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Badgers drop Big Ten opener


Sept. 21, 2012

Penn State 1, Wisconsin 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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 Wisconsin
0 0 0
 Penn State
0 1 1
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• Attendance: 1,078
 Scoring
PSU 81:48 Kelton Cheney (Hasani Sinclair, Drew Klingenberg)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (2-2-3) 90:00 1 6
PSU Martin (5-1-0) 90:00 0 1
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 Shots 9 23
 Shots on Goal 1 7
 Saves 6 1
 Offsides 1 1
 Corner Kicks 5 8
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Nittany Lions used a late goal to spoil the Wisconsin men’s soccer team’s Big Ten Conference opener, beating the Badgers, 1-0, in front of more than 1,000 fans at the McClimon Soccer Complex Friday night.

Penn State (6-1-0; 1-0-0 B1G) came out of the gates quickly, possessing the ball for the majority of the game and firing 23 shots. But the Chase Rau and the Badgers (2-3-3; 0-1-0 B1G) were up to the challenge. Although the 23 shots given up by the Badgers was a season high, many of them were blocked by an active UW defense or spectacularly saved by Rau.

However, after knocking on the door all night, Penn State finally broke through with a goal from reserve forward Kelton Cheney in the 82nd minute. Rau’s clear attempt was intercepted deep in UW territory by Drew Klingenberg, who found Hasani Sinclair streaking down the sideline. Sinclair played a cross to Cheney, who then buried the game-winning goal at point-blank range to give the Nittany Lions the only lead they needed.

The goal was the first allowed in 304 minutes for the Badger defense, breaking a shutout streak that spanned into the Sept. 9 game against Georgetown.

“We blocked quite a few shots, so that was good in terms of our defensive stuff; but the way they got the goal came down to poor distribution,” head coach John Trask said. “We played the ball right to their team on the top of the final third of the field, and they capitalized on it – so there’s the difference in the game with eight minutes left.

We’re not the type of team that’s going to go out and score six goals in a game and give up five. I’m pretty pleased with our defense. Unfortunately it’s not a shutout, and we lose the game 1-0.”

The Badgers were unable to get on the board themselves, and endured a rough night on the offensive end, settling for nine shots with only one on goal.

Rau made a pair of great saves to keep the Nittany Lions scoreless, diving to turn away a Jacob Barron shot from inside the box midway through the first half. Rau rose to the challenge again in the second half, when he went airborne to knock away a rocket off the foot of Julian Cardona.

The Badgers also made sure Penn State did not capitalize on their eight corner kicks, turning the Nittany Lions back on each one.

The Badgers will get the rest of the weekend off before traveling to play Marquette on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

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