Wisconsin's Cinderella run at the Big Ten tournament ended abruptly Friday.
One day after battling through 110 minutes of play and a shootout in an upset of top-seeded Penn State, the Wisconsin women's soccer team struggled to find anything left in its tank for Friday evening's Big Ten tournament semifinal game against Michigan. The Wolverines tallied a goal late in the first half and then battled to hold off the Badgers to advance to the championship game with a 1-0 win.
The Badgers (10-9-2, 4-6-0) now must wait until the NCAA tournament field is announced at 3:30 p.m. Monday to find out if they will be playing again this season
Theresa Dwyer's first goal of the season helped Michigan, the No. 4 seed, move on to take on second-seeded Illinois for the tournament title at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Whether Dwyer was attempting a cross or a shot from the end line is unknown. All that matters for the Wolverines is that the ball lofted over the head of UW goalkeeper Stefani Szczechowski and barely went into the upper left corner of the net at the 42:24 mark for the game's only score. Therese Heaton was credited with an assist on the play.
The Wolverines (9-6-2, 4-2-4) outshot Wisconsin 11-6 and did not yield a shot on goal.
Illinois earns tournament title berth
The Illini women's soccer team claimed a 2-0 win over Purdue Friday and will play in the Big Ten Tournament title game for the first time in school story.
The 12th-ranked and second-seeded Illini would have been happy with just a 1-0 win, but with one minute to play, Tara Hurless setup a breakaway for Jessica Bayne who then beat Purdue keeper Maureen Carey at the 89:24 mark to seal the win. Bayne scored from 10 yards out and was helped by Hurless who assisted on both Illini goals on Friday.