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Bielefeld, Badgers bury Hoosiers with pair of clutch scores

Oct. 21, 2012

Wisconsin 2, Indiana 1
Bill Armstrong Stadium • Bloomington, Ind.
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 Indiana 1 0 1
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IND 14:19 Lara Ross (Bekah White)
WIS 83:49 McKenna Meuer (Paige Adams)
WIS 89:03 Joana Bielefeld (Lindsey Holmes)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
IND Sarah Stone 90:00 2 3
WIS Lauren Gunderson 90:00 1 3
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 Shots 8 12
 Shots on Goal 4 5
 Saves 3 3
 Offsides 2 3
 Corner Kicks 3 9
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Rarely does procrastination pay dividends -- but don't tell that to the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team.

After allowing an early first-half goal to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Badgers battled back, tallying a pair of scores in the final six minutes of action to earn a 2-1 victory at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday.

"I think there's a belief with this group now," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We've had two games where we scored late in the match to tie it up against two tough teams, Illinois and Indiana.

"I think that helps them to believe that no matter what at end of a game they're in it and that there is that possibility of coming back."

After the Badgers (12-5-1, 5-4-1 Big Ten) tied the match on freshman McKenna Meuer's fourth goal of the season in the 83rd minute, UW remained on the attack as freshman Lindsey Holmes collected a through ball in the box sent from the left flank and crossed it to senior Joana Bielefeld near the far post.

The ball was misdirected by Hoosier keeper Sarah Stone, deflecting off of the post and sat just feet away from the goal where Bielefeld tapped it in for her second game-winning score of the season.

"One of the more infamous quotes I've heard is, `The harder I work, the luckier I get,' and I think that's the perfect saying for the two people who scored the goals for us, McKenna and Jo [Bielefeld]," Wilkins said. "You can say they were more opportunistic goals but I think that quote speaks true for the both of them because the harder they work, the luckier they do get, and that's what we needed from them at that moment.

"I don't know if I would say the goals were necessarily lucky, but those two threw it on the line at those particular moments."

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin improves its Big Ten record to 5-4-1
• Badgers remain tied for fourth-place in conference standings
• UW posts season-best fifth-straight win of season

The Badgers posted their season-best fifth-straight win on Sunday with timely saves from senior keeper Lauren Gunderson and by remaining aggressive on the offense despite the early deficit.

Gunderson gave up a goal on what would have been a phenomenal save in the first half, but posted three stops for her 10th win of the season.

"For my sake, I hope they don't make these types of matches a habit, but I think there's definitely a belief and at this point in the season you have to score goals and you have to believe you can defend," Wilkins added. "Today's win was important in solidifying those beliefs."

The Hoosiers (9-8-1, 4-6-0) tallied the match's first score in the 14th minute as Lara Ross netted her second goal of the season on an assist from Bekah White.

The Badgers conclude the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a visit to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. (CT).

Following the win, Wisconsin remains in the Big Ten tournament hunt, and is currently in a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed. Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State have all but locked up the top-three spots, with Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois jockeying to round out the fourth, fifth and sixth-place positions. The top eight teams in the final Big Ten standings qualify for the conference tournament, which kicks off Oct. 31 in Bloomington, Ind.

 "Credit to Jo and the entire season class for their leadership," Wilkins said. "They've taken control of their season and at this time in the year that's what you need from your seniors."

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