Quick Goal Sinks Panthers In NCAA Tournament First Round
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 12, 2010) - Wisconsin scored the game-winning goal just 29 seconds after Sarah Hagen tied the score at 1-1 as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team fell to the Badgers, 2-1, Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Valley Fields.
The 2010 season came to an end for the Panthers (12-7-2), while Wisconsin (11-4-4) advances to the second round Sunday against the winner of Marquette/Central Michigan.
"It's frustrating," UWM head coach Michael Moynihan said. "We've been in the NCAA Tournament so many times and we want to go places once we get here. We felt it was a good match-up for us. The first time we played them I thought we had the better of the game and we were on the wrong end of a 1-nil score. Today, I thought we had the better of the game and we were on the wrong end of a 2-1 score."
Milwaukee had a number of dangerous scoring chances on the night, but was only able to put one goal in the back of the net. Trailing 1-0, Sara Stern played a ball into the penalty area that Hagen got to and punched into the goal far post.
With the goal, Hagen broke the Horizon League record for career points with 151, while also extending her school and league record for career goals to 67.
Her goal came at 67:13 and was almost immediately followed by the game-winner. Wisconsin worked the ball down the field after the kick-off and Kodee Williams finished into the back of the net at 67:42.
The goal was disheartening for the Panthers, but they did not relent in pushing for another equalizer. Nicole Sperl nearly tied the game in the waning minutes. She sent a chip on goal that UW keeper Michele Dalton was able to narrowly tip over the goal. UWM then worked the ball to the top of the penalty area with 10 seconds to play, but the Badgers managed to clear the ball away just before the final horn.
Milwaukee outshot Wisconsin, 9-8, forcing Dalton into four saves. Leslie Deebach got the start in goal for UWM and made one save. The Panthers also held a 4-3 corner kick advantage and committed just two fouls in the game, compared to the Badgers' six.
Wisconsin got the game's scoring started on one of its few dangerous chances in the opening half. The play started on a throw-in from the near side. After a cross to the far post, Laurie Nosbusch headed the ball into the goal to make it 1-0 game.