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Badgers earn sixth shutout of season in final non-conference tilt

Oct. 8, 2012

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Wisconsin 2, Green Bay 0
Aldo Santaga Stadium • Green Bay, Wis.
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1st 2nd Final
2 0 2
 Green Bay 0 0 0
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• Attendance: 123
WIS 11:00 Kinley McNicoll
WIS 30:17 Paige Adams
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Genevieve Richard 90:00 0 2
GB Katy Pilarzyk 45:00 2 3
GB Nastacia Behle 45:00 0 3
 Stats at a Glance GB WIS
 Shots 4 21
 Shots on Goal 2 8
 Saves 6 2
 Offsides 3 1
 Corner Kicks 1 8
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis.  --  Genevieve Richard recorded her second shutout in three starts in net as the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team got back to its winning ways, outlasting the Green Bay Phoenix, 2-0, at a chilly Aldo Santaga Stadium on Monday.

"We talked about having a performance like this as a team," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We wanted to get the details right. No matter what we wanted to get back to what we did well -- things in transition, defending together as a group,  being able to keep the ball and keeping our shape was going to be important for us tonight and we did all of them well."

 A pair of first half scores from freshman Kinley McNicoll and junior Paige Adams, respectively, allowed the Badgers (8-5-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten) to comfortably manage a two-goal advantage throughout the match. Richard, who has shined in three starts in net, recorded three saves and posted her first career win. 

The Badgers used an aggressive offensive attack to counter the Phoenix's stern defensive strategy, outshooting their Horizon league foe 21-4. The Phoenix (4-9-1, 1-2-1 Horizon) recorded six saves but gave up the two most crucial shots on goal, with the first coming early in the match. 

 Fast Facts
• Adams tallies fifth goal of season
• Wisconsin now 16-0-0 against Green Bay
• Badgers improve record to 8-5-1

Wisconsin got off to an early start as McNicoll tallied her third-career goal in the 13th minute on a laser from 25-feet out. McNicoll collected the ball just inside of the midfield stripe, dribbled through the Phoenix defense and let go a shot that sailed over the outstretched arms of Green Bay keeper Katy Pilarzyk.

"I thought Kinley did a great job," Wilkins said. "Actually there were three or four great little combination plays in the midfield -- small passes and good shifts we wanted, good supporting angles and I think it just opened her up to get a shot from a distance. That's something Kinley's been able to do for us this whole year so that was exciting for us to be able to do early on."

After a wealth of missed opportunities, Wisconsin extended its lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute on Adams' fifth goal of the season. Adams took advantage of a misplayed goal kick, intercepting the keeper's pass and beating her to the goal before punching it in to an empty net.

Despite the quick strikes, the Badgers threatened throughout the entire match, displaying a balanced attack and tallying 11 and 10 shots in the first and second half, respectively.

The Badgers close out their regular season home schedule this weekend, as they welcome a pair of Big Ten foes to the McClimon Complex. Northwestern will visit Madison on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest before Illinois and UW take to the pitch Sunday for a 4 p.m. kickoff on BTN. Friday's contest will include a brief ceremony pre-match to celebrate the UW seniors final home duel.   

"We knew this game was going to be important for us in terms of our last five Big Ten games," Wilkins said. "Obviously Green Bay is always well organized and it's always a challenge to play in this environment so we're really excited that we've got this win and we can now go back and get ready for Northwestern on Friday."

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