MADISON, Wis. – It took an extra 13 minutes for the No. 22 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7-1-1) to close out Sunday’s afternoon contest against the University of Illinois (6-4-0), thanks to junior Dani Rhodes, as the Badgers defeated the Fighting Illini, 1-0, in double overtime at the McClimon Complex.
A scoreless game after regulation and the first overtime, Rhodes closed the game out, rocketing a shot past the Illini keeper in the 103rd minute. The goal came off of an assist from Jordan McNeese.
The goal was Rhodes’ second of the season and second of the weekend as she scored UW’s lone goal in its 1-1 tie against No. 12 Northwestern on Friday. McNeese logged her first assist of the season in Sunday’s contest.
Wisconsin dominated Illinois throughout the game, outshooting Illinois 14-4 and holding a 6-3 corner advantage.
Nine different Badgers logged shots against Illinois, Rhodes and sophomore Cameron Murtha led the team with three each.
Straight from the pitch:
Head coach Paula Wilkins
On getting a victory against Illinois:
“Anytime you get a result at home, or in the Big Ten for that matter, it’s a good thing. I’m happy in the last two games with how we’ve played better and today getting the result feels nice. I thought Illinois posed some different problems and I’m glad we were able to deal with it as a team.”
On the feeling from Pac the Mac:
“The energy alone, for Pac the Mac, at the end carries our team. I don’t know how many people in the community know how important it is every game to have that atmosphere. At the end of the game it really energizes the players.”
Up next: Wisconsin will head east to take on Michigan on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. CT.