Drawing the line: Badgers play to 1-1 tie with Beavers


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Wisconsin  Wisconsin 1, Oregon State 1 (2OT)
Paul Lorenz Field • Corvallis, Ore. • Attendance: 514

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1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
 Wisconsin
0 1 0 0 1
 Oregon State
1 0 0 0 1
 Scoring
OSU 4:54 Chelsea Buckland (Erin Uchacz)
WIS 54:02 Cara Walls (Kodee Williams)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (3-0-1) 110:00 1 3
OSU Prudhomme (1-2-1) 110:00 1 5
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 Shots 13 15
 Shots on Goal 6 4
 Saves 3 5
 Offsides 1 1
 Corner Kicks 6 2
 Yellow Cards 1 1
 Red Cards 1 0
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Sept. 1, 2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Finishing strong in two-game weekends has always been an emphasis of Wisconsin women’s soccer coach Paula Wilkins

Although the Badgers weren’t able to secure the win in a 1-1 draw against Oregon State on Sunday at Lorentz Field, it’s tough to say the Big Ten’s youngest team didn’t learn something about itself after enduring consecutive weekends of Friday-Sunday road contests.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers extend unbeaten streak to four matches
• UW ends four-game road trip with 3-0-1 mark
• Walls tallies fifth goal in four games

“Looking at our overall body of work this season, we had to play four different teams in tough travel conditions and I think these tests will only make this team better if we grasp what we’ve already overcome and move on,” Wilkins said. “Oregon State’s style was completely different from Oregon’s, completely different than Illinois State’s and completely different from UConn’s, and I think that’s going to prepare us well for not only our home games but also for the Big Ten.”

The physical match was characterized by an evenly-played battle that saw the teams nearly match one another in shots, shots on goal and saves. The Badgers (3-0-1) threatened late in the second overtime, sending multiple shots near the goal but were unable to convert.

Cara Walls extended her point streak to four consecutive matches, tallying the Badgers’ lone score of the game in the 55th minute. After Rose Lavelle had her shot deflect off of the crossbar, Kodee Williams found Walls inside the box for the junior’s fifth goal of the season. 

Badgers keeper Genevieve Richard recorded three saves, including one crucial stop in extra time as she extended her unbeaten streak in goal. Richard fought off a four-shot double-overtime period from the Beavers after giving up the lone goal early in the first half.

“You could see the disappointment in the team after the game,” Wilkins added. “They weren’t satisfied with the tie and I like the fact that the program has moved to a point where the expectations are to win.” 

The Beavers struck first, finding the net in the fourth minute as Chelsea Buckland chipped the ball over Richard’s outstretched arms to give Oregon State the early 1-0 lead.

UW had the advantage in shots on goal (6) but could not find the lane or the opportunity to secure the game-winning goal. 

“I liked that we got leadership from different people this game, which is going to be a big thing for this group,” Wilkins added. “We’ll take this back to Madison, learn from it and we’ll be better because of it.”

Wisconsin returns to the McClimon Complex for the fifth-annual PAC the MAC event this Friday, Sept. 6, against Vanderbilt. Kickoff for the Badgers’ regular-season home opener is slated for 5 p.m. (CT), with the UW men set to open their season against Western Michigan at 7:30 to complete the doubleheader.

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