MADISON, Wis. -- Bolstered by three first-half goals, the Wisconsin women's soccer team routed Purdue, 5-1, in front of 362 fans at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Friday night. Five different Badgers scored a goal and 10 players recorded a point in the win.
It was the most goals scored by the Badgers (9-5-3, 4-2-3 Big Ten) since a 7-1 victory over Vermont on Sept. 7, 2008, and it was the largest win by the team since a 4-0 victory against Nevada on Sept. 21, 2008.
In addition, the Badgers' snapped their six-game winless streak against the Boilermakers (6-10-2, 3-5-1), which was tied for the second-longest active UW streak.
• Five different Badgers score and 10 players record a point
• UW scores most goals since 7-1 win over Vermont in 2008
• Victory bumps Wisconsin up to third in Big Ten standings
"We were able to create some very good chances with crosses in the face of the goal and, the stuff we've been talking about all season, we were finally able to do that to put them away," Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We finished our chances when we were calm in the final third, something we've been working on in training."
The victory was crucial in the Big Ten standings, as well, as the Badgers moved from fifth place into a tie for third with just two games remaining. The conference tournament returns in 2011 after a two-year hiatus, and with Northwestern earning an automatic bid as the host school, seven spots are available for the remaining 11 schools.
Penn State is comfortably in the conference lead with 24 points and Illinois is in second with 19. Wisconsin is tied with Michigan State for third with 15 points, but third place and 10th place are separated by only five points. With two games left to play, Wisconsin's victory on Friday was critical.
"Anytime you're heading into postseason play, I think it's important having confidence," Wilkins said. "You need a good goalkeeper ,and I thought Michele [Dalton] did well today for everything that she had. And you need a good goal scorer and if you have a bunch of people scoring, that's just as well."
The Badgers opened the scoring in the 12th minute.
"I got the ball and at first I was thinking about shooting, but then I saw Monica sprinting through and she was onside so I passed it and she scored," Roddar said.
The pair connected again in the 27th minute, but this time it was Roddar who found the back of the net. Lam-Feist crossed a ball in that deflected off Purdue goalkeeper, Clara Kridler, and bounced right to Roddar who converted for the first goal of her career.
Wisconsin added one more goal right before the half.
Joana Bielefeld passed it to Leigh Williams, who was near the left sidelines. Williams then sent a cross into the box where Paige Adams got her head on it with just 29 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Badgers a 3-0 lead.
Wisconsin converted on three of its seven shots in the first half, while Purdue had two of its five shots reach net. However, UW goalkeeper Michele Dalton stopped both chances.
Kellie Phillips got the Boilermakers on the board in the 65th minute when she scored straight in on a corner kick, but Wisconsin added two insurance goals in the final 15 minutes.
Wisconsin finished with a 14-11 advantage on shots, including an 8-6 edge in shots on goal. Dalton made five saves for the Badgers, while Kridler stopped three shots for the Boilermakers. Each team recorded eight corner kicks.
The Badgers are back in action on Sunday against an Indiana team that is in 11th place with six points. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at McClimon Soccer Complex.