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Grit and grind: Lone goal the difference in UW win

Wisconsin Wisconsin 1, Oregon 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 482

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  1st 2nd Final
0 1 1
 Oregon 0 0 0
WIS 54:07 Cara Walls (Kodee Williams and Rose Lavelle)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Genevieve Richard 90:00 0 2
ORE Abby Steel 90:00 1 2
 Stats at a Glance WIS ORE
 Shots 15 12
 Shots on Goal 3 2
 Saves 2 2
 Offsides 5 1
 Corner Kicks 6 6
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Aug. 22, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- Showing grit and playing big are mentalities head coach Paula Wilkins hopes to instill in the Wisconsin women’s soccer team this season.

The Badgers put their spirit on display—and plenty of it—battling to a season-opening, 1-0, victory over Oregon at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison on Friday night.

Cara Walls gave UW an early advantage and scored in the 54th minute, as the Badgers then worked collectively to blank the Ducks and preserve a shutout in their home debut.

After Rose Lavelle flicked a pass with her head, Kodee Williams was able to split the last two defenders to set up Walls, who did not waste the opportunity and beat Oregon goalkeeper Abby Steele for the score.

With the win, the Badgers (1-0-0) improved to 12-3-1 in home openers dating back to 1999.

 Fast Facts
• Goal from Cara Walls in the 54th minute stands as the game winner
• UW improved to 12-3-1 in home openers dating back to 1999
Genevieve Richard earns her first win at goalkeeper, posting 90 minutes in the shutout 

Posting a game-high five shots on the night that culminated in her game-winning score, Walls picked up right where she had left off last season after leading the team with nine goals in 2013.

"It felt good to get the goal, but I'm more proud of our team and the work that everyone put in," Walls said. "It was a great team effort and it came from everyone tonight."

Wisconsin made its presence felt offensively most of the first half, outshooting Oregon 10-to-6. The Ducks fought back in the second frame and made a competitive push offensively that provided them with a number of scoring opportunities. Included was a stretch in which Oregon earned three corner kicks in a span of just three minutes.

Oregon finished with six corner kicks and 12 shots on the night, but came away empty handed due to the play of Genevieve Richard in net for UW and the Badgers holding tough collectively to preserve their shutout.

"These guys had some grit," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "They showed some major effort tonight. As a coaching staff, that's all we can ask for from them. I'm happy, and the challenge now for us is going to be to bring that effort again on Sunday."

Wisconsin continues its homestand to open the regular season by hosting Tennessee at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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