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Wisconsin tops Santa Clara, 2-1



Sept. 4, 2010

Wisconsin 2, Santa Clara 1
UC Irvine College Classic
Anteater Stadium • Irvine, Calif.
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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin (1-0-0)
1 2
 Santa Clara (0-1-1)
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26' Aaron Nichols (Trevor Wheeler)
SCU 82' Alex Fitschen (Murphy Campbell)
WIS 83' Own Goal
Min GA
Ryan Vint (W, 1-0)
90:00 1 4
SCU Kevin Klasila (L, 0-1) 90:00 2 1
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3 10
 Shots on Goal
3 5
 Corner Kicks
2 6
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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over Santa Clara in the opening game of the UC Irvine College Classic on Saturday night, led by senior Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.), who scored the Badgers’ first goal of the season.

“Tonight was a good performance by the guys,” head coach John Trask said. “Obviously one game doesn’t make a season, but I’m very proud. It was great to see the way the team responded when Santa Clara tied it up.”

 Fast Facts
John Trask a winner in debut as Badgers' head coach
• UW runs unbeaten streak in season-openers to four
• Six Badgers play in first collegiate match

The Badgers maintained a 1-0 lead throughout most of the game after Nichols put UW on the board with a header goal in the box off a cross from freshman Trevor Wheeler (Arlington Heights, Ill.) in the 26th minute.

Late in the game, SCU’s Alex Fitschen tied the score at 1-1 with his first goal of the season. Murphy Campbell assisted on the goal, sending a cross to Fitschen on the endline in the 82nd minute.

Wisconsin quickly regained the lead when the Broncos scored an own goal less than one minute later. A ball played by freshman Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.) deflected off Santa Clara’s Mykell Bates into the goal.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.) and the Badgers held on for the victory despite last minute scoring efforts by Santa Clara. The Broncos had a last-chance corner kick in the 89th minute, but UW prevented the shot.

“The older guys and the younger guys really came together tonight, and we had a nice performance from Ryan Vint in goal,” Trask said. “It was a good night for Wisconsin soccer.”

The Broncos outshot the Badgers 10-3 in the game, including a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. Vint finished with four saves for Wisconsin, while Kevin Klasila made one for Santa Clara.

With the win, the Badgers improve to 2-0 all-time against Santa Clara. UW won the first meeting between the two teams, 1-0, in overtime in 2008.

The Badgers continue action in the UC Irvine College Classic, taking on the host Anteaters on Monday. The game marks UW’s first meeting with UC Irvine. The teams kick off at 6:30 p.m. to conclude the tournament.

Wisconsin Notes

  • Wisconsin improves to 20-11-3 in season opening matches, and the Badgers are now unbeaten in season-openers since 2007.
  • With the win, Trask, the sixth head coach in Wisconsin men’s soccer history, becomes the fourth UW head coach to start his career with a victory.
  • Six Badgers played in their first collegiate match tonight as freshmen Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Trevor Wheeler (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Blake Succa (Lewisberry, Pa.), Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.), Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) and redshirt freshman Derek Pitts (Middleton, Wis.) all saw their first game-action against the Broncos.
  • Eight Badgers played all 90 minutes as Vint, Yonga, Succa and Nichols joined sophomore
    Kyle McCrudden (Wilmette, Ill.), senior Jon Rzepka (Kentwood, Mich.), junior Arnel Zahirovic (Melbourne, Australia) and redshirt sophomore Danny Ahlering (Northbrook, Ill. ) in playing the entire game.

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