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Badgers' Williams delivers golden goal in overtime win

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MADISON, Wis. – Listening in on the huddle of the Wisconsin women's soccer team, one may not have realized it was a team preparing to head into overtime after surrendering an equalizing score in the 62nd minute.

A regrouped and confident squad, it took just over one minute into overtime before senior Kodee Williams stepped up and delivered the knockout punch, scoring the golden goal and lifting the Badgers (2-0-0) past Tennessee in a 2-1 overtime victory at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison on Sunday.

After Kinley McNicoll got a pass out wide left side, Williams took the ball the rest of the way before scoring right post at the 91:14 mark to earn the golden goal.

"In the offseason we talked about when challenges present themselves we need to stick together," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "I thought that the confidence we had going into this overtime was something that we didn't have last year. I think it comes from a bit of leadership. Kodee's goal was big as a senior leader.”

"Kinley got it out wide off of their goal kick and I saw their fullback pulling up," Williams said of the sequence. "Kinley hit a great ball with the outside of her foot and I decided I just had to get to the net and try to score.”

Score she did, as UW earned its first overtime win since Oct. 6 of last season. The Badgers also opened their season with back-to-back victories for a third-straight year.

Rose Lavelle gave Wisconsin an early 1-0 lead after she scored her first goal of the season unassisted in the 17th minute. The Lady Vols (1-1-0) came back and countered in the 62nd minute, however, as Amy Neal scored the equalizer on a header in the box off an assist from Cheyenne Spade.

The Badgers regrouped and were relentless down the stretch of the second half, determined to come out with a result. UW outshot UT 13-5 over the course of the match, including 7-3 in the second half alone.

Four different Badgers had two or more shots, led by McNicoll with four.

Genevieve Richard earned her second win of the season at goalkeeper, recording one save and allowing only one goal.

"Whenever you have these moments in seasons, it's beneficial because the players remember the feeling,” Wilkins said. “I think this is something for us to build on."

Wisconsin remains home next weekend and continues its four-game homestand to open the regular season, as the Badgers host South Dakota State (Aug. 29) and Northern Iowa (Aug. 31) in a pair of non-conference matches.

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