Oct. 12, 2012
Site: McClimon Soccer Complex (Madison, Wis.)
Score: Wisconsin 2, Northwestern 1
Records: NU (4-9-2, 0-7-0 B1G), Wisconsin (9-5-1, 2-4-1 B1G)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Oct. 14, at Minnesota – 1 p.m. – Minneapolis, Minn.
MADISON, Wis. – Northwestern had a spirited second half that included a late goal by junior Bo Podkopacz, but the Wildcats were unable to overcome Wisconsin’s two first-half goals as UW took the match, 2-1.
"We had a couple of really good looks in the first half; Niki Sebo hit the crossbar, Kate Allen got in on a good one and as far as chances go in the first half, I thought that they were fairly even and we probably had the better looks but we were down 2-0," Northwestern head coach Michael Moynihan said. "We challenged them a little bit at halftime and I thought in the second half, we came out with a little fire in our bellies and worked our way back into the game. We really came at them hard I thought in the beginning of the second half. It took a lot of scrapping to finally get the ball to cross the line for us, which was nice to see. That got us back into the game but we just couldn’t get the tying goal. A little bit frustrated but once again I thought we showed a lot of spirit to work our way back into the game. We just need to take charge of the game ourselves and when we do that we’ll start getting some results."
NU came out of halftime with a new energy and had its chances in the second half, especially late in the match. Podkopacz scored her second career goal at the 71:48 mark, capitalizing on a loose ball in the box that she finished at the goal line. Freshman Jennifer Korn set up the goal with a free kick and was credited with the assist, the third of her career.
Shortly after the goal, junior Julie Sierks
had a chance to tie things up, but UW keeper Lauren Gunderson saved her shot. Senior Bri Westlund
had another look for the Wildcats with less than five minutes in the match and Gunderson came through again with the save.
The Wildcats maintained their energy for a majority of the second half and continued to push the ball forward in the closing seconds but were unable to get a shot off for the equalizer.
Cara Walls tallied both goals for Wisconsin, scoring in the 10th minute and again in the 23rd minute.
NU’s best opportunity of the first half came in the 21st minute as Sebo’s shot hit the middle of the crossbar and the Wildcats had a second chance that was blocked. Northwestern’s lone corner kick of the match came with about 10 left minutes to play in the first. Junior Natalie Lagunas sent the corner in to Allen whose header shot went wide right.
Both teams had six shots in the first half but Wisconsin finished with the 13-9 advantage for the match. Freshman goalkeeper Rachel Bergman started in net and again made a career-high in saves. Last Saturday vs. Michigan, she posted a career-best five stops but tonight, she stopped six shots, including four in the first half, setting a new career mark.
The Wildcats continue their Big Ten road trip on Sunday, visiting Minnesota. Match time vs. the Gophers is set for 1 p.m. CT.
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