May 8, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin women’s soccer head coach Paula Wilkins has always used the spring season as a time for her players to develop, both technically and tactically, before beginning their off-season regiment heading into fall camp.
After solid performances throughout the spring, which included an unbeaten record in five matches, the Badgers enter the early portion of the off season with an increased level of confidence and a.
“The most rewarding part of the spring for me is to see these players go all out and have a blast doing it,” Wilkins said. “I think this team especially has a sense of what it takes to get to the next level and for me it’s been about using last season as a learning tool and not making those same mistakes.
“This spring they’ve done a great job of taking the onus on themselves and being leaders, and I think that just comes from the experience and hunger this team has.”
Following a home win over Marquette on April 16, the Cardinal and White set their sights back on the road as they closed out the spring with matches at Illinois and Milwaukee.
It was the upperclassmen that carried UW to a win at the Illini, as Kodee Williams and Cara Walls each tallied scores to push the Badgers to a 2-0 win. The Badgers did not have to travel far for their final match of the spring slate, taking on Milwaukee on May 1. The duel had all the makings of an in-state derby, as both squads blitzed one another offensively, ending the match in a 3-3 draw.
“I tend not to put a lot of weight on the outcome of these games but the progress and work rate of this team this spring has been impressive,” Wilkins said. “They really embraced the details and took a lot of the things we coached them on and used the spring to work on them.
“For a coach that’s great to see and it makes me even more anxious to see what the fall will bring.”