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Goal-oriented: Pair of early scores pushes UW to second-straight road win


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Wisconsin   Wisconsin 4, Illinois State 1
Adelaide Street Field • Normal, Ill. • Attendance: 590

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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin
2 2 4
 Illinois State
1 0 1
 Scoring
WIS 4:37 Cara Walls
WIS 7:29 Cara Walls (McNicoll, Lavelle)
ISU 15:59 Hannah Leinert (Kyla Cross)
WIS 50:10 Kinley McNicoll (PK) 
WIS 60:39 Nikki Greenhalgh (Kinley McNicoll)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (2-0-0) 90:00 1 6
ISU Burrill (0-1-0) 90:00 4 4
 Stats at a Glance WIS ISU
 Shots 9 11
 Shots on Goal 8 7
 Saves 6 4
 Offsides 1 4
 Corner Kicks 4 4
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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Aug. 25, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. -- If there was any hangover from the Wisconsin women's soccer teams' 3-2 season-opening victory on Friday evening, it certainly was not evident on Sunday.

The Badgers netted a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of action and never relinquished that lead, defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, 4-1, at Adelaide Street Field on Sunday afternoon.

"I told the players before the game that Sunday's are the days when you decide what type of player you are and they really responded to that with a good performance today," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "For a young team like this to win on the road twice this early in the season is a great sign and it bodes well for us in the long run.

"For the team to play this well this early with just one day to recover between games really shows me how focused and mentally prepared we are and how much they've grown since the preseason."

 Fast Facts
• UW led 2-0 in 1st 10 mins on pair of Walls' goals
• Richard records six saves in second-straight win
• Badgers earn 2-0 road start for first time since '05

The win keeps the Badgers undefeated to begin the season and marks the second-consecutive 2-0 start for UW. The victory alsomarks Wisconsin's first back-to-back road wins to start a season since 2005.

Junior Cara Walls picked up where she left off on Friday, following up her game-winning goal in UW's opener with a pair of early scores that set the stage for the rest of the afternoon.

Sophomore Kinley McNicoll and junior Nikki Greenhalgh added a pair of goals for the Badgers.

Goalkeeper Genevieve Richard moves to 2-0-0 on the year after recording six saves and conceding just a single goal in 90 minutes of action on Sunday.

The Badgers were the aggressors from opening kickoff, as Walls netted the game's first score just four minutes into the match. Three minutes later Walls again found the back of the net on a helper from freshman Rose Lavelle, as the Badgers took a quick 2-0 lead just seven minutes into the contest.

"All the credit in the world to Cara," Wilkins added. "She scored two world-class goals early on and it really set the tone for our team the rest of the game and allowed the younger players to settle in a little bit."

After conceding an Illinois State score to Hannah Leinert in the 15th minute, UW continued its physical offensive attack as senior Alev Kelter set up a penalty kick opportunity following a foul inside the Redbird's box.

Kelter took a through ball just past midfield and dribbled all the way down the left field sideline. Played close by an Illinois State defender, Kelter adjusted and was tripped after just entering the box, setting up the penalty kick goal from McNicoll just after the intermission.

Wisconsin, who displayed its depth Sunday afternoon by using nine substitutes, continued to attack midway through the second half as they looked to put the match away. Greenhalgh attempted a shot on goal from inside the Illinois State box that was saved off the Redbird's keeper and deflected out of bounds for a corner kick.

Greenhalgh avenged the earlier save, heading in McNicoll's cornerkick just 45 seconds later and providing the cushion UW needed to cruise to the win with the majority of its starters resting late in the half.

"I was unhappy we weren't able to finish on a couple of good looks in the first half and giving up a goal is never good but overall their shape was solid and they stayed mentally strong," Wilkins added. "This game provides us with some talking points for next week heading into another tough road stretch."

Wisconsin returns home for training this week before heading out west to play a pair of PAC-12 programs in Oregon and Oregon State next weekend. The Badgers will take on the Ducks on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. (CT).

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