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Golden Opportunity: Greenhalgh's OT goal puts away Buckeyes

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Ohio State  18 Wisconsin 1,  Ohio State 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 539

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1st 2nd OT Final
 Ohio State
0 0 0 0
0 0 1 1
WIS 97:25 Nikki Greenhalgh (Alev Kelter)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (8-1-1) 97:25 0 6
OSU McVicker (3-3-2) 97:00 1 1
 Stats at a Glance OSU WIS
 Shots 12 16
 Shots on Goal 6 5
 Saves 4 6
 Offsides 3 1
 Corner Kicks 8 6
 Yellow Cards 1 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 6, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- One of the more recurring compliments University of Wisconsin women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins has given her team this season is their ability to display depth by having multiple players step up in key moments.

Sunday against the Ohio State Buckeyes, junior Nikki Greenhalgh provided that depth, tallying the game-winner in overtime to seal UW’s 1-0 win at the McClimon Complex.

“One of the biggest things about the Big Ten is making the most of two-game weekends,” Wilkins said. “Credit to Ohio State for battling but I think our collective attitude and mentality glows in games like this.”

 Fast Facts
• Greenhalgh earns game-winner in OT
• UW records first win over Ohio State since 2007
• Richard came one save shy (6) of career-high

Despite playing just 32 minutes, Greenhalgh provided the knockout punch in the 97th minute of play with just her second goal of the season.

Senior Alev Kelter was able to beat a Buckeye defender left and after racing to the end line, sent a cross into the box that found Greenhalgh who beat Ohio State keeper Jillian McVicker to seal the victory for the Badgers.

The Badgers and Buckeyes played to a scoreless draw through 90 minutes of action, with neither team drawing any type of advantage on either end of the field.

Wisconsin earned its fourth shutout of the season, as junior Genevieve Richard had another dominant performance in the net, tallying six saves and recording her third shutout in the last four matches.

“Genevieve was very good at what she did today,” Wilkins added. “I think she came up with some very key saves to keep us in the game.”

The Badgers nearly ended the match just two minutes earlier, as freshman Rose Lavelle had a breakaway opportunity following a serve from fellow freshman Kylie Schwarz.

After collecting a pass from Richard, Schwarz turned down field and sent a perfect ball over the head of a Buckeye defender and just a few feet away from Lavelle who was sprinting down the left side of the field. Lavelle maintained possession, drawing McVicker from net and after a couple of moves sent in a shot that was saved by a member of OSU’s back line.

Wisconsin would relish a similar opportunity just minutes later to secure its eighth win of the season.

“Overtime is generally won by players who want it a little bit more but we needed to just keep playing,” Wilkins explained. “We didn’t want to just whack things in the box, we wanted to make sure we kept playing and defending well together.”

The Badgers return to the road on Saturday where they will visit Champaign, Ill., to battle the Fighting Illini. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT. 

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