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Badgers withstand the elements in 2-2 draw with Gophers



Sept. 29, 2011

  Wisconsin 2, Minnesota 2
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd OT 2OT Final
1 1 0 0 2
0 2 0 0 2
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• Attendance: 332
MIN 22:04 Nicole Baier (Unassisted)
MIN 46:31 Taylor Uhl (Unassisted)
WIS 58:59 Lindsey Johnson (Catie Sessions)
WIS 61:06 Alev Kelter (Unassisted)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Michele Dalton 110:00 2 9
MIN Cat Parkhill 110:00 2 8
 Stats at a Glance WIS MIN
 Shots 14 19
 Shots on Goal 10 11
 Saves 9 8
 Offsides 2 3
 Corner Kicks 9 1
 Yellow Cards 1 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Playing in difficult elements featuring hard rain and wind gusts near 30 mph, the Wisconsin women's soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Minnesota, 2-2, in double overtime Thursday night at McClimon Soccer Complex.

It's the second straight draw for Wisconsin, which battled Michigan to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, and pushes the Badgers' unbeaten streak to four games. It's also the first draw ever in the 22-game history between Wisconsin and Minnesota, which the Badgers still lead 11-10-1.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers rally from 2-0 deficit to force tie
Lindsey Johnson scores first goal of career
Alev Kelter scores the equalizer in the 62nd minute

Wisconsin is now 7-3-2 on the season and 2-0-2 in the Big Ten. UW is undefeated through four games within the conference for the second straight season. Minnesota holds a 4-6-2 record overall, with a 1-1-2 record in conference play.

"The effort for a team to go against the wind and the rain, being two goals down to come back, you have to give our team some credit," head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We talked about in the group that if they played like they did for the twenty minutes in the second half they would be very good."

The weather wreaked havoc as passes through the air were knocked down by the wind, especially when the teams attacked the north goal. The slick field also made low passes difficult.

"It stopped raining [in the second half] and I think that was a factor because I actually felt warmer," Wisconsin goalkeeper Michele Dalton said. "The dampness and wetness I think was just slowing everybody down. You know your shoes are filled with water and stuff.

"It just slows the game down the pace of the game so I think that is what we were struggling with in the first half. Once it stopped raining we warmed up a bit, we were able to knock the ball around a bit and I think that's why we were successful."

Wisconsin held a noticeable advantage in the time of possession early in the game, but Minnesota opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Nicole Baier attempted a shot that was saved by Dalton, but the rebound wasn't controlled and Baier followed it up with her second goal of the season.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Gophers at halftime, despite Wisconsin holding a 5-2 advantage in shots and a 4-1 lead in shots on goal.

Minnesota started strong in the second half, pushing its lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute on Taylor Uhl's eighth goal of the season.

Wisconsin answered back though, starting its rally in the 59th minute.

At the 58:59 mark, sophomore Catie Sessions sent a corner kick into the box where junior Lindsey Johnson got a head on it to score the first goal of her career.

It took just over two minutes from Johnson's goal for the Badgers to complete the comeback.

From about 25 yards out, junior Alev Kelter let go a shot that deflected off a Minnesota defender and into the back of the net for her third goal of the season at the 61:06 mark.

Dalton came up big for the Badgers in the 69th minute, stopping a point-blank shot attempt by Baier.

Minnesota attempted the only shot in the first overtime session, while each keeper was forced to make a save in the second overtime.

Wisconsin returns to action on Sunday for the third-annual PAC the MAC against Ohio State. The game starts at 1 p.m. and will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

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