Nov. 13, 2010

Courtes of Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Led by freshman Kodee William's (Toronto, Ontario) game-winning goal, the Wisconsin women's soccer team defeated Milwaukee, 2-1, on Friday to advance to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament at Valley Fields.

Wisconsin (11-4-4) took the 1-0 lead heading into intermission, but the second half kept the Badgers on their toes.

Milwaukee (12-7-2) tied the game, 1-1, at the 67:13 mark and Wisconsin answered just 29 seconds later to seal the 2-1 victory.

"I give a huge credit for the team for not getting down, staying focused and getting goals so quickly afterwards," Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said.

"That says a lot about the players on this team, and I am excited for the next game, every game in the NCAA that you can get a win, is a good game."

The Badgers were the first to get on the scoreboard when freshman Catie Sessions (Woodbury, Minn.) sent a through ball up Williams. Located just left of the goal box, the rookie launched a ball to junior Laurie Nosbusch (Mequon Wis.), who propelled a header far post in the 26th minute. Nosbusch's goal marked her 10th of the season.

Milwaukee tied the score at 1-1 when Sarah Hagen fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box. Fellow Panther Sara Stern was credited with assist to help Hagen earn her 19th goal of the season.

"I couldn't even hear myself, just the wind and atmosphere was so energetic and it kept us going," Dalton said of the chilly temperatures and strong second half winds, "The defense had to respect her talent, and tried to clear those balls out as best as we could. Obviously Sarah Hagen got through once, but all together as a team it was a defensive unit once again."

Less than 30 seconds later, with 22:18 left on the clock, Wisconsin junior Lauren Cochlin (Owatonna, Minn.) crossed the ball from the right side of the field to sophomore Monica Lam-Feist (Surrey, British Columbia). Lam-Feist ripped a shot that was deflected by Milwaukee's keeper and Williams capitalized on the deflection, tucking the ball into the net to complete the 2-1 victory.

"Honestly it happened so quickly after their goal, I thought Moni (Monica Lam-Feist) was going to score it," Williams said.

"I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was just trying to focus and not hit it over the net, which was the only thing running through my mind."

Williams now has three game-winning goals for the Badgers and four total goals in her first season.

Wisconsin's NCAA first round victory marks the program's 12th trip to the national tournament's second round in school history.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton (11-3-3) finished with four saves for Wisconsin, increasing her season total to 77.

Wisconsin faces No. 3 seed Marquette in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. The second round takes place at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. The game marks the program's twelfth trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament in school history.