Wisconsin falls to Gonzaga in final match of UIC Classic


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1st 2nd Final
 Gonzaga
1 1 2
 Wisconsin
0 0 0
 Scoring
GU 20:32 Lars Ludwigs (PK)
GU 67:42 Conner Bevans
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Beyers (5-1-1) 90:00 2 4
GU Caballero (4-2-0) 90:00 0 3
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 Shots 7 9
 Shots on Goal 3 6
 Saves 4 3
 Offsides 1 2
 Corner Kicks 4 0
 Yellow Cards 1 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Sept. 22, 2013

CHICAGO -- The first day of fall brought cool weather and a tough opponent for the Wisconsin men's soccer team, who matched up against Gonzaga in its final game of the UIC Classic.

The leaves fell off the Badgers' tree Sunday, though, as the Bulldogs shut out UW, 2-0, handing the team its first loss this year.

“Gonzaga is a very disciplined, mature team,” UW head coach John Trask said. “Once they were up 1-0, they were really able to stick to their game plan. They’re a good team. I imagine they’ll be vying for their conference championship or an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.”

 Fast Facts
• Badgers suffer first loss of 2013
• UW attempted four corner kicks on the afternoon
• Wisconsin outshot, 9-7, by Gonzaga

Lars Ludwig scored his second goal of the season in the 20th minute to give the Gonzaga (4-2-0) an early lead.

One goal was all the Bulldogs needed, as the Badgers (5-1-1) were unable to get anything passed the Gonzaga goalkeeper.

UW recorded seven shots, putting just three on net while Gonzaga pressured Casey Beyers for six shots on net in the Badgers' loss.

Gonzaga added to their lead in the 67th minute when Conner Bevans dribbled around a defender and blasted a shot out of the reach of Beyers.

Wisconsin has proven that they have a lot of resiliency this year coming back after getting down a goal, but was unable to do so Sunday.

“I was pleased with how we came out in the second half,” Trask explained. “We were playing positively. We started to really dominate some territory and have some good opportunities. I felt like it was there for us to even up the score, but it wasn’t our day.”

Today's match marked just the third time all season that the Badgers have trailed at any point during a match.

Wisconsin fell behind in a 1-1 tie at UMKC and a 3-2 overtime win against DePaul.

“I told the guys after the game, ‘We’re 5-1-1, it’s an excellent start to the season, we’ve been on the road and we need to get rested up and ready for Big Ten play against Penn State next week.’”

“I thought Carl Schneider did an excellent job in his first start as a Badger,” Trask said. “There’s a lot we can learn from this game.”

The Badgers begin Big Ten action Sunday, Sept. 29 when they travel to University Park, Pa., to face off against Penn State.

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