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Badgers play Wildcats to 1-1 draw



Oct. 14, 2011

Wisconsin 1, Northwestern 1
Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill.
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1st 2nd OT 2OT Final
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• Attendance: 375
WIS 72:45 Joana Bielefeld (Lindsey Johnson)
NU 86:07 Niki Sebo (Jill Dunn)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Michele Dalton 110:00 1 6
NU Anna Cassell 110:00 1 8
 Stats at a Glance WIS NU
 Shots 20 11
 Shots on Goal 9 7
 Saves 6 8
 Offsides 6 0
 Corner Kicks 8 5
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Joana Bielefeld score the first goal of her career as the Wisconsin women's soccer team battled Northwestern to a 1-1 draw in double overtime at Lakeside Field Friday night in Evanston, Ill.

The Badgers' record moves to 8-4-3 on the season and 3-1-3 in the Big Ten with the tie. The Wildcats picked up their first tie of the season and are now 2-11-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the conference.

 Fast Facts
• Bielefeld scores the first goal of her career
• Dalton makes six saves in net for UW
• Badgers' final road game of season comes Sunday

"I thought in the first half we did a good job connecting passes, getting forward and having a good flow to the game," Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said. "In the second half, Northwestern really took control of the game for the first 15 minutes and we didn't respond very well.

"I thought we created some chances, probably enough chances to win the game. Obviously we outshot them and out-cornered them. We were able to get into the final third and create scoring chances."

Despite outshooting the Wildcats 6-2, Wisconsin found itself in a scoreless draw at the half.

UW was able to move ahead in the 72nd minute.

Off a free kick from the right of the net by Lindsey Johnson, Bielefeld found herself free in the box and headed home the go-ahead goal.

"It was a well-driven ball," Wilkins said of the goal. "Jo beat her player and had a great header to finish it and did really well."

The goal looked to be a good omen for UW as the Badgers entered the game with a 7-0-0 record when scoring first.

However, 14 minutes after Bielefeld's goal, the Wildcats found the equalizer.

After Wisconsin failed to properly clear the ball, Northwestern had a corner kick. The Wildcats won the first ball, but UW cleared. Jill Dunn took control of the ball, however, and served it to the back post where Niki Sebo scored from a yard out for her first goal of the season.

In overtime, Wisconsin outshot the Wildcats, 8-3, including a 5-0 advantage in the first extra session, but couldn't find the back of the net.

"I think it's our growing pains in understanding that it has to be a continuous and consistent effort," Wilkins said of the team failing to hold the lead. "I thought we felt comfortable in the game, but didn't understand that Northwestern had changed a little bit what they were doing and we didn't react to it."

Michele Dalton had six saves in goal for UW, while Anna Cassell made eight stops for the Wildcats.

Wisconsin now turns its attention to Sunday's contest against an Illinois team that entered Friday trailing the Badgers by one point in the Big Ten standings.

"I think we have to take care of our bodies," Wilkins said. "Illinois is a very good combining team. I think we'll have to defend really well against them. We need to create some more opportunities in terms of people getting forward. It's going to be harder on the second day and it will be a mental challenge for us, especially on the road."

The Badgers play their final road game of the season on Sunday at Illinois. The contest begins at 3 p.m. and airs live on the Big Ten Network.

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