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Badgers unable to rebound from slow start in 3-2 OT loss

Oct. 5, 2012

Nebraska 3, Wisconsin 2 (OT)
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd OT Final
 Nebraska 2 0 1 3
 Wisconsin 2 0 0 2
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NEB 13:00 Mayme Conroy (Katie Kraeutner)
NEB 24:14 Mayme Conroy
WIS 24:47 Cara Walls 
WIS 42:46 Lindsey Holmes (Paige Adams)
NEB 91:03 Mayme Conroy (Stacy Bartels)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
NEB Emma Stevens 91:03 2 3
WIS Genevieve Richard 91:03 3 4
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 Shots 11 13
 Shots on Goal 7 5
 Saves 3 4
 Offsides 0 7
 Corner Kicks 2 1
 Yellow Cards 2 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Despite falling behind early and working its way back into the match before the half, the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team could not complete the comeback, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers outlasted the Badgers, 3-2, in overtime at the McClimon Complex on Friday.

"I thought we created some opportunities and we could've gotten a goal but we just didn't get enough on frame," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We're creating these opportunities but the one difference between us and Nebraska today was Nebraska was a little bit hungrier."

After a solid performance in her last outing at Ohio State, junior Genevieve Richard garnered the start in net, recording four saves but giving up the game-winning goal in the second minute of the overtime period.

After playing a scoreless second half that saw a combined 10 shots from the teams, it took only one strike in the overtime period to secure the game-clincher.

 Fast Facts
Lindsey Holmes recorded her first career goal
• Badgers fall to 5-2-0 for home matches
• Wisconsin moves to 7-5-1 overall and 1-4-1 in Big Ten play

Nebraska's Mayme Conroy tallied her 11th goal of the season and sealed the Cornhusker victory in the 91st minute, as her 20-yard laser zipped past the outstretched arms of Richard.

"We gave the ball away in some bad areas and we made some mistakes that are just things that we can't do," Wilkins said. "We want to play a certain way and keep the ball in our possession. Credit to [Conroy] on getting a hat trick, but we need to do a better job in possession for sure."

The Badgers (7-5-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten) battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the match just before the intermission but could not maintain the momentum they used to fuel their comeback.

Nebraska earned the match's first score as Conroy notched the first of her three goals her in the 13th minute on a header from the left flank.

A pair of goals highlighted the 24th minute as Conroy struck gold again, extending Nebraska's lead to 2-0. As play began at midfield following the score, UW sophomore Cara Walls scored recorded her fifth goal of the season on aheader.

Nebraska goalkeeper Emma Stevens came out from net and misplayed the Wisconsin cross, keeping it in play. Walls positioned herself for the header, making contact as the ball sailed over the outstretched arms of Stevens.

After threatening to score multiple times in the final 20 minutes of action prior to the intermission, freshman Lindsay Holmes finally tallied the equalizer for Wisconsin in the 42nd minute. Paige Adams collected the ball at midfield and dribbled down the Cornhusker (6-7-1, 3-3-0) defense, finding Holmes just outside of the box. Holmes drew Stevens out far enough to chip in her first career score just over the head of the keeper, and UW and Nebraska entered the intermission tied at 2-2.

Despite starting the period aggressive and carrying the momentum from a strong second half into overtime, the Badgers were unable to sustain a successful comeback falling to the Cornhuskers for the second time in program history.

The Badgers return to the pitch on Monday, as they take to the road for their final non-conference match of the season against Green Bay. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. from Aldo Santaga Stadium.

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