Notre Dame 1, Wisconsin 0



SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team was close to holding second-ranked Notre Dame scoreless, but a goal in the 90th minute by the fourth-seeded Fighting Irish was enough to give the Badgers a 1-0 defeat in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Jill Krivacek headed a ball past the near-post off a corner from Katie Thorlakson at 89:07 for the decisive score that put the Fighting Irish (21-1-1) into the third round.

UW (16-6-1), which lost for just the second times in 10 matches, concluded its 2004 campaign with its best record since the 2000 squad went 16-7-1.

"Notre Dame is a great combination team, and I credit their ability to stick with it until the very end," head coach Dean Duerst said. "Late in the match we were hoping for overtime, because anything can help then. I felt the longer the game went, the better our chances were, but we were unfortunate at the end."

Junior midfielder/forward Marisa Brown (Evanston, Ill.) had Wisconsin's lone shot in a game that the Fighting Irish dominated in both shots (18-1) and corner kicks (4-0).

Midfielder Anne Schefter tallied a game-high five shots, while forward Amanda Cinalli added four for UND, which plays Connecticut later this week.

Except for a few breakaways and free kicks, the Badgers played extended defense, especially in the first half when Notre Dame held an 8-0 advantage in shots. Wisconsin's physical play, though, helped keep the Fighting Irish scoreless during that time.

"Our team stuck to our game play well, although we wanted more forward play," Duerst said. "I thought it was a classic game of our strong defense against their talented offense."

That offense made one final push with just over a minute remaining and managed to get a corner kick. Thorlakson earned her 21st assist and 61st point of the season, while Krivavek's goal was her first.

-- Courtesy Wisconsin