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Badgers use dominant offensive attack to outlast Purdue in 4-2 victory

Oct. 19, 2012

 Wisconsin 4, Purdue 2
Boilermaker Soccer Complex • West Lafayette, Ind.
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1st 2nd Final
2 2 4
 Purdue 0 2 2
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• Attendance: 244
WIS 38:06 Cara Walls (Kinley McNicoll)
WIS 38:33 Monica Lam-Feist (Kodee Williams)
WIS 47:37 Monica Lam-Feist (Joana Bielefeld)
PUR 72:09 Jordan Pawlik
WIS 79:50 Cara Walls (Lindsey Johnson)
PUR 87:07 Kate Fowee (Kim Love)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
PUR Clara Kridler 53:35 3 3
PUR Yana Lyon 36:25 1 1
WIS Lauren Gunderson 90:00 2 2
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 Shots 9 18
 Shots on Goal 4 8
 Saves 4 2
 Offsides 2 2
 Corner Kicks 4 7
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- A pair of two-goal performances from senior Monica Lam-Feist and sophomore Cara Walls proved too much for Purdue, as the Wisconsin women’s soccer team extended its win streak to four matches in its 4-2 victory at the rainy Boilermaker Soccer Complex on Friday.

“This win was something we definitely needed,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. “After not getting off to a good start in the Big Ten, it was important for us to get those wins at home and carry that momentum into tonight’s match against Purdue.

“It’s always challenging to play on the road in the Big Ten and this was no different.”

The Badgers (11-5-1, 4-4-1 Big Ten) doubled the Boilermakers in shots (18), as well as shots on goal (8), and defended all seven Purdue corner kicks to perfection, including four straight at one point early in the first half.

Despite the less than stellar weather conditions at kickoff, UW remained composed and looked to strike early by attacking Purdue’s back line. It took the Badgers nearly the entire half to find the net, but in a three-goal, nine-minute span, Wisconsin blew the match wide open.

 Fast Facts
Monica Lam-Feist records her first multi-goal performance of the season.
• Badgers improve their Big Ten record to 4-4-1.
• Wisconsin eclipses 11 wins for just fifth time in the last decade. 

After 37 minutes of scoreless, but aggressive, play from both sides, the Badgers got on the board by taking advantage of their only corner kick of the first half. Freshman Kinley McNicoll placed the ball perfectly into the 18-yard box and Walls netted her ninth goal of the season on the header, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead.

Less than 30 seconds after Walls’ score, Lam-Feist was seen streaking toward the Purdue goal -- following an intercepted pass -- and securing UW’s second score of the night. Despite Walls’ goal just seconds before, Lam-Feist remained on the defense as play resumed at midfield -- picking off the Boilermaker pass and dribbling into the 18-yard box, where she attempted a sliding shot just outside of the reach of Purdue keeper Clara Kridler.

The Badgers succeeded in thwarting any thoughts of a Purdue (7-8-2, 2-6-1) comeback shortly after the intermission. Just three minutes into the second half, Lam-Feist recorded her second goal of the contest, extending UW’s lead to 3-0 with 43 minutes remaining.

“Monica was special today in the midfield,” Wilkins said. “Once we got our feet underneath us, I thought we settled down and we were able to get some play through Monica on a consistent basis. It was an important element for us to get those two goals from her.”

Jordan Pawlick netted Purdue’s first goal in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick, as she beat Wisconsin senior GK Lauren Gunderson to the far post.

Walls added an insurance goal in the 80th minute for Wisconsin, collecting a set piece just outside the box and sending the ball across her body toward the opposite post.

“In the last three games, Cara has been fantastic in terms of finishing her chances and that consistency has brought the entire team to a whole new level,” Wilkins said. “It’s something we always knew she had in her and we just have to keep fostering that and she just has to remain focused.”

A late score from Boilermaker freshman Kate Fowee cut the deficit to 4-2, but it was not enough as the Badgers secured their fourth Big Ten win an their fifth 11-win season in the last decade.

Gunderson, who appeared in the starting lineup for the 13th time this season, tallied two very impressive saves despite giving up a pair of Boilermaker goals in the second half.

“Moving forward we have to take care of our business in terms of one game at a time and getting three points,” Wilkins added. “We’re still striving to get into the Big Ten tournament, and that’s the main focus for our group.”

Wisconsin takes to the pitch on Sunday as it travels to Bloomington, Ind., to take on the Hoosiers. Kickoff is slated for noon (CT).  

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