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San Diego State's late PK drops Badgers, 3-2


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The Wisconsin mens soccer team was burned by a penalty-kick goal for the second time in as many games Sunday, as the Badgers dropped their second-consecutive match in a 3-2, double-overtime loss to San Diego State.

Aztecs senior Evan Toft, who had forced overtime with an equalizer in the 73rd minute, also provided the game-winner when he made good on a penalty-kick attempt with just 31 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.

Tofts scores lifted San Diego State (1-2-1) to its first win of the season, while dropping the Badgers (1-2-1) to an 0-2 mark for the weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.

A penalty kick also sealed the Badgers fate in a 3-0 loss to San Diego on Friday.

The Badgers, who had been limited to a single goal in their first three matches, doubled their season scoring output with tallies from senior Taylor Waspi and sophomore Ross Seagram.

On the other side, however, the Badgers surrendered three goals for the second-consecutive match after opening the campaign with back-to-back shutouts.

The Badgers dug themselves an early hole by surrendering a goal to Khadim Diouf in the sixth minute on a rebound in front of the goal, but Waspi answered with the equalizer in the 24th minute. He took a feed from sophomore Austin Spohn off a set piece and punched home the score from short range for his first goal of the season.

Seagram then provided the go-ahead tally just on the other side of halftime, when he took a through ball from Spohn and hammered home a shot from 15 yards out to earn his first score as a Badger.

Spohn has assisted on each of the Badgers three goals this season.

Toft evened things up in the 73rd minute, however, as he took a cross from teammate Raymundo Reza and blasted home a shot that knotted the score at 2-2.

For the game, San Diego State owned a 21-14 advantage in shots, but both teams put a total of six attempts on goal.

Freshman Ata Ozbay had two of the Badgers better chances in regulation, including a header on a cross from Brian Bultman in the 18th minute that went just right and a shot from 15 yards out that SDSU keeper Brad Byrns made a diving save on in the 26th minute.

Senior Alex Horwath, who was lifted in the 37th minute and replaced by sophomore Jamal Habibi until midway through the second half because of an injury to a finger, allowed all three Aztec goals and finished with a pair of saves in 83 minutes of work. Habibi, making his first-ever appearance for the Badgers, also had a save.

Senior Alex Horwath, who was lifted in the 37th minute and replaced by sophomore Jamal Habibi until midway through the second half because of a finger injury, allowed all three Aztec goals and finished with a pair of saves in 83 minutes work. Habibi, making his first-ever appearance for the Badgers, also had a save.

Horwath saw his streak of 1,066 consecutive minutes in goal snapped, as he hadnt been relieved since Ryan Vint played the final 15:01 of the Badgers 4-0 win over UW-Milwaukee on Oct. 8, 2008.

The Badgers had a pair of chances to put things away in the first overtime period. First came a header by Waspi that went wide right in the 96th minute, before senior forward Scott Lorenz had another look that went wide with 34 seconds left in the extra frame.

Lorenz, along with fellow senior Eric Conklin, was named to the event's all-tournament team.

The Badgers stay on the road to wrap up the tournament portion of their schedule against a pair of difficult opponents next weekend in Milwaukee. Wisconsin will face a pair of 2008 NCAA Tournament teams in Oakland on Friday and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday in the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic.

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