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Masto-rful effort: Badgers dominate Mastodons at UIC Classic


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1st 2nd Final
Wisconsin
2 3 5
IPFW
0 1 1
Scoring
WIS 32:10 Chris Prince (Joey Tennyson)
WIS 34:49 Jacob Brindle (Carl Schneider)
WIS 62:38 Nick Janus (Drew Conner)
WIS 65:10 Skyler Felt
WIS 72:59 Derek Pitts (Anders Kristensen)
IPFW 82:14 Drake Bowers
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Beyers (5-0-1) 72:00 0 2
WIS Jentsch (0-0-0) 18:00 1 0
IPFW Kotzock (0-5-1) 81:00 5 3
IPFW Brown (0-0-0) 9:00 0 0
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Shots 12 2
Shots on Goal 7 1
Saves 0 2
Offsides 1 1
Corner Kicks 4 1
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Sept. 20, 2013

CHICAGO -- It was a homecoming of sorts for Wisconsin men's soccer head coach John Trask and select members of his coaching staff, as they returned to the University of Illinois-Chicago, for the UIC Classic on Friday.

It took nearly a half before Trask and the Badgers made themselves right at home, proving too much for IPFW in a 5-1 win at Flames Field.

Trask, who spent five seasons as the head men's soccer coach at UIC before coming to Wisconsin, was pleased with his team's performance in its third-consecutive outing away from home.

"Hats off to Mike Harper and IPFW," Trask said. "They played very well and caused us some problems in the first five minutes but I thought we settled in nicely after that.

"We are a Big Ten team and by the end of the game I thought it looked like it."

Fast Facts
• Five Badgers score as UW remains undefeated
• Beyers allows no goals in 72 minutes of action
• UW dominated in shots, 17-4

It took some time before the Badgers (5-0-1) could find their footing, but once they did they never looked back. Senior Chris Prince opened the scoring for UW in the 32nd minute, as he was fed the ball over the top from fellow senior Joey Tennyson and finished low from inside the box.

Two minutes later, redshirt-sophomore Carl Schneider found junior Jacob Brindle who sent in a sniper from the top of the box to extend the Badgers' lead to 2-0, a lead they would carry into the intermission.

UW, who dominated shots 17-4, picked up the pace in the second stanza, attempting 12 of those shots, including six shots on goal. The high octane offense led to three more score in a span of 10 minutes for the Badgers, putting away IPFW (0-6-1) for good.

In the 62nd minute, senior Nick Janus pushed his consecutive goals streak to three-straight games as he netted a shot on an assist from sophomore Drew Conner. Less than three minutes later, UW extended its lead to 4-0 on an unassisted score from freshman Skyler Felt, his first career goal as a member of the Badgers.

"Many of the reserves did well," Trask said. "I was glad to see Chris Prince get the first goal of the evening, another goal from Brindle and a fantastic goal from Derek Pitts, our one fifth-year senior.

"IPFW played a great game but I just think some of our overall quality played out."

Trask continued to give his starters a breather, opening up the field for many of the reserves to make the most of the opportunity. Senior Derek Pitts did just that as the Middleton, Wis., native netted his second career goal in the 72nd minute to put the cap on an impressive win for Wisconsin.

After holding them scoreless for 72 minutes, redshirt-freshman Casey Beyers was relieved of his duties in net, replaced by Max Jentsch.

Jentsch, who played 18 minutes between the posts, was unable to keep the Mastodons off the board, giving up a late goal to Drake Bowers in the 81st minute.

"It would have been nice to get the shutout for Max but at that point we moved a lot of players into new positions so it was an awkward situation at the end of the game," Trask added. "Having said that, fair dues to IPFW for finding a way to get a goal for themselves down 5-0."

In all, 21 Badgers saw action in one of the team's most complete victories of the season.

UW returns to Flames Field on Sunday, Sept. 22, where it will take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. CT.

"We're looking forward to a great test against a very, very experienced Gonzaga team," Trask said. "They may be one of the only teams in the country that are as old as we are so we're expecting a very physical, hard fought match." 

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