The Wisconsin Badgers welcomed the No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex Friday night to kick off Big Ten conference play. For the Badgers, it was a chance at revenge after the Buckeyes ended their season in the Big Ten Tournament first round last season.The Badgers (3-2-4) were in prime position to pull off the victory, and headed into the 80th minute with a slim 2-1 lead. Were it not for an Ohio State 84th minute goal, however, Wisconsin would’ve walked out with a much different result than the 2-2 draw that came to be.In the first ten minutes of play, Wisconsin dominated possession. The Badgers collected four corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of play compared to Ohio State’s one, but could not take advantage.Women’s soccer: Badgers gaining momentum after consecutive shutout victoriesAfter a convincing 2-0 triumph over Loyola University Chicago Monday night, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team has won Read…Despite the Badgers controlling the ball early in the game, the Buckeyes broke the tie in the 20th minute when Lindsay Agnew snuck a shot past Badgers’ goalkeeper Caitlyn Clem for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Agnew diced through the Wisconsin defense and was able to beat Clem far post.The Buckeyes continued to press and amassed five corner kicks alongside three shots by the end of the half.Wisconsin responded shortly after halftime and regained momentum when they finally delivered an equalizer in the 49th minute courtesy of Micaela Powers. Powers sent a long, driving shot from the right sideline that confused Ohio State’s defenders and goalie, all seemed to think the ball was the other’s responsiblity. However before they could react, the score was notted up at 1-1.Two minutes later, the Badgers found themselves with the lead in minute 52 on a header from Rose Lavelle assisted by Powers. The goal was Lavelle’s first of the season.“It’s definitely a relief,” Lavelle said. “It’s kind of been a weight on my shoulders, but it’s nice to get it out of the way. Hopefully more will come in the rest of the season.”Wisconsin would have a chance to ice the game with fifteen minutes remaining when Steph Fabry launched a shot that sailed just over the crossbar. The missed opportunity would prove to be costly.The back to back goals by the Badgers in the second half gave strong momentum that almost brought them the victory. Powers said the offensive surge gave the team a new level of belief in themselves.“We had a lot of momentum,” Powers said. “We kept a belief that we could score and that we could win. Knowing that we were winning 2-1 is great for us to know that we can play with any Big Ten team.”Women’s soccer: Redemption on team’s mind after heartbreak of 2015Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 24, 2015, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team did not lose a game. After tying once Read…Possession in the second half heavily favored the Badgers until the final ten minutes. In the 83rd minute, Ohio State sent in a dangerous corner kick that ended in a shot back post which had to be denied by a diving Clem. Two minutes later though, the Buckeyes tied the game on a goal by Nikki Walts by beating Clem on the far post off a cross.By the end of regulation, Wisconsin outshot Ohio State 13-6 and bested the Buckeyes in shots on goal 5-4. Neither team could muster much of a scoring opportunity in overtime with each side only getting one shot and the Badgers getting a long shot on goal in a last second attempt and the end of the first overtime.Out of nine games this season, Wisconsin has played five overtime games, all of which have gone into double overtime. Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said that these types of games help the team in the end.“I think it makes us mentally strong,” Wilkins said. “I think we’re learning. Hopefully we don’t have to see anymore, but if we do, I think we’re pretty confident that we can pull out a result.”The tie behind them, Wisconsin will now focus on hosting Penn St. Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex.
Toornament, a company that provides a platform for creating and managing esports competitions, has added Battle Royale to its offering. Introducing a new tournament structure for Fortnite, Darwin Project, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, players will be able to compete in free-for-all matches against other budding competitors.PUBG is steadily hitting its stride in the world of esports, Fortnite just had its biggest competition yet, and H1Z1 recently launched its own Pro League, so Toornament is evidently looking to get a piece of the ever-popular Battle Royale pie.Toornament’s newly-introduced structure allows up to 4,096 participants per tournament, up to 100 competitors per match, a scoring system that calculates standings from in-game ranks and skills across several matches. This update also allows tournament organisers to set up double-elimination bracket grand finals – effectively it allows a lot of freedom for Battle Royale competitions.Michael Daudignon, Marketing Director at Toornament discussed this new feature in a statement: “The Battle Royale phenomenon has broken sales and streaming records. We now believe it can help generalize competitive gaming, and make millions of players want to participate in tournaments, as it has never been this easy to take part in a competition. And with the release of our new Free-for-All features, we want to make it just as easy for organizers.”Toornament also offers a platform for competitors in titles such as FIFA 18, Clash Royale, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and plenty of other highly-regarded esports titles.Esports Insider says: Battle Royale is obviously the biggest genre in mainstream, casual gaming, but it’s still very early in its venture in esports. Developments such as Toornament’s platform, as well as big announcement such as PUBG Corp.’s own competition, are all positive steps for the genre.