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Badgers score four goals, shut out Huskies

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Just a 1-0 game at halftime, it was the little things that ultimately left head coach Paula Wilkins pleased and the No. 15/9 Wisconsin women's soccer team victorious in a 4-0 win over Washington at Husky Soccer Stadium in Seattle, Washington, on Friday night.

Kodee Williams scored her second goal of the season within the first 10 minutes of play, then the Badgers (5-0-0) tacked on three more second-half scores to remain undefeated and earn their first road win of the year.

“One thing that I liked is that we talked at halftime about making adjustments and then the team came out and responded to those well,” Wilkins said. “They showed that they could adapt well, even on the road. For them to not only prove that they can make those changes, but then also earn a win over a team like Washington on the road, I'm excited for them.”

Some of the most noticeable adjustments came from Kinley McNicoll and Rose Lavelle, which translated into points for each in the final box score.

McNicoll not only scored the game's second goal in the 49th minute, but also had a hand in the team's third and fourth scores with assists on each to end the night with four points.

“She responded really well in the second half,” Wilkins said of McNicoll. “I challenged both her and Rose to be better on the pass and get teammates involved.”

One of the recipients was Brianna Stelzer, who scored her first goal of the season with a header on a nice cross from McNicoll that put Wisconsin up 3-0 by the 51:00 mark.

Walls wrapped up the 4-0 final with her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 76th minute, also scoring with a header on another nice cross from McNicoll.

McNicoll earned her fourth goal of the season in five matches, plus her third and fourth assists on the year. The junior from Oakville, Ontario, led the Badgers in points (25) last season and had six goals in 19 matches.

Lavelle earned her team-leading fifth assist after setting up McNicoll for the second score of the game. The sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, has recorded at least one point in four of the first five matches for UW this season.

Despite the Huskies (3-1-0) tallying eight shots on the night--six in the second half alone--the Badgers earned their fourth shutout in five games this season. Wisconsin has allowed opponents a combined one goal so far this season, while scoring 15 of its own.

Genevieve Richard (5-0-0) preserved the shutout at goalkeeper for the Badgers, making a season-high three saves.

Wisconsin remains in Seattle through the weekend and will play No. 22 Portland in a neutral-site game on Sunday as part of the Husky Nike Invitational.

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