UW draws first round match with UWM

first_imgJunior captain Laurie Nosbusch leads Wisconsin into its second consecutive NCAA tournament.[/media-credit]Following their 3-0 regular season finale victory over Northwestern last Monday, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team could do nothing but wait and see if they would be crowned Big Ten champions and be invited to the NCAA tournament.That wait turned out to be bittersweet though, as the Badgers, for the second consecutive year, qualified for the NCAA tournament and finished third in the Big Ten.Wisconsin is set to meet UW-Milwaukee in the first round of the 64-team tournament on Friday at Marquette’s Valley Fields, just five miles away from the Panthers’ campus. The winner of the UW-UWM match will face either Marquette or Central Michigan on the same pitch on Sunday.Kickoff times have yet to be announced.Wisconsin (10-4-4, 7-1-2) needed Ohio State (14-4-1, 8-2) and Penn State (10-8-1, 8-2) to either lose or tie their last matches in order for the Badgers to claim their first conference title since 1996. Ohio State beat Michigan 1-0 while Penn State posted the same score against Michigan after two overtime periods.During the regular season, the Badgers suffered their only conference loss at the hands of the Buckeyes, 1-0 but were able to upend head coach Paula Wilkins’ former team, the Nittany Lions, in a surprise 3-2 win on the road just two days later.Wisconsin also snared its first win of the year against UW-Milwaukee in mid-September at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Junior forward Laurie Nosbusch put back the game-winner in the 16th minute off of a corner kick by junior defender Meghan Flannery.In that contest, the Badgers outshot the Panthers 13-7, although the Panthers’ top offensive threat – junior Sarah Hagen, who has scored 18 goals on the year – left the game in the 27th minute with an injury.This marks the 16th time Wisconsin has qualified for the tournament since the program’s formation in 1981, and second consecutive under Wilkins’ four-year career at Wisconsin.Last season, the Badgers completed their best postseason run in 15 years after making it as far as the Sweet 16. In the first round, UW slipped past Arizona State in penalty kicks before handing a 1-0 defeat against Central Florida in round two. Wisconsin eventually fell to Boston College in a 1-0 decision.Prior to joining the Badgers, Wilkins led the Nittany Lions to six consecutive tournament bids and holds a 19-6-2 all-time tournament record.Five other Big Ten teams qualified for the tournament as well, including Penn State, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.last_img

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