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UW women's soccer improves to 4-0, matches best start since 2004

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MADISON, Wis. -- Before the season, Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins made it known to senior Cara Walls that she'd be called on to do some different things offensively. Whatever

she's been doing thus far, it's working.

Behind a pair of goals from Walls, the No. 19 Wisconsin women's soccer team defeated Northern Iowa, 3-0, at the McClimon Complex in Madison on Sunday.

It marked the second straight game in which Walls has scored two goals, after she also netted a pair of scores in the team's win over South Dakota State earlier in the weekend. Through four games this season, Walls leads all Badgers with five goals.

With the victory, Wisconsin improved to 4-0 to begin its season and matched its best start since 2004. It's just the fifth time in program history the Badgers have begun a campaign with four straight wins and the first occurrence under Coach Wilkins.

"It's a good start, but we're ready for more," Walls said. "We have really hard games coming up this next weekend and then we have the Big Ten schedule. We all have each other's backs and we're all really motivated. I think it will be a lot of work, but we're up for the challenge."

It was Walls who provided another early strike for the Badgers yet again on Sunday, this time in the eighth minute, beating UNI goalkeeper Whitney Blunt high off the crossbar from 10 yards out. Walls has scored three game-winning goals this season, including a pair within the first eight minutes. Fellow senior Kodee Williams earned the assist.

The Wauwatosa native scored her second goal of the match in the 53rd minute, as Walls beat Blunt high near side off a nice entry ball from Kinley McNicoll on the assist.

McNicoll would record her own score of the game in the 67th minute, converting on a penalty kick to give Wisconsin a commanding 3-0 lead in the second half. Her third goal in four games, McNicoll had six scores in 19 matches last season.

Blanking the Panthers, UW earned its second consecutive shutout and third in four matches this season. The Badgers have allowed their opposition just one goal while scoring 11 of their own.

Genevieve Richard played just over 54 minutes and earned her fourth win at goalkeeper this season.

Wisconsin will put its undefeated start on the line next weekend in its first road trip of the season, as the Badgers travel to Seattle and face Washington on Sept. 5.

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