Once again, penalties proved to be the killer for the Wisconsin mens soccer team.
A pair of penalty-kick goals helped lift Illinois-Chicago to a 3-0 win over the Badgers in a non-conference matchup Wednesday at Flames Field, as UW suffered its second-consecutive shutout loss.
The Badgers (2-4-2) have been on the wrong side of game-winning penalty kick scores three times this season, and they now have gone 33 consecutive matches without being awarded a PK attempt of their own.
The Flames (2-2-4) cracked the scoreboard in the 25th minute on the first of their two penalty kick attempts. After the Badgers were called for a foul immediately in front of their goal, UICs Matt Spiess drilled home his PK try to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
It was just nine minutes later that Ivan Stanisavljevic doubled that advantage for the Flames by sending Badgers goalkeeper Alex Horwath to the right and then blasting a ball high and left into the back of the net.
The scores were the sixth and seventh penalty-kick goals allowed by the Badgers since their last PK attempt, a stretch of 33 matches that dates back to Oct. 13, 2007. Of those tries from the penalty spot, four have been game-winners.
Spiess PK score was the latest to burn the Badgers, and the third overall this year. Earlier this season, San Diego and San Diego State scored game-winning goals on PKs in consecutive matches against the Badgers.
The Flames had a chance at their third PK less than four minutes into the second half, but Horwath came up with a diving save that kept Charlie Trouts attempt from sliding in the far corner of the goal.
Paul Kopec then rounded out the scoring for the Flames in the 69th minute, collecting a ball from Spiess at the far post and putting it into an empty net after Horwath went to the ground. Trout set up the play and picked up an assist by serving the ball in on a corner kick.
UICs scoring output matched the largest allowed by the Badgers on the year, while UW was shut out for the second-consecutive match and the fourth time this season.
It wasnt until the 52nd minute that the Badgers registered their first shot, on a blast Brandon Miller unleashed from the far side that sailed wide past the near post. UWs first shot-on-goal came in the 76th minute on an attempt by Colin Mani.
For the match, UIC owned a 9-3 edge in shots, including a 5-2 advantage in shots-on-goal.
The Badgers continue their road swing by jumping back into Big Ten Conference play Sunday in a 1 p.m. matchup with Michigan in Ann Arbor.