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Hot Tomo-le: Zadro, Badgers upend DePaul in OT

Western Michigan   Wisconsin 3, DePaul 2 (OT)
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 540

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1st 2nd OT Final
2 0 0 2
1 1 1 3
WIS 15:27 Anders Kristensen (Drew Conner, Toni Ramadani)
DEP 18:27 Anthony Hunter (Koray Yesilli)
DEP 38:00 Joe Brinckwirth 
WIS 89:59 Tomislav Zadro (Anders Kristensen, Nick Jones)
WIS 92:18 Jacob Brindle (Tomislav Zadro)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
DEP Sorby (1-3-0) 92:18 3 4
WIS Beyers (2-0-1) 92:18 2 1
 Stats at a Glance DEP WIS
 Shots 5 19
 Shots on Goal 3 7
 Saves 4 1
 Offsides 1 5
 Corner Kicks 1 8
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 1 0
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Sept. 8, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- There’s nothing more exciting than a buzzer beater. 

Whether it’s a half court heave or Hail Mary pass, a last-second score is electrifying on many different levels.

The Wisconsin men’s soccer team thought they’d put their own spin on the feat Sunday afternoon as they defeated DePaul, 3-2, in overtime at the McClimon Soccer Complex. 

With time winding down and the Badgers down a goal, UW goalkeeper Casey Beyers sent the ball down field for a final opportunity at tying the score.

 Fast Facts
• Zadro tallied equalizer in final seconds of regulation
• Brindle earned GW goal in 92nd minute
• Badgers outshot Blue Demons, 19-5

Anders Kristensen played the ball forward to Nick Jones who was streaking down the left side of the field. Jones chipped a pass to Tomislav Zadro all alone in the box.

And Zadro made the most of the chance.

The senior buried the ball passed DePaul goalkeeper, Eric Sorby, sending the Badgers’ faithful and the UW bench into a frenzy.

The score also sent the match into overtime where the Badgers would take little time finishing the job.

Jacob Brindle notched the game-winner just two minutes and eighteen seconds into the overtime period, securing the win for Wisconsin (2-0-1).

Brindle headed the ball at the back post into the net off an endline serve from Zadro.

“That was a fantastic play by Tomislav on the goal by Brindle,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said. “It was just a wonderful, clever ball, especially when he’s that tired.”

The UW defense was pressed early on by a DePaul front line that forced Badgers’ defenders to be crisp on every touch. The Blue Demons strained Wisconsin’s defense for multiple turnovers, pressing them to utilize Beyers as an outlet on numerous occasions.

The Badgers struck first, though, in the 15th minute thanks to good ball movement by the front six and a little bit of help from the opponent’s left post.

Drew Conner moved right along the top of the box, feeding Anders Kristensen with a pass. Kristensen planted and fired from 18 yards out, beating Sorby off the far post.

DePaul responded quickly netting the equalizer exactly three minutes after Wisconsin’s goal.

The Badgers continued to try to find their forwards, but to no avail.

The Blue Demons grabbed the lead at the 38-minute mark on an own goal by the Badgers. Defenseman David Caban jolted after a rolling ball in the box, attempting to play ball out of bounds, but misdirected it into the net—an unfortunate mistake that haunted Wisconsin until the very last second. 

“I thought going into halftime, even being down 2-1, that if the guys would just get out there and continue to play their soccer we would eventually start to wear on them,” Trask explained. “And that’s what happened.”

A red card on DePaul forward Koray Yesilli in the 60th minute gave the Badgers a one-man advantage for the remainder of the match. 

Wisconsin controlled the ball, pinning the Blue Demons on their half of the field for the final 30 minutes.

DePaul had no choice but to lock down on defense.

UW had its best opportunity to tie the game in the 73rd minute when Zadro had a point-blank shot inside the box. Sorby held his own, stoning the forward and keeping the Blue Demons on top.

John Trask was quick to credit DePaul’s approach on the field.

“Compliments to DePaul’s coaching staff, they did a great job,” Trask said. “They made it very, very difficult for us.”

“It was really a team win. It was great for the guys.”

After an impressive 2-0-0 weekend at home, the Badgers head south to take on South Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

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