Luck of the Draw: Badgers and Kangaroos play to 1-1 tie in opener


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Wisconsin   Wisconsin 1, UMKC 1 (2OT)
Durwood Stadium • Kansas City, Mo. • Attendance: 416

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 Wisconsin
1 0 0 0 1
 UMKC
1 0 0 0 1
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UMKC 17:03 Derek Schrick (Jeff Stevosky)
WIS 44:54 Toni Ramadani 
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WIS Beyers (0-0-1) 110:00 1 4
UMKC Korby (0-0-1) 110:00 1 2
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 Shots 15 15
 Shots on Goal 4 5
 Saves 4 2
 Offsides 2 6
 Corner Kicks 6 4
 Yellow Cards 1 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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Aug. 31, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If there was anything Wisconsin men’s soccer coach John Trask knew he would get from his guys on a game-by-game basis this season, it was that they would compete.

That’s exactly what the Badgers did Saturday night at Durwood Stadium, as UW overcame a one-goal deficit midway through the first half to record the 1-1 draw against UMKC in the teams’ 2013 regular-season opener.

With the Kangaroos leading 1-0, senior Toni Ramadani provided some life for UW just before the intermission.

After a set piece sent the ball to the right of the box in UMKC's defensive zone, the Badgers took a couple of chips at a scoring opportunity.

The ball finally deflected off of a Kangaroo defender on the far side of the box and Ramadani was there for the rebound with just seconds remaining before the halftime horn sounded.

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Neither team was able to gain any clear advantage in the second half, as the physically played match took a toll on many of the teams’ players.

“I thought we created some opportunities in the second half,” Trask said. “At the end of the day, you have to find a way to score a goal in that environment.”

Goalkeeper Casey Beyers played solid in his first start in net for the Cardinal and Whitle. The redshirt-freshman tallied four saves in 110 minutes of work between the posts.

After pushing back the kickoff time to 8 p.m. due to the extreme heat the Kansas City area was seeing this past week, players and coaches knew it would be a battle of attrition and the circumstances this game posed made those elements no easier to bear.

“Credit to the guys at UMKC for allowing the game to be played a little later than we had initially planned,” Trask added. “It was still hot and muggy but it was much better than it would’ve been had we kicked off at 7 p.m.”

The Kangaroos struck first, earning the game’s first score on a Derek Schrick goal in the 18th minute. The Badgers did not seem fazed much in the early going, connecting on a lot of passes and playing well defensively despite giving up the goal.

It was a tale of two halves as the tilted field shifted in UW’s favor in the second stanza. The Badgers looked to capitalize on a couple of opportunities to score but were unable to put it all together to secure the win.

“This is a game you just have to win, period,” Trask said. “So we just have to get back to Madison and get to work. It doesn’t get any easier for us down the road.”

Wisconsin welcomes Western Michigan to the McClimon Complex on Fri., Sept. 6, for the teams’ regular-season home opener. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CT).

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