Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Wisconsin

It only took one goal for Wisconsin to get past third-seeded Central Florida Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

Although the 1-0 score doesn’t show it, Wisconsin handled the 13th-ranked UCF Knights to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993.

Roxanne Carlson came off the bench for Wisconsin in the final minutes of the first half and made it count. With only 21 seconds left in the first half, Carlson sprinted down the field to connect on a low pass from sophomore Laurie Nosbusch who fed the ball from the far corner. Carlson slotted the the ball to the near post for the game-winning goal.

“There are no words,” said Carlson on scoring the game-winning goal. “I looked over at our bench and got so excited to see everyone so happy. It was kind of an unreal thing. It was really cool.”

Wisconsin outshot the Knights 19-6, including eight shots on goal for the Badgers. The Badgers played a complete game attacking on offense and creating some dangerous chances inside the box. Central Florida’s Aline Reis kept the Knights in striking distance with eight saves, including many impressive kick-saves on some point-blank shots by the Badgers.

One of UW’s many chances came in the second half when Erin Jacobsen took a free kick from the top of the box that bent to the near post. Reis made a diving save to keep the Badgers from going up by two.

“In our locker room there was a great buzz, a great energy,” said third-year head coach Paula Wilkins. “I was afraid we would come out and just defend for the last 45 minutes. And I’m glad we didn’t come out and do that. We created a couple more chances in the second half and didn’t get the result, but we didn’t come out and just defend. I think that was important.”

Wisconsin’s Michele Dalton finished with two saves for her seventh shutout of the season, however the Badger defense stifled UCF’s offense rarely giving up a scoring opportunity.

The second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament was an aggressive battle between the two teams tallying 29 total fouls which included three yellow cards.

Wisconsin will now face Boston College in the third round, however the details on when and where the game will be played have not yet been announced.

Wisconsin Notes
In Wisconsin’s 15th NCAA appearance, the Badgers move to 12-14-1 … UW snapped a six-game losing streak during the second round of the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the sweet 16 for the first time since 1993 when the Badgers advanced to the quarterfinals… UW’s nine-game unbeaten streak is the longest since 1996 when the Badgers went 13-straight games without a loss (10-0-3)… Roxanne Carlson’s game-winner was her first career goal… Nosbusch added an assist in that game for her sixth of the season… Nosbusch leads the team with 18 points, six goals and six assists… this is the Badger’s ninth shutout of the season and seventh game won with a score of 1-0… 13 of UW’s games this season were determined by one goal… Wisconsin is now the only team in the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament after Penn State was upset by Virginia losing 6-2