Oct. 31, 2011
• 2011 Big Ten Tournament Bracket
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin women's soccer team has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, which takes place Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on the campus of Northwestern.
Wisconsin opens tournament play against No. 5 Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night in the final game of the opening round.
The Badgers and Gophers met earlier this season in Madison on Sept. 29. Playing in difficult elements featuring hard rain and wind gusts near 30 mph, UW rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw in double overtime.
Minnesota led 1-0 at halftime and pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute before the Badgers began their comeback. Lindsey Johnson scored on a header off a corner kick from Catie Sessions to cut the Gophers' lead to 2-1 in the 59th minute.
Just over two minutes later, at the 61:06 mark, Alev Kelter let go a shot from 25 yards that deflected off a Minnesota defender and into the back of the net for the equalizer.
Wisconsin has won two titles - 1994 and 2005 - at the Big Ten tournament, which returns for the first time since 2008. The Badgers last played in the tournament in 2006, losing in the first round to Illinois, 3-0. Overall, Wisconsin has a 12-10-2 record at the event.
The winner of Wednesday's Wisconsin-Minnesota contest moves to the semifinals to face either No. 1 Penn State or No. 8 Northwestern at 3:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
The finals are set for 3 p.m. on Sunday. Both semifinal matchups and the finals will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.