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Opening act: Badgers battle Virginia Tech to draw

ON WISCONSIN <b>Scott Lorenz had two of the Badgers' nine shots-on-goal Friday</b>
Scott Lorenz had two of the Badgers' nine shots-on-goal Friday

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MADISON, Wis. -- Just one game into his career at the University of Wisconsin, Todd Yeagley has already earned a spot in the record books.

The fifth head coach in program history, Yeagley became the first head man to score a tie in his UW debut, presiding over the hard-fought, scoreless draw the Badgers earned against Virginia Tech in their season-opener Friday at the McClimon Complex.

Despite the zeroes on the scoreboard, the contest featured plenty of offense from both clubs. Wisconsin launched 21 shots -- just one off their season-high from 2008 -- and attempted a McClimon Complex-record 21 corner kicks.

"I didnt know what to do," said senior midfielder Pablo Delgado, who took the majority of the Badgers attempts from the corner. "We had so many."

Virginia Tech put together several strong runs including surge late in the second overtime period but it was the Badgers that largely dominated the run of play after shaking off a slow start. Wisconsin put nine shots on goal, including two each from forward Scott Lorenz and defender Aaron Nichols.

Unfortunately for the Badgers, however, Virginia Tech keeper Brendan Dunn also finished the night with nine saves. UW keeper Alex Horwath also collected all three of the Hokies' shots on goal.

"We just need to get into position where our final touch, our final decision, our service and our finish are all there," said Yeagley. "These are things that we have addressed in training and we are working hard at.

"With that part I am pleased."

The Badgers had their chances, especially in the second half, when they out-shot the Hokies by a 10-5 margin.

"We started hesitating, but once we got the ball to the guys in the middle we dominated," Delgado said. "We had a few good chances to score so we have to keep working.

"Next game, we have to just get the ball in the goal."

The Badgers next chance comes Sunday in the finale of the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational, when they face Western Illinois in a 2 p.m. match. The Leathernecks fell to 0-2-0 on the season after dropping a 1-0 decision to UW-Milwaukee in Fridays first game.

"What I take away from it is that I am disappointed that we didn't come up with the victory, but I am proud of the way the guys played as the game went on," Yeagley said. "We'll build from this and get ready for Sunday."

Team Notes
The Badgers tie with Virginia Tech was their first positive result against an Atlantic Coast Conference team since defeating Duke, 2-0, in the NCAA championship game on Dec. 10, 1995 Wisconsin had not faced an ACC foe since Nov. 6, 1999 a 3-1 loss at Maryland the Badgers are now 2-4-1 all-time against current members of the ACC UW is now 19-11-3 all-time in season-opening matches the fifth head coach in program history, Todd Yeagley became the first to earn a tie in his Wisconsin debut Wisconsins 21 shots were the most in a game for the Badgers since tallying 22 against Michigan on Sept. 27, 2008 the Badgers 21 corner kicks shattered the previous stadium record of 15, set by UW in a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 27, 2000

Individual Notes
senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Badgers all-time shutouts list by bumping his total with the Badgers to 14 ... senior Scott Lorenz appeared in his 45th-consecutive game for the Badgers, a streak dating back to Oct. 11, 2006 ... Lorenz, who finished with four, also tallied at least one shot for the 15th-consecutive game ... junior midfielder Jon Rzepka returned the to field for the first time since 2007 after missing last season with a leg injury and logged 32 minutes off the bench ... freshman Ata Ozbay made his collegiate debut Friday, playing 25 minutes as a reserve and registering a shot on goal

Quotes UW Head Coach Todd Yeagley
On the game
"We are pleased. We have to look at performance on whether it's a win or a loss. When you create that amount of chances your team is doing something right, and we'll take away positives from that. However, we need to be sharper and put those away. But to create that many chances, players are making runs and they are making the right decisions. We are putting ball in dangerous positions that defenders are dealing with."

On the Badgers' 21 corner kicks

"We have some abilities to get behind defenders and, by doing so, we are going to get some corners out of that based on some blocks. We feel good about our service and our runs. Today I thought that we would have gotten one or two (goals), especially the way that we have been training with re-starts. Pablo's service is excellent. We have players that are willing to put their bodies on the line. Eric (Conklin) had one and Taylor (Waspi) had one. The bounce didn't go our way. A lot of times when you have re-starts, the second ball that drops is sometimes the difference."

On Alex Horwaths play in goal
"We know Al will make the save when we need it. We have so much confidence in him and the team does, too."

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