Exit Row: Badgers fall in opening round of Big Ten tournament


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Wisconsin 3 Penn State 2, 6 Wisconsin 0
2013 Big Ten Tournament
Recreation Fields • Champaign, Ill. 

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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin
0 0 0
 Penn State
2 0 2
 Scoring
PSU 10:49 Taylor Schram (Emily Hurd)
PSU 21:31 Tani Costa (Emily Hurd)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richrd (10-6-1) 90:00 2 3
PSU Eckerstrom (14-5-1) 90:00 0 6
 Stats at a Glance WIS PSU
 Shots 12 8
 Shots on Goal 6 5
 Saves 3 6
 Offsides 2 1
 Corner Kicks 9 6
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 6, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Despite earning its fifth-straight postseason bid, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team could not beat the third-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions nor could they manage the weather conditions, as the No. 6 Badgers fell, 2-0, to Penn State on Wednesday in the opening round of the 2013 Big Ten tournament.

With rain in the forecast the entire day and winds at 15-20 miles per hour, the field conditions on the Illinois Soccer Stadium were so unbearable that all quarterfinal matches were moved to turf fields on the other side of campus.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers drop 1st multi-goal match of the season
• Richard earned three saves on the afternoon
• UW will await Monday's NCAA tourney selection show

The weather, along with the Nittany Lions, gave the Badgers problems in the first 45 minutes of action.

A pair of first-half goals buried Wisconsin in a 2-0 hole, a deficit they would be unable to climb out of.

 “I thought we were very poor in the first half,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. “In the first 15 minutes, Penn State did a great job. They attacked our flanks and exposed us out wide and it took a little time for us to regroup.”

Penn State began the match with the early momentum, taking the early advantage in shots and finally capitalizing on a cross that would give them the early 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of action.

Emily Hurd was able to send in a cross that was collected by Taylor Schram and put away from the top of the box. The score proved to be the game-winner, as UW would concede another goal midway through the first half.

Although they entered the half with a two-goal deficit, UW began the second stanza with a much different attitude. The Badgers outshot Penn State, 6-1, in the first 15 minutes of action, earning a corner kick and a pair of shots on goal.

The later momentum would not be enough though, as Penn State held off UW to advance to the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

“At the end of the first half and the start of the second half I thought we were much better, mostly because we matched them physically,” Wilkins added. “We didn’t dictate what we needed to in the first half and I think that’s sort of been the tale of our season in terms of inconsistency.”

Badgers’ keeper Genevieve Richard earned three stops on the afternoon, including a timely save in the first half on a diving stop with Penn State on the attack.

Wisconsin will now await the NCAA tournament selection show, which is slated for Mon., Nov. 9, to hear if they will make their second straight appearance in the Big Dance.

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