Panthers Fall To #13 Wisconsin On Golden Goal
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Sept. 12, 2012) - Joana Bielefeld scored the game-winning goal midway through the first overtime period as No. 13 Wisconsin handed the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team a tough 2-1 loss Wednesday evening in front of 1,116 fans at Engelmann Stadium.
The Panthers (1-4-1) showed great energy throughout the contest, taking a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute, but were unable to hold on against a Badger (6-1) squad that came into the game averaging nearly three goals per game.
"I think we demonstrated our hard work the last couple weeks and have made a lot of progress with a young group," Milwaukee head coach Greg Henschel said. "I'm really pleased with the effort out there and I thought it was a very good representation of the last two weeks for us."
Sammy Vovos scored for UWM, finishing a header off a Kelsey Holbert corner kick. Holbert's corner cleared the far post, but Hannah Kaul headed a centering ball back in front of goal where Vovos was to finish. Vovos had just entered the game on the corner kick.
Wisconsin seized momentum from that point, launching a number of shots at the Milwaukee goal. Twice a Panther defender cleared a ball off the line, while Jamie Forbes made a handful of spectacular saves. Shortly after the team scored, Kaul came through to block a point-blank shot on an open net, while Sky Perna deflected a shot from inside the far post to keep the game level at 1-1.
Kodee Williams tied the game for the Badgers in the 78th minute, a product of constant pressure. Paige Adams brought a ball down the side line and sent a cross to the far post for Williams to one-time into the net.
The game-winner came in the 96th minute on a corner kick, Wisconsin's 11th of the game. Kinley McNicoll sent her corner to the middle of the box when Bielefeld was to head the ball into the goal.
UW outshot Milwaukee 20-10 and had six more corners (11-5). Forbes finished the game with five saves, while Lauren Gunderson stopped four shots for the Badgers.
Both teams showed great energy in the first half, as a back-and-forth period yielded a scoreless tie heading into halftime. Wisconsin held a slight 6-5 shot advantage in the opening frame, but it was the Panthers forcing the Badgers into three saves.
Milwaukee returns to action Sunday at Iowa State. The Panthers and Cyclones kick off at 1 p.m.