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Clipped and Winged: Badgers ground Eagles on the road

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Wisconsin   Wisconsin 2, Florida Gulf Coast 1 
FGCU Soccer Complex • Fort Myers, Fla. • Attendance: 346

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1st 2nd Final
2 0 2
 Florida Gulf Coast
0 1 1
WIS 12:12 Nick Janus (Drew Conner)
WIS 19:11 AJ Cochran (Drew Conner)
FGCU 87:03 Felipe DeSousa (Isaiah Madrid)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Beyers (4-0-1) 90:00 1 7
FGCU George (0-3-1) 90:00 2 5
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 Shots 11 16
 Shots on Goal 8 7
 Saves 5 7
 Offsides 1 2
 Corner Kicks 3 4
 Yellow Cards 3 3
 Red Cards 0 0
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Sept. 15, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It’s a good thing the Wisconsin men’s soccer team wasn’t in Florida on vacation this weekend. 

Despite a business trip plagued by poor weather, the Badgers grabbed their second victory over a Sunshine State opponent, defeating Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, on Saturday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex. 

“Very well played match by Florida Gulf Coast but I’m proud of our guys and the way they handled another solid opponent on the road,” UW head coach John Trask said. “The fact that we were able to fight off another weather delay and still come out aggressive and prepared is a great sign for this experienced team.”

 Fast Facts
• Badgers remain unbeaten following victory
• Cochran earns third career goal and 1st of season
• GK Beyers records career-high seven saves

Even though the Badgers (4-0-1) were delayed for nearly two hours due to lightning strikes in the area, the team had no interest in waiting to get on the board.

Nick Janus set the tone for the Badgers for the second straight game, scoring the match’s first goal in the 12th minute. The senior got UW on the board early in Thursday night’s 2-0 victory over South Florida, as well.

Drew Conner sent a quality serve from the corner into the box where Janus flicked a header passed the FGCU goalkeeper. The score marked Janus’ second goal of the season.

Less than seven minutes later it was déjà vu for Wisconsin, which netted another header.

Again Conner took the corner. AJ Cochran received the ball and finished off his head to the back post, scoring just the third goal of his career.

Cochran’s goal gave the preseason All-American the eleventh point of his career.

Wisconsin took advantage of their first half corner kicks, scoring on two of three chances.

Carrying a two-goal lead into the second half, the Eagles came on strong, recording eleven shots in the final 45 minutes of play.

Despite being outshot 16-11, Badgers’ keeper Casey Beyers played well, making seven saves on the night and surrendering a goal.

Beyers’ seven saves is a career-high for the redshirt-freshman, giving him a total of 15 on the season.

Florida Gulf Coast (0-3-1) made it interesting in the 87th minute, thanks to a header by Felipe DeSousa.

Isaiah Madrid directed a corner kick off the crossbar, which DeSousa knocked into an empty net for his fourth of the season.

The goal was too little, too late, as Wisconsin held on to remain unbeaten.

“It is very tough to control and maintain a lead and for us to be able to do that twice on the road shows we are really buying into our defensive mindset,” Trask added. “This team’s ability to be aggressive offensively and also take care of business on the defensive end of the field gives us confidence that we can compete with any team.” 

The win capped a successful road trip for UW, who gathered impressive wins over two 2012 NCAA Tournament opponents.

The Badgers head back home for a few days before travelling to Chicago to play IPFW and Gonzaga, Sept. 20 and Sept. 22, respectively, in a pair of neutral site matches.

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