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Meuer, Badgers outlast Spartans in Big Ten home opener

Sept. 21, 2012

14 Wisconsin 1, Michigan State 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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 Michigan State
0 0 0
 Wisconsin 1 0 1
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• Attendance: 1,029
WIS 26:25 McKenna Meuer (Monica Lam-Feist)
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MSU Courtney Clem 90:00 1 2
WIS Lauren Gunderson 90:00 0 6
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 Shots 10 11
 Shots on Goal 6 3
 Saves 2 6
 Offsides 1 1
 Corner Kicks 4 6
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis.-- A first-half goal from freshman McKenna Meuer and a stout defensive effort in the latter stages of the match were all the No. 14 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team needed Friday, as it outlasted Michigan State, 1-0.

Meuer's score made a winner of UW in its Big Ten home opener in front of 1,029 fans at the McClimon Complex in the first game of the Pac the Mac doubleheader.

“I see some really great flashes for us but there are small things in the game that I would like to clean up and improve on,” UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. “There are certain things I really want to see the leaders take over and be a little bit better at, but to be honest, I thought we just played some very good soccer today against a Michigan State team that was really organized and prepared.”

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin extends its home winning streak to five matches. 
• Freshman McKenna Meuer recorded her third goal in nine career matches played.
• Senior GK Lauren Gunderson recorded her fourth shutout of the season.

Goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson improved her mark to 7-2-0 on the season and again played a vital role in the Badgers' fifth home victory in a row, tallying six saves and recording her fourth shutout of the season.

The Badgers (7-2-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) outshout Michigan State, 11-10, and saw a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, including five alone in the second half.

Wisconsin struck gold in the 26th minute, as senior Monica Lam-Feist found Meuer on a give-and-go for the contest’s only score. Meuer’s goal, which was her third in nine games, came from the top right of the box as the ball rose above the outstretched arms of Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem and into the back of the net.

“It’s awesome,” Meuer said. “When you win in the Big Ten you know that you’ve had great competition. Michigan State is a good team so a win against them is a right step in the right direction.”

Clem, who ranked 23rd in the country in goals-against average (.537) prior to tonight’s duel, tallied a pair of saves, but came up short on Meuer’s second game-winning goal of the season.

The Spartans (7-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) moved the ball well and had numerous opportunities to score the equalizer late in the second half but were unable to capitalize on a pair of corner kicks.

“Getting a huge win in front of this crowd with a good organized Michigan State team on our heels is always important,” Wilkins said. “Obviously my heart stopped at the very end there.

“I was really proud with some of the tactical stuff we did to close out the match. Again we just have to be consistent with some of our passes -- I think we gave them some of their greatest opportunities.”

The Badgers continue their two-game conference homestand by welcoming the Michigan Wolverines to the McClimon Complex on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT.

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