Panthers Fall In NCAA Tournament At No. 11 Michigan
Nov. 16, 2013
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Panthers fired off 15 shots but the Wolverine defense was up to the task as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team fell to No. 11 Michigan 4-0 in the NCAA First Round at U-M Soccer Stadium Saturday night.
Milwaukee (10-9-1) created numerous scoring chances but the Michigan (16-3-1) defense is one of the tops in the nation and proved to be too much on the night.
"We just need time to grow and mature. I think tonight was another step in that direction, just like last weekend was," Milwaukee head coach Greg Henschel said. "I think that we expected more out of ourselves the first 20 or 30 minutes, but it's been a difficult but very successful season. I think that showed up on the field a little tonight. We have to be proud of the success we put into the season and staying the course in the Horizon League. I think the search now becomes how to compete in the non-conference because that's the step our program needs to take."
The Wolverines got on the board early as one of the nation's top goal-scorers in Nkem Ezurike took a feed inside the box and calmly placed the ball far post for her 12th of the season in the third minute.
Milwaukee appeared to answer right back though. Kelsey Holbert's corner kick ended up bouncing around in the box and Alleina Szydlowski fired a shot from close range that appeared to cross the goal line but no signal was made and the Michigan defense cleared the ball away.
Meghan Toohey then made it 2-0 in the 17th minute, taking a feed from the end line and finishing far post. Ezurike later scored her 13th of the year to make it 3-0 before half.
Milwaukee did not relent in its attack despite the early deficit. Kelly Lewers' blast in the 61st minute just took a deflection before heading toward the net. Sara Stern's rip from distance in the 64th went just high of the frame. Vienna Behnke's shot from close range in the 75th again was blocked by the U-M defense.
The Wolverines also added a late goal to cap the scoring on the night.
Natalie Fettinger made her first start of the year in goal for Milwaukee and recorded five saves on 19 shots.