to make its first appearance in the Big Dance since winning the national title in 1995.

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