While the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-2-4 Big Ten, 9-5-8 overall) didn’t wind up with the result it was hoping for against the No. 9-seed Florida Gators (8-3-0 SEC, 17-5-1 overall), the Badgers will come back to Madison with nothing to hang their heads about. After receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, taking care of Marquette at home in the first round and ultimately getting eliminated by the Florida Gators, Wisconsin’s season is officially over. The Badgers took Florida into double overtime before the Gators put the game away on a goal in the 106th minute, courtesy of senior forward Brooke Sharp.
Rose Lavelle proved to everyone at the McClimon Complex why she is the No.1 player in the country, as she led Wisconsin (9-8-4) to a 1-0 victory over Marquette (12-2-8) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Lavelle scored the lone goal in the 30th minute for the Badgers with a bomb off the edge of the 18-yard box that beat Marquette goaltender Maddy Henry at the far post.
A year ago, Wisconsin was surprisingly left out of the NCAA tournament. They would not experience that same disappointment this year, receiving an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. Not only did the Badgers (5-2-4 Big Ten, 8-4-8 overall) get a spot in the tournament, but they also will be hosting. And not only will the Badgers be hosting the game, they also will be hosting in-state rival Marquette University (7-2-0 Big East, 12-7-2 overall), whom they took down 2-0 the one time the teams matched up earlier this season.
To say last year’s NCAA selection show left a foul taste in Kylie Schwarz’s mouth would be an understatement.
Resilience paid dividends for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-2-4 Big Ten, 8-4-7 overall) . On a cold fan appreciation night, the Badgers beat Rutgers (4-2-5, 9-3-6) 2-1 and secured the No. 5 seed heading into the Big 10 Tournament. The Badgers extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches with this victory at the McClimon Complex, remaining unbeaten against Rutgers and snapping the Scarlet Knights’ six-game winning streak. Corner kicks were frequent in the game; the Badgers took 12 corners, but failed to capitalize early in the game when they advanced into Rutgers’ attacking third.
It’s been a long season for the Wisconsin Badgers’ women’s soccer team (4-2-4 Big Ten, 7-4-7 overall) filled with ups and downs, wins, losses, ties and overtime matches—eight, to be exact.
It was a quick victory Sunday afternoon for Wisconsin (4-2-3 Big Ten, 7-4-6 overall) against the Spartans of Michigan State (2-7-0, 5-10-1). Of course, the game itself wasn’t especially quick—it lasted the usual 90 minutes—but quick in the sense that senior midfielder Michaela Powers scored the first and only goal of the match in the first minute of play. The goal was assisted by sophomore forward Emily Borgmann just 22 seconds into the match. As a whole, the Badgers outshot Michigan State 10-9.
After battling a strong Nebraska team at home, a game that in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes, gaining a victory against Iowa and another draw with Michigan, the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2-3 Big Ten, 6-4-6 overall) are ready to head to East Lansing to add one more victory to their résumé against a weak Michigan State Spartans team (2-6-0, 5-9-1). Wisconsin hopes to keep up the defensive intensity it’s had going in those past three games.
Thursday night, the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2-2 Big Ten, 6-4-5 overall), coming off a dominant win against Iowa, will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on No. 25 Michigan (5-2-0, 9-3-1), which has yet to lose at home this season. On Sunday, the Badgers put all the pieces together defensively and shut down a Hawkeyes team that never got the chance to produce much offense.
After starting the weekend with a 1-1 tie against Nebraska, the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2-2 Big Ten, 5-4-5 overall) continue their homestand with a game against Iowa (1-5-0, 7-7-0) Sunday afternoon. Iowa, which has struggled mightily in Big Ten play, is coming off a tough 3-0 loss to Minnesota on the road Thursday night, where the shot-happy Gophers proved way too much for Hawkeye freshman netminder Claire Graves to handle. With UW’s offensive dominance thus far this season, Graves will be in for another tough test when her Hawkeyes come to McClimon Soccer Complex: The Badgers have outshot their opponents 218-122 and have outscored them 16-13 overall. Leading the Badgers in scoring are senior midfielders Micaela Powers and Rose Lavelle.
There was no lack of excitement in Thursday night’s thriller between the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2-2 Big Ten, 5-4-5 overall) and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-2-1, 9-4-1), which ultimately ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods. The game went back and forth from the first whistle up until Nebraska found the back of the net thanks to a corner from junior midfielder Haley Hanson, which was put away by senior midfielder Sydney Miramontez. After that first goal, the game managed to stay 1-0 in Nebraska’s favor until sophomore Dani Rhodes took matters into her own hands.
After last week’s loss at Indiana, the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2-1 Big Ten, 5-4-4 overall) traveled 267 miles west to Minneapolis and put their frustration into action, snagging their biggest win of the season so far in a 1-0 overtime thriller against No. 8 Minnesota (3-1-1, 9-3-1) Saturday.
The Wisconsin Badgers (1-2-1 Big Ten, 4-4-4 overall) went on their first conference road trip of the season this past weekend, defeating Purdue (1-2-0, 3-6-0) and falling to Indiana (2-2-0, 5-6-1). Saturday, the Badgers traveled to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on the Boilermakers, who scored one goal in the first half of the game.
The Wisconsin Badgers (3-2-3) are riding a two-game win streak to open Big Ten play on Friday against No. 19 Ohio State (6-2-0) at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Head coach Paula Wilkins and her young Wisconsin (1-1-2) team are headed west this weekend to take on No. 2 Stanford (3-0-0) on Thursday and No. 22 Santa Clara (2-2-0) on Sunday.
After a tough start to their Big Ten schedule last weekend, the Badgers (0-1-1 Big Ten, 3-4-3 overall) will look to get their first conference win of the year. They will take on both Indiana (0-0-2, 3-3-4) and Purdue (1-1-0, 6-3-0) this week- end. In order for Wisconsin to get a win against one of its conference foes, it will need to start putting the ball into the back of the net and establish more offensive consistency.
The Badgers may be red hot, but there is no doubt the team is looking forward to leaving the brutal cold as they head to Florida for their second game in the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin will face one of its toughest tests all season in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday as the Badgers (18-2-2) take on DePaul (16-0-4) in Madison.