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Evenly-matched duel results in first draw of season for Badgers

Sept. 30, 2012

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Wisconsin 0, Ohio State 0 (2OT)
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium • Columbus, Ohio
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1st 2nd OT 2OT Final
0 0 0 0 0
 Ohio State 0 0 0 0 0
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 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Genevieve Richard 110:00 0 6
OSU Jillian McVicker 65:00 0 1
OSU Rachel Middleman 45:00 0 1
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 Shots 12 15
 Shots on Goal 2 6
 Saves 6 2
 Offsides 1 6
 Corner Kicks 7 5
 Yellow Cards 2 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two halves and a pair of 10-minute overtime periods weren’t enough to determine a winner Sunday as the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team garnered its first draw of the season, playing the Ohio State Buckeyes to a 0-0 tie at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“I told the players before the game that it’s really challenging to play at Minnesota on Thursday, drive until 3 in the morning and have to turn around and play a really good Ohio State team after losing an emotional game three days before,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think it’s tough physically -- it’s definitely hard emotionally -- and I’m really happy they were able to battle it out and play for 110 minutes.”

The Badgers (7-4-1, 1-3-1 Big Ten) saw a wealth of opportunities fall through the cracks, as UW attempted all seven of its corner kicks in the second half, tallying seven shots alone in the final 45 minutes of action.

Junior GK Genevieve Richard got the start in net for Wisconsin, tallying a career-high six saves on 15 shots from the Buckeyes. Richard’s solid outing included a pair of highlight saves in potential goal-scoring situations for the Buckeyes, who remained aggressive offensively throughout the entire 110 minutes of play.

 Fast Facts
• GK Genevieve Richard tallies six saves in shutout
• Badgers move to 2-0-1 in OT games in 2012
• Wisconsin is now 7-4-1 and 1-3-1 in Big Ten play

“I thought [Genevieve] was really consistent,” Wilkins said. “She did a really good job of coming off of her line and coming into her own, and made two very good saves in the game to keep us within contention.”

Wisconsin threatened to score multiple times in the first half, recording three shots, including a potential game-winner from Monica Lam-Feist just before the intermission. But its most promising chances at a goal came on its corner kick opportunities in the final half of regulation.

The flow of the game switched in the Badgers’ favor in the second half, as the Buckeyes (7-4-1, 2-2-1) spent the majority of their time in Wisconsin’s offensive zone. Ohio State defended all seven of UW’s corner kicks well, as the play typically resulted in a clear for the Buckeyes.

“Obviously disappointed in not getting a result here,” Wilkins said. “I thought we got some great looks at goal in the second half and kept Ohio State pretty much playing in our half of the field.”

Both teams scrambled to earn the golden goal in the final overtime period, but neither was able to generate much offense, as each tallied a shot and did not attempt a single corner kick in the final 10 minutes.

Wisconsin returns to the pitch on Friday, Oct.5, as the Badgers welcome the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the McClimon Complex for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“Again, we need to be stronger in the final third but very happy in getting the shutout,” Wilkins said. “Even though we didn’t get the results here and gain those three points we definitely have some things to build on before Nebraska on Friday.”

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