Lions' Share: Penn State outlasts Wisconsin in Big Ten shootout


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Penn State Penn State 2, 18 Wisconsin 1
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 453

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1st 2nd Final
Penn State
2 0 2
Wisconsin
0 1 1
Scoring
PSU 30:59 Tani Costa (Maya Hayes)
PSU 35:24 Maya Hayes (Mallory Weber, Taylor Schram)
WIS 65:28 Rose Lavelle (Kinley McNicoll)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (7-1-1) 90:00 2 6
PSU Eckerstrom (10-1-1) 90:00 1 3
Stats at a Glance PSU WIS
Shots 16 15
Shots on Goal 8 4
Saves 3 6
Offsides 1 1
Corner Kicks 5 3
Yellow Cards 1 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 4, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Each of the last three meetings between the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team and the Penn State Nittany Lions have been derbies, characterized by fast-paced play and a lot of shot attempts.

Friday’s match at the McClimon Complex was much of the same, but No. 18 UW was unable to muster a successful comeback, falling to No. 8 Penn State, 2-1, in Big Ten action.

“I think we had some mental lapses defensively and we needed to do a little bit better with that,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. “In the second half, I thought we were able to maintain possession and connect some passes and move them around a little bit.

“The pressure in the first half was good and it showed us a little bit of what we need to do to be at that level.”

Fast Facts
• Badgers suffer first Big Ten loss of the season
• Richard comes one-save shy of career-high mark
• Teams tallied combined 31 shots, including 12 SOG

Freshman Rose Lavelle and sophomore Kinley McNicoll connected for the Badgers lone goal of the evening, midway through the second half.

Despite coming one-save shy of her career-high, Wisconsin keeper Genevieve Richard earned her first loss of the season Friday night, falling to 7-1-1.

Down 2-0 at the half, the Badgers continued their relentless offensive attack in search of a good look at goal. They finally broke through in the 66th minute as Lavelle netted her fifth score of the season just six yards out from goal.

McNicoll collected a through ball in the box and slotted a shot at goal. The ball was deflected and Lavelle was able to rebound and beat Penn State keeper Britt Eckerstrom far post to cut the Nittany Lions’ lead to 2-1.

“I think they pressured the ball all over the place and they pressured well and they came at us fast,” Wilkins added. “If we were able to play a little bit quicker, we would’ve been able to get out of it.

“I thought we did that better in the second half.”

Wisconsin would fight to try and secure the equalizer in the final 24 minutes of action but to no avail. The derby, which featured a combined 31 shots, including 12 shots on goal, saw UW maintain possession in its offensive third for a good majority of the first half.

Penn State (10-1-1, 4-0-0) capitalized on a pair of scoring opportunities near the end of the first 45 minutes of action to pull away with the victory.

In the 30th minute, Tani Costa earned Penn State’s first goal of the evening, beating Richard low from just outside the five-yard box. A little over five minutes later, Maya Hayes earned the game-winner, heading in a cross off an early serve from Mallory Weber.

“This game, as well as the Michigan game, taught me that there’s a standard that they can be held to because I know what they can do,” Wilkins explained. “That’s a standard that I’m always going to hold them to. 

“We’re always improving as a unit so we will continue to grow and learn things about ourselves from these types of matches.”

The Badgers return to McClimon on Sunday to welcome Ohio State. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT on the Big Ten Network.

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