Badgers beat DePaul, snowy conditions to move on to second round

first_imgPlaying in what turned out to be a wintery vortex at the McClimon Soccer Complex Saturday night, fourth-seeded Wisconsin women’s soccer topped the previously undefeated DePaul Blue Demons in a memorable 2-0 match to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.With players on both sides slipping left and right, forwards found open space more often than usual, leading to a combined 14 shots in the first half. Leading the charge early for DePaul in the first half was sophomore forward Abby Reed, who had three breakaway shots on-target in the first 45 minutes.Despite Reed beating the Badgers (19-2-2) back line and earning one-on-one opportunities on those occasions, Wisconsin’s senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard recorded a series of miraculous saves to keep the Badgers in it.Richard noted the importance of making a statement with an early lead, and a big part of that is keeping the shutout intact to support the offense.“I think it helps the team a lot to keep a clean sheet, and it gives us the opportunity to score first and that’s always good,” Richard said. “It just leads to a good momentum, so I’m just glad I did my job.”While DePaul (16-1-4) had trouble finishing their chances in the opening minutes, the Badgers certainly did not. Just 12 minutes into the game, junior midfielder Kinley McNicoll found an open lane into the box, crossing it through the defense to senior forward Cara Walls. Walls then promptly redirected the pass with a header that bounced into the left corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.The assist was the team-leading 27th point scored by McNicoll, while the goal was number 12 for Walls, also tops on the Badgers.A little while later in the 20th minute, the Badgers got some insurance, upping their lead to 2-0 after redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams found Walls over the middle for a sliding goal through the increasingly snowy field.Looking back at her early goals and the conditions on the field, Walls said the snow really only hindered her ability to fire shots.“I honestly thought the conditions weren’t as bad,” Walls said. “I felt that I was able to pass the ball fine and I don’t think the conditions played as big of a role in the chances of opportunities we created.”For a team that averaged less than one goal allowed per game all season, the Blue Demons found themselves in an early hole, but with plenty of time left to respond. Perhaps due to the snowy field, the Badgers defense appeared more vulnerable than usual, giving up a few costly turnovers in the first half. On one occasion in the closing minutes of the first half, an errant pass back over the middle intended for Richard was intercepted by Reed, who had an open look but barely missed the net wide right.The near miss for Reed epitomized the frustrating night for DePaul’s offense, which finished the night with five shots on-target compared to the Wisconsin’s seven.After a fast-paced first half, the second half showcased far fewer scoring opportunities as the field got increasingly slick and players lost their footing. While the refs appeared to be relatively lenient with calling fouls, there were still plenty to go around, with Wisconsin committing 14 of the 20 total.The big difference maker was Wisconsin’s back line finding some rhythm after a spotty first half. After giving the defense fits in the opening segment, Reed had no on target attempts in the final 45 minutes and was essentially taken out of the game by the Badgers defense, led by senior Alexandra Heller and junior Brianna Stelzer.The Badgers offense successfully maintained control of the ball in the attacking third for the majority of the second half, but couldn’t capitalize. Looking for a dagger in the 84th minute, a sneaky pass to McNicoll in the box looked promising, but DePaul junior goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez stole the ball away before a finishing touch could be made.Sensing the fate of their season in the balance, DePaul began to play desperately in the closing moments. The Blue Demon offense tried several shots from long range, likely hoping for Richard to succumb to the slick field and miss a save. The efforts, however, were too little too late, as the final 2-0 score line punched the Badgers’ ticket to Tallahassee for the second round.After spending two hours in ice and snow, head coach Paula Wilkins said the idea of heading down south for the second round was more than welcoming for her team. That being said, Wilkins emphasized the trip will be business as usual.“I think the players are excited to be in a little bit warmer climate,” Wilkins said. “But, it’s definitely not going to be a vacation for us. They are going to be focused and they have some goals in mind. It will be very exciting.”The Badgers will be on the pitch next against UCF Nov. 21 at the Florida State campus, starting at 3:30 p.m. CT.last_img read more


Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6: Malignaggi vs. Lobov fight date, time, PPV price, live stream, full card

first_imgBKFC 6 betting oddsAccording to sportsbookreview.com (as of June 19), Paulie Malignaggi is a -260 favorite, which means you’d need to bet $260 to win $100. Artem Lobov is a +197 underdog, meaning if you were to bet $100, you would net $197.Paulie Malignaggi record, bioName: Paulie MalignaggiNationality: AmericanBorn: Nov. 23, 1980Height: 5-8Reach: 70″Total fights: 44Record: 36-8Artem Lobov record, bioName: Artem LobovNationality: RussianBorn: Aug. 11, 1986Height: 5-9Reach: 65″Total fights: 31Record: 13-15-1, one no-contest in MMA, 1-0 in BKFCBKFC 6 fight cardPaulie Malignaggi vs. Artem LobovChris Leben vs. Dakota CochraneReginald Barnett Jr vs. Johnny BedfordJoe Riggs vs. Walber BarrosJoey Beltran vs. Jamie CampbellTom Shoaff vs. Julian LaneAbdiel Velazquez vs. Travis ThompsonElvin Leon Brito vs. Jim Alers McGregor brought in Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) to be one of his sparring partners to help him prepare for his first boxing match. Things appeared to be OK with the two until the former UFC two-division champion tweeted a photo of Malignaggi on the mat, trying to indicate he knocked down the current analyst for Showtime Boxing. Malignaggi called it a push and wanted the video released, but it never occurred.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearLobov entered Malignaggi’s mind after the latter left McGregor’s camp when the former did interviews stating McGregor got the better of the training sessions. The comments infuriated Malignaggi, and it came to a head in April during a media session in New York for Lobov’s BKFC debut against Jason Knight. Malignaggi and Lobov were doing a staredown when trash talk ensued, leading to the former pugilist slapping Lobov and the two having to be pulled apart.Five days after the incident, Lobov (13-15-1, one no-contest MMA, 1-0 BKFC) dominated Knight to win by unanimous decision in the main event of BKFC 5 to make the Malignaggi clash one step closer to reality.But Malignaggi and Lobov weren’t done. When they attended a press event in New York in May to formally introduce the fight, Malignaggi hit Lobov with a microphone and spit on him.”I’ve always been known as one of the toughest guys in boxing,” Malignaggi said in a press release. “Lobov is known as a punching bag with a loud mouth. If I had it my way, I’d knock him out in the last round. I want to pummel him from start to finish.”You have the recipe for either a back-and-forth battle or both guys being hesitant to do anything.MORE: The timeline of events that made Malignaggi vs. Lobov so toxic”I feel I have the upper hand in this fight,” Malignaggi said. “With age, it’s easier to get knocked out. He’s never hurt anybody in the ring, so it’s going to be a bad matchup for him. I see me stopping him. He doesn’t want it anymore. In order to be a fighter and really compete, you have to have the fire. His fire is long gone. My strategy is to come in there and shove my fist down his throat. It’s personal now with the way he’s been talking and acting. I’m going to put him away.”Who is going to be the one to back up his actions?Here is everything you need to know about Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6.When is Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6?Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 will take place Saturday, June 22. Pay-per-view coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET.Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov should enter the ring around 11:15 p.m. ET.How do I watch BKFC 6?The main card on pay-per-view can be purchased for $39.99. It can be seen on traditional pay-per-view or streamed through FITE TV or bareknuckle.tv.Where is BKFC 6?BKFC 6 will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship returns Saturday with its most significant event to date, as former two-division boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi makes his bare-knuckle debut when he takes on UFC veteran Artem Lobov at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla.The animosity between Malignaggi and Lobov runs deep. Everything started in the summer of 2017 during the lead-up to the boxing match with Lobov’s training partner and close friend, Conor McGregor, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.last_img read more