Final: Wisconsin 2, Michigan State 1

Elise Weber and the Badgers look toward Sunday's final and an automatic bid.

Elise Weber and the Badgers look toward Sunday's final and an automatic bid.

Amy Vermeulen was the hero again tonight at the Big Ten Women's Soccer tournament, scoring the game winning goal with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Badgers over Michigan State 2-1.  With the win, Wisconsin advances to Sunday's final to face Michigan in Sunday's final.

Michigan State started with most of the control of the ball in the early minutes, but Wisconsin was able to string together some passes through the midfield and create attacks. They earned a corner kick six minutes in, and were unable to convert, but from there were able to keep the pressure on over the next few minutes.

From there, the teams battled back and forth for a majority of the first half.

Michigan State was able to gather the ball in the midfield in the 22nd minute and play the ball into the box. Wisconsin goalkeeper Lynn Murray came off her line to make the initial save through traffic, but could not secure the ball in her hands. Spartan forward Emma Harris pounced on the ball and touched around Murray and slotted it into the empty net from about 15 yards out.

The came continued to stay even, and in the 30th minute, Wisconsin evened the score. A corner kick taken by Katy Lindenmuth was cleared, but played back into the Michigan State box. Wisconsin's Marisa Brown gathered the ball and played it wide to senior Jessica Ring, who fired it to the far-side netting for the score. The goal was Ring's first goal of the year.

The second half continued in similar fashion.  Both teams were able to possess the ball at times, with Wisconsin playing a little more directly.  Each team earned free kicks in their offensive third, but goalkeepers Murray and Nicole Galas were able to corral any potential chances. 

Neither offense was able to get any dangerous opportunities until the 75th  minute.  Wisconsin played a dangerous through ball, that forced Galas off her line to the top of the box.  She came out sliding and was able to pull the ball off the foot of the Wisconsin attacker.

The ball stayed mostly in the Badgers' offensive half, as Wisconsin's back line was able to clear almost every opportunity to their forwards and out of danger. 

The Badger goal began with a  play through Brown in the midfield.  She collected the ball and sent it through to Vermeulen on the left side of the box.  Vermeulen slotted the ball to the far-side netting past Galas.

Of the win, and on the opportunity to play for an automatic bid, Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said, "

Amy Vermeulen was the hero again tonight at the Big Ten Women's Soccer tournament, scoring the game winning goal with just 17 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Badgers over Michigan State 2-1.  With the win, Wisconsin advances to Sunday's final to face Michigan in Sunday's final.

Michigan State started with most of the control of the ball in the early minutes, but Wisconsin was able to string together some passes through the midfield and create attacks. They earned a corner kick six minutes in, and were unable to convert, but from there were able to keep the pressure on over the next few minutes.

From there, the teams battled back and forth for a majority of the first half.

Michigan State was able to gather the ball in the midfield in the 22nd minute and play the ball into the box. Wisconsin goalkeeper Lynn Murray came off her line to make the initial save through traffic, but could not secure the ball in her hands. Spartan forward Emma Harris pounced on the ball and touched around Murray and slotted it into the empty net from about 15 yards out.

The came continued to stay even, and in the 30th minute, Wisconsin evened the score. A corner kick taken by Katy Lindenmuth was cleared, but played back into the Michigan State box. Wisconsin's Marisa Brown gathered the ball and played it wide to senior Jessica Ring, who fired it to the far-side netting for the score. The goal was Ring's first goal of the year.

The second half continued in similar fashion.  Both teams were able to possess the ball at times, with Wisconsin playing a little more directly.  Each team earned free kicks in their offensive third, but goalkeepers Murray and Nicole Galas were able to corral any potential chances. 

Neither offense was able to get any dangerous opportunities until the 75th  minute.  Wisconsin played a dangerous through ball, that forced Galas off her line to the top of the box.  She came out sliding and was able to pull the ball off the foot of the Wisconsin attacker.

The ball stayed mostly in the Badgers' offensive half, as Wisconsin's back line was able to clear almost every opportunity to their forwards and out of danger. 

The Badger goal began with a  play through Brown in the midfield.  She collected the ball and sent it through to Vermeulen on the left side of the box.  Vermeulen slotted 'the ball to the far-side netting past Galas.

Of the win, and the chance to play for the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said, "this is our opportunity.  We are here to win and ensure an NCAA tournament bid."

We had a really difficult stretch to our season where we lost four overtime games," he continued, "and this is our chance to just redeem ourselves. We are playing our very best soccer."

The Badgers will face eighth-seeded Michigan in Sunday's Tournament Championship at noon EST.


 

 

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