Safety issue cancels game
September 17, 2020
For the second consecutive match, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team faced a long delay before Tuesday’s scheduled matchup with Northern Iowa. However, rather than waiting out inclement weather conditions, the Badgers were delayed Tuesday due to security issues.Ultimately, Tuesday’s match was canceled as UW and Madison police continued to search for a potentially dangerous young man who was believed to be armed. “It is obviously very disappointing to not be able to play the match against Northern Iowa,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “However, safety is the most important issue here, and nobody’s life [should be risked] for a soccer game.”As a result of the cancellation, Wisconsin will not get a chance to avenge its first home loss of the season until after the team hits the road this weekend to face Purdue and Indiana.”We have been working on a bunch of things to prepare after the UW-Milwaukee game, and we thought it was going to be a great preparation leading into the Big Ten,” Wilkins said. “[We will] focus on Wednesday practice to prepare for Purdue and keep focusing on the things that we were going to address in the match against Northern Iowa.”As of Tuesday night, no plans were made for the match to be rescheduled. Friday evening Wisconsin will return to action in West Lafayette, Ind., and square off against Big Ten rival Purdue.