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Badgers unable to withstand late rally from Minnesota in 3-2 loss

Sept. 27, 2012

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 Minnesota 3, Wisconsin 2
Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium • St. Paul, Minn.
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1 1 2
 Minnesota 0 3 3
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• Attendance: 1,081
WIS 22:01 Cara Walls (Paige Adams)
WIS 56:03 Monica Lam-Feist 
MINN 68:11 Allie Phillips (Taylor Uhl, Katie Thyken)
MINN 74:28 Taylor Uhl (Katie Thyken)
MINN 87:12 Taylor Wodnick (Marissa Price)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Lauren Gunderson 90:00 3 5
MINN Cat Parkhill 90:00 2 3
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 Shots 8 15
 Shots on Goal 5 8
 Saves 5 3
 Offsides 6 0
 Corner Kicks 2 7
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nearly 11 months ago, Minnesota ended Wisconsin's season in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. 

After tallying a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead early in the second half, the Badgers seemed destined for revenge Thursday. However, a three-goal spurt from the Gophers in the final 35 minutes of play buried UW, as Minnesota completed a 3-2 win in comeback fashion at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

"I think there were several times during the match that we didn't do well in transition," head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We gave the ball away and we didn't get numbers where we needed to get them.

"Give Minnesota a lot of credit but again it was us failing to put together a full game and not being able to close out Minnesota."

After falling behind 2-0 just 12 minutes into the second half following Wisconsin senior Monica Lam-Feist's goal, Minnesota began its rally in the 68th minute with a goal from Allie Phillips. 

 Fast Facts
Cara Walls tallied her 13th career goal in the 22nd minute
• The Badgers fall to 7-4-0 and 1-3-0 in B1G play
• Wisconsin gave up three goals for just the second time this season

Taylor Uhl notched her 12th goal of the season in the 74th minute, netting the equalizer for the Gophers, and Taylor Wodnick capped off the come-from-behind victory in the 87th minute, leaving the Badgers little time for a comeback of their own.

Despite conceding three goals, senior GK Lauren Gunderson tallied five saves in the loss, falling to 7-4-0 on the season. The Badgers (7-4-0, 1-3-0 Big Ten) outplayed Minnesota in nearly every statistical category in the first half, garnering the edge in shots, shots on goal and ending the half tied in saves.

Following a couple of solid looks early on, the Badgers took the 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on sophomore Cara Walls' fourth goal of the season. 

After collecting the ball 15 feet from the goal, senior Paige Adams found Walls near the top right corner of the box, and watched as the sophomore sniped in her 13th career goal past the outstretched arms of Gopher goalie Cat Parkhill.

The Badgers went into the intermission holding the 1-0 lead and controlled the offensive possession to open the second half, tallying four shots in just 10 minutes. Wisconsin extended its lead to 2-0 in the 56th minute as Lam-Feist netted her fourth goal of the season off of a deflection following a UW set piece.

The British Columbia native positioned herself at the top of the box during Wisconsin's corner kick, drifting right as Kinley McNicoll played the ball into the box. Minnesota (7-5, 2-2-0) won the ball on a header but Lam-Feist played the deflection, finding a lane and netting her eighth career score.

After leading in nearly every statistical category in the first half, the Badgers were outshot 11-3 in the second and attempted just a single corner kick in the final 45 minutes of action.

"I though the first half we were really consistent and did a good job playing our game -- and then after our second goal in the second half Minnesota changed their pressure and we weren't able to solve it very well.

"Obviously Minnesota capitalized -- they have a couple of dangerous goal scorers -- and I just think we need to recognize key moments a little better and take advantage of opportunities when they are presented to us."

Big Ten play continues this weekend as the Badgers travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Kickoff is slated for noon.

"I like what our team is doing in terms of play, it just has to be more consistent," Wilkins said. "We ask them to do a lot of work and I think our legs are a little tired and physically I think we need a little bit of a break here before we go out to Ohio State."


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