Senior Salute: Badgers earn shutout in regular-season finale


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Northwestern Wisconsin 3, Northwestern 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 428

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1st 2nd Final
 Northwestern
0 0 0
 Wisconsin
2 1 3
 Scoring
WIS 12:54 Lindsey Holmes
WIS 33:06 Cara Walls (Kinley McNicoll)
WIS 80:16 McKenna Meuer (Rose Lavelle)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (10-5-1) 90:00 0 3
NU Hascher  45:00 2 2
NU Herman  39:27 1 1
NU Hatfield (0-3-0) 5:33 0 0
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 Shots 9 22
 Shots on Goal 3 6
 Saves 3 3
 Offsides 0 3
 Corner Kicks 3 13
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 1, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- In one of the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s most complete wins of the season, the Badgers outlasted the Northwestern Wildcats, 3-0, at the McClimon Complex on Saturday.

After earning one-goal decisions in each of their last seven matches, the Badgers (10-6-2, 5-5-1) earned their fifth shutout of the season and their 11th multi-goal performance of the season in their regular-season finale.

“I like that we created a bunch of chances,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It’s a nice way to end this season, because I think that the Big Ten Tournament starts a new season.”

 Fast Facts
• Win marks fifth shutout of the season for UW
• Holmes tallies her first goal of 2013
• 11th multi-goal game for Badgers in 2013

Goals from Lindsey Holmes, Cara Walls and McKenna Meuer paced Wisconsin to its 10th win of the season. UW has now reached the 10-win plateau five times during the seven-year Wilkins era.

The Badgers netted the first of three scores in the 12th minute of action, as sophomore Lindsey Holmes earned her first score of the season on an unassisted goal.

Holmes collected the ball 30 yards out from net and dribbled toward the goal line, sending in a shot from left of net and beating Northwestern keeper Jenna Hascher far post.

Just 21 minutes later, Kinley McNicoll connected with Walls for ninth score of the season, extending the Badgers’ lead to 2-0, an advantage they would carry into the intermission against the Wildcats (3-14-2, 1-10-0).

A first-half barrage from UW, which included 16 shots, was contrasted with a much more conservative final 45 minutes of action.

Despite tallying only six total shots in the second stanza, the Badgers were able to add a third and final goal in the 80th minute on a corner, as freshman Rose Lavelle found Meuer in the box for the sophomore’s second score of the season.

Wisconsin honored both of its seniors, Alev Kelter and Nicole Le Petina, prior to kickoff. Kelter, a starter, and La Petina, a three-year letterwinner, were both able to see the field on the afternoon, providing leadership and preparing the group for the finale and the postseason.

“(Our seniors) have played so many different roles,” Wilkins explained. “The biggest thing is that Alev brings a lot of leadership and Nicole has also brought leadership but in a different way -- she’s dealt with a lot of injuries and had to grind through that.

“She is a person who makes a lot of things successful behind the scenes. Alev has been more of the flash on the field, but I think they both brought leadership, even to this game today they got the team ready to play.”

With the win, the Badgers have positioned themselves to earn a spot at next week’s Big Ten women’s soccer tournament in Champaign, Ill. The final seedings of the tournament, which kicks off with quarterfinal match-ups on Wed., Nov. 6, will be decided following Saturday night’s Big Ten contests.

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