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Walls scores twice as Badgers clinch spot in Big Ten tournament



Oct. 23, 2011

 Wisconsin 2,  Indiana 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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WIS 20:57 Cara Walls (Unassisted)
WIS 69:15 Cara Walls (Laurie Nosbusch, Catie Sessions)
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IU Lindsay Campbell 90:00 2 4
WIS Michele Dalton 90:00 0 4
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 Shots 8 20
 Shots on Goal 4 6
 Saves 4 4
 Offsides 2 4
 Corner Kicks 3 3
 Yellow Cards 2 2
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Freshman Cara Walls scored her team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season and the Wisconsin women's soccer team earned a spot in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament with a 2-0 win over Indiana on Sunday at McClimon Soccer Complex.

"Getting two wins in a weekend was going to be really important for us physically as a group, we haven't done that since Dayton and Cincinnati," Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We got more people wanting to play and we got some more people playing time, getting ready for the Big Ten tournament because it's going to be a couple-day tournament."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers earn spot in Big Ten tourney as No. 3 or No. 4 seed
• Walls scores team-best eighth and ninth goals of season
• Dalton makes save on penalty kick in posting sixth shutout

With Sunday's win, the Badgers are now tied with Michigan State for third in the Big Ten with 18 points. Wisconsin can either finish in third or fourth place depending on next weekend's finale.

The Badgers end the regular season next Saturday at home against Iowa, which is tied for fifth with 14 points. Michigan State, meanwhile, travels to last-place Northwestern.

On Sunday against Indiana, Wisconsin took advantage of a Hoosier mistake to take a 1-0 lead.

In the 21st minute, the ball was played back to Indiana goalkeeper, Lindsay Campbell. She tried to pass it out, but Walls was there to intercept it. The freshman dribbled to her right and buried it in the back of the net to stake the Badgers to the early lead.

Wisconsin outshot the Hoosiers, 11-4, in the first half. Campbell ended with two saves in the first 45 minutes for IU, while Michele Dalton stopped two shots for the Badgers.

Indiana had a chance to tie the game at 1-1 in the 58th minute when a foul was called on the Badgers in the penalty box.

Orianica Velasquez, who played for Colombia in the 2011 Women's World Cup, stepped in to take the kick for the Hoosiers. Velasquez looked to go to the lower left corner, but Dalton dove to her right and came up with the big save to keep IU off the board.

"One thing you know about Michele is that she believes she is going to make a difference in the game," Wilkins said. "She made it in the first half with the save towards the near post and she did it on the PK to keep the game at 1-0. Give huge credit to a senior who feels desperate at the end of the season and wants to make an impression."

Eleven minutes later, Wisconsin added to its lead thanks to Walls.

Off passes from Catie Sessions and Laurie Nosbsuch, Walls turned in to the middle of the field and got a shot off that hit off Campbell and then off the left post before trickling into the goal.

"It was a flick from Laurie," Walls said. "I took it on my chest because I knew I wanted to go to the inside so I could try to get a shot off. I was falling over because I had bad balance so it was kind of a weak shot, but it still went in."

Walls tied her career high with her two goals. She also scored twice at Michigan State on Sept. 23.

The Badgers finished with a 20-8 advantage in shot during the game, including a 6-4 lead in shots on goal. Both goalkeepers stopped four shots in the game, while Dalton posted her sixth shutout of the season in the win.

The regular season concludes for Wisconsin next Saturday at home against Iowa. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

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