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Michigan outlasts Badgers in battle of conference powers

Sept. 23, 2012

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Michigan 3, 14 Wisconsin 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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 No. 14 Wisconsin 0 0 0
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MICH 15:59 Nkem Ezurike (Meghan Toohey)
MICH 45:58 Nkem Ezurike (Corinne Harris)
MICH 77:28 Christina Ordonez
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MICH Haley Kopmeyer 90:00 0 4
WIS Lauren Gunderson 90:00 3 3
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 Shots on Goal 6 4
 Saves 4 3
 Offsides 0 0
 Corner Kicks 7 2
 Yellow Cards 1 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis.-- Head coach Paula Wilkins has always stressed the difficulty in playing two matches in a three-day span. The No. 14 University of Wisconsin women's soccer team found the task even more difficult on Sunday as the Badgers dropped their second conference duel of the season, 3-0, to the Michigan Wolverines at the McClimon Complex.

"You know we have to go back to the details," Wilkins said. "I think we gave away some balls that we shouldn't have been giving away and we weren't doing the little things that we've done all season.

"I believe those kinds of things show up and they obviously had a good player (Nkem Ezurike) that took advantage of that and I don't think we recovered emotionally from our slow start."

Senior GK Lauren Gunderson was forced to defend two of the three Michigan goals in one-on-one situations, tallying three saves on the day but giving up a season-high three scores.

Wisconsin tied a season-low in corner kicks, attempting two while tallying four shots on goal. After giving up just two goals this season in matches at the McClimon Complex, the Badgers (7-3-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) had their five-game win streak snapped and gave up three scores for the first time since Sept. 20, 2009.

 Fast Facts
• UW moves to 7-3-0 and 1-2-0 in the Big Ten
• Badgers have five-game home win streak snapped
• Michigan records first win over Wisconsin since 2007

The Wolverines attacked early and often, as Michigan's Meghan Toohey found a streaking Nkem Ezurike for the match's first score in the 16th minute. Toohey placed the through ball to Ezurike who fired from the top of the box and finished low and inside of the left post.

"(Ezurike) is just physical, she's strong," Wilkins said. "She takes her opportunities when she can -- she's a good finisher. She's world class -- she played in the World Cup and you have to make sure you don't give that type of player any opportunities."

Michigan (9-2-0, 3-0-0) extended its lead to 2-0 to open the second half as Ezurike notched her second goal of the afternoon on a give-and-go from Corinne Harris. Christina Ordonez sealed the win for the Wolverines in the 77th minute as she dribbled 30 yards into the box and shot a laser into the net below the outstretched arms of Gunderson.

"I thought Michigan had a great game plan," Wilkins added. "You could tell they were first to the ball for the most part. I think part of it is that we got away from what we were doing well -- we got casual."

Following a three-day break, the Badgers travel to Minnesota and Ohio State for their second Big Ten road trip of 2012. UW will kickoff with Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., before taking on Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 30 at noon.

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