Late surge comes up short as Badgers fall in NCAA tournament



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Wisconsin  UCLA 1, Wisconsin 0
2012 NCAA Tournament
Drake Stadium • Los Angeles, Calif. • Attendance: 541

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 Wisconsin
0 0 0
 UCLA
1 0 1
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UCLA 14:45 Taylor Smith (Caprice Dydasco)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Richard (2-3-1) 90:00 1 4
UCLA Rowland (15-2-0) 90:00 0 0
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 Shots 2 18
 Shots on Goal 0 5
 Saves 4 0
 Offsides 0 3
 Corner Kicks 3 5
 Yellow Cards 2 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Despite a late rally that included a trio of game-changing saves from Badgers keeper Genevieve Richard, the third-seeded UCLA Bruins outlasted the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team, 1-0, in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium on Saturday.

"A huge amount of credit goes to these players," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "I thought every kid threw it out on the line in the second half. A lot of credit should go to the team, as well as the seniors who showed great leadership in their last game.

"UCLA is a very good team -- very well organized and, on this day, I thought the effort was there from our group and we just didn't get the result."

UCLA (16-2-2) earned the match's opening score in the 15th minute, as Taylor Smith netted a header from Caprice Dydasco, who served it from the corner and placed it near post.   

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• Badger GK Genevieve Richard records 4 saves. 
• Wisconsin finishes season 12-8-1. 
Paula Wilkins makes ninth posteason appearance. 

The Badgers entered the contest as one of the final eight teams to qualify for the 64-team Big Dance, but showed the resiliency and perseverance that has characterized their play all season.

Despite falling behind early in the first 20 minutes, the Badgers (12-8-1) came out in the second half looking to strike early on, and they garnered a corner kick in the first three minutes following the intermission.

All three of UW's corner kicks were earned in the last 45 minutes of play, as well as three of four highlight saves from Richard, who played solid despite the early Bruins score.

The Badgers had multiple moments in the match, particularly in the second half, to net the equalizer but were unable to connect on one or two passes that could potentially lead to a big play.

Wisconsin adjusted its strategy coming out of the half, adding pressure on UCLA while allowing its forwards to remain in position for transitional offense.

"We changed some ideas tactically in the second half," Wilkins said. "Obviously in an NCAA game there's nothing to protect so we wanted to pressure them as much as we could and we made those adjustments, which we thought worked."

The Badgers eclipsed the 12-win mark for the 17th time in their 32-year history, and just the fourth time in the last decade.

"Today we started five freshmen and, to get an NCAA game against a team that really hadn't lost too many games this season, is great experience moving forward," Wilkins added. "But I think the most important part is that the seniors left something for these guys to build on and I think we are in good hands and are really looking forward to what the future holds for us."

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