Final: Wisconsin 3, Michigan 1
Nov. 6, 2005
Wisconsin's Amy Vermeuler scored her fifth and sixth goals of the Tournament, and Katy Lindenmuth scored what would prove to be the game-winner as the Badgers beat Michigan 3-1 in the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament Final on Sunday in Ann Arbor.
The game was action packed, as the offenses were on the attack at both ends of the field. Wisconsin's Elise Weber broke through the defense, only to have her shot saved in the 12th minute. The next great opportunity came for Wisconsin in the 21st minute when Vermeulen broke through and fired a point-blank shot, which Michigan goalkeeper Megan Tuura wrapped up.
Then it was Michigan's turn. Sophomore Melissa Dobbyn sent a cross from the touchline all the way across the goal mouth, where Judy Coffman stretched out to redirect the ball on goal, only to have Badger goalkeeper Lynn Murray make the save.
Wisconsin was the first to break through the defense. Vermeuler opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Marissa Brown fed her on a through ball. Vermeulen did the rest, and put the ball behind Tuura as she came off her line.
Michigan's Whitney Kjar evened the score with her first goal of the season at the 44th minute. Kjar headed home a free kick from Danelle Underwood to make the score 1-1 before halftime.
As the teams re-entered the field, Wisconsin wasted no time regaining the lead. Less than one minute into the second half, Vermeulen and Marisa Brown combined inside the box, and then Brown slotted the ball across the goalmouth. A diving Lindenmuth got just enough of her foot on the ball to direct it into the back of the net past Tuura.
Midway through the second half, Vermeulen received a ball from Lindenmuth about 30-yards from goal with the wind at her back. Vermeulen turned and rifled a shot that hit the back of the net just under the crossbar for the 3-1 final score.
The Badgers receive the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, after winning their first Big Ten Tournament since 1994.
With six goals in the Tournament, Vermeulen was named the Offensive MVP. Senior Badger defender, and tri-captain Jessica Ring was named Defensive MVP.