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Gopher Hole: Badgers buried by Minnesota on double-overtime goal

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Minnesota Minnesota 1, Wisconsin 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance:306

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1st 2nd OT 2OT Final
0 0 0 1 1
0 0 0 0 0
MINN 108:25 Haley Helverson (Katie Thyken)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (9-4-1) 108:25 1 6
MINN Hobbs (7-4-0) 108:25 0 10
Stats at a Glance MINN WIS
Shots 17 32
Shots on Goal 8 11
Saves 10 6
Offsides 0 1
Corner Kicks 8 8
Yellow Cards 1 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 24, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- In what proved to be a defensive battle all the way to the final seconds of the match, the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team fell, 1-0, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in double overtime on Thursday at the McClimon Complex.

Despite earning the advantage in shots, 32-17, Wisconsin (9-5-2, 4-4-1) was unable to overcome a late attack by the Gophers.

"I think one of the biggest problems that we have is that our defending isn't very good and I'll take responsibility as a coach for that," Paula Wilkins said. "It needs to be better, but I thought our defending was poor."

Fast Facts
• Richard earned six saves in net for the Badgers
• Game marked UW's fifth OT match of the season
• Wisconsin outshot Minnesota, 32-17

The Badgers, who outshot Minnesota 3-2 in the second overtime alone, suffered a break down on defense in the final sequence of the match, leading to the game-winning goal in the 108th minute. 

Minnesota's Katie Thyken sent in a cross from the end line, connecting with Haley Helverson, who took a couple of dribbles left to right and blasted a shot that beat Badgers' keeper Genevieve Richard low and ended the match. 

The match was evenly contested throughout the first 90 minutes of action, with the Badgers nearly striking gold in the last five minutes of regulation. Following a corner kick from sophomore Kinley McNicoll, the ball was sent into the box and kicked around between teams before sophomore Brianna Stelzer got a foot on it, carrying the ball up and deflecting it off of the cross. 

UW would continue to possess the ball in their third of the field multiple times during the first and second overtime but were unable to find any good looks on net. 

"We have to win the next few games to get into the Big Ten Tournament and that's what we're going to have to focus on," Wilkins added. "We have to defend better."

The Badgers hit the road for a 12:30 p.m. CT kickoff with Indiana on Sunday. The match marks UW's final regular-season road match of 2013.

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