The Wisconsin mens soccer team found its way west of the Mississippi River for the first time in more than two years Friday, but the Badgers couldnt find their way past San Diego in a 3-0 loss to open the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.
A penalty-kick goal late in the first half proved to be the game-winner for the Toreros, who tacked on a pair of scores against a short-handed UW defense in the second period to remain unbeaten on the season. San Diego (3-0-0) also stifled Wisconsins attack, holding the Badgers (1-1-1) scoreless on just five shots.
I dont think we played to our potential tonight, UW head coach Todd Yeagley said. Credit San Diego, though, because they looked sharp from the start and put us under some pressure.
After a stalemate in the early going, the Toreros put one in the back of the net late in the first half, as the Badgers surrendered a penalty kick when Pablo Delgado was red-carded for a foul in the 42nd minute. Conor McFadden took the attempt for USD and made it count.
We were really playing out of it and finding our form late in the first half, and then we had the red card and the PK, Yeagley said. That was a tough one.
McFaddens tally was the first of the season against senior goalkeeper Alex Howath, who had his run of three-consecutive shutouts snapped. Horwath hadnt allowed a goal in nearly 360 minutes, dating back to last season.
On the other end, it took 29 minutes for the Badgers to tally their first shot, which Austin Spohn launched high. San Diego had tallied six shots by that point, including four that Horwath put a glove on.
Scott Lorenz finally put a shot on frame for UW five minutes later, with USD goalkeeper Kelin Briones snagging it for his first save. Lorenz followed with another shot on goal just a minute-and-a-half later, but it was the last time the Badgers would challenge Birones.
Lorenz had three of the Badgers shots, with Spohn and Bryan Gerster providing the others.
Stephen Posa tacked on the Toreros second goal in the 72nd minute, and Kyle Ochoa provided the final tally in the 83rd minute.
I thought the guys battled well in the second half down a man, and we did some nice things trying to create that equalizer, Yeagley said. We left ourselves a little vulnerable, though, and those second and third goals came from us trying to claw our way back.
The Badgers, who have been limited to a single goal in the first three matches, will look to bounce back Sunday in a 2 p.m. (CST) matchup with host San Diego State.