Shootout sends Wisconsin to semis

The Badger women's soccer team topped the No. 6 team in the country in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, held at Madison's McClimon Complex

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Badgers get past Penn State in shootout

It took two overtimes and a shootout for the Badgers to break a scoreless tie get past Penn State in the Big Ten women's soccer tournament but Wisconsin defeated the No. 1 seed Nittany Lions in a 4-3 shootout Thursday night

Friday, the No. 8 seed Badgers will face No. 4 Michigan, who defeated No. 5 Ohio State 2-1 in two overtimes.

The Badgers take the home win after losing to Penn State 5-0 on the road, in the team's worst loss in five seasons.

The first 110 minutes of the game remained scoreless, forcing the teams to take penalty kicks to decide the winner. After both teams made the first three penalty kicks, UW freshman goaltender Stefani Szczechowski saved a shot made by senior forward Stephanie Smith. Sophomore forward Jessica Ring made the game-winning shot, getting the ball past sophomore goalie Amanda Brown. Szczechowski made a final save and the Badgers rushed the field and sent Penn State home for its second consecutive first-round tournament exit.

Szczechowski had nine saves and the team made an additional one while Brown had six. Penn State dominated elsewhere, outshooting Wisconsin 27-10 in regulation and the overtimes. The Nittany Lions, the sixth-ranked team in the country, also held a 12-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Elsewhere in Big Ten Tournament action….

Michigan 2, Ohio State 1

Michigan freshman forward Katie Kramer led off the scoring at 8:40. Ohio State responded at 66:21 with a score from sophomore midfielder Colleen Hoban. In the second overtime, Michigan notched the win with Kramer's second goal of the night, at 105:08.

Purdue 1, Indiana 0

Senior forward Courtney Coppedge scored the lone goal at 37:10 in the first period for the No. 3 Boilermakers, knocking of No. 6 Indiana. Purdue next faces No. 2 seed Illinois Friday night.

Illinois 2, Michigan State 0

Junior forward Andrea Ridgeway and sophomore midfielder Paula Faherty scored goals for the No. 2 Illini, advancing them past No. 7 Michigan State to face Purdue.

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