Wilkins, Badgers begin the season with tie

In the season opener for the new look Badgers, Wisconsin battles to a double-overtime tie in Georgia.

ATHENS, Ga. – In its opening match of the 2007 campaign, the Wisconsin defense and keeper Jamie Klages who recorded 10 saved, earned its first shutout of the year, en route to a 0-0 double overtime tie against Vanderbilt Friday afternoon at the Georgia Nike Invitational.

"We played well and got better as the game went on against a very good SEC opponent," head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We weren't satisfied with a tie and had the chance to win it late in overtime, but are extremely proud of how our players battled and competed through regulation and overtime."

A Nebraska transfer, Klages and the UW's defensive unit were able to keep the Commodores from scoring in 110 minutes of action at the Turner Soccer Complex. Klages end the match with 10 saves, which surpassed her 2006 season-high of nine saves in a single game against Iowa State.

"Jamie and the back four did a great job of working together and being well-organized to get the shutout for us tonight," Wilkins said.

On the offensive end, six Badgers took at least one shot each, four of those landing on goal. Junior Taylor Walsh took the most shots for UW with three.

Debuting in her first game as head coach Friday, Wilkins is excited for the future of the talented UW team.

"I am excited to get my first real game in as the Wisconsin head coach," Wilkins said. "I'm looking forward to the rest of the season and to watching this team get better each week."

Wisconsin's defense held off Vanderbilt's offense, led by freshman forward Molly Kinsella (11 shots, 4 SOG) and sophomore midfielder Megan Forester (6 shots, 3 SOG). Six additional players had at least one shot-on-goal against Klages.

Vanderbilt rookie and goalkeeper Rachel Bachtel recorded her first four saves as a Commodore.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, the Badgers (0-0-1) take on host Georgia in the final match of the Georgia Nike Invitational. The game marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Georgia posted a 10-9 record in 2006, including a 7-3 mark at Turner Soccer Complex. UGA is set to play Texas Tech tonight at 7 p.m.

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