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Badgers strike early, hold on late to upend Cleveland State, 2-1

Sept. 29, 2012

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Wisconsin 2, Cleveland State 1
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd Final
2 0 2
 Cleveland State
0 1 1
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• Attendance: 545
WIS 28:30 Jerry Maddi (Blake Succa)
WIS 42:15 Drew Conner (Blake Succa, Chris Prince)
CSU 85:50 Aaron Adkins (Cameron Eisses)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (3-4-3) 90:00 1 2
CSU Stuver (4-5-1) 90:00 2 5
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 Shots 10 12
 Shots on Goal 7 3
 Saves 2 5
 Offsides 6 2
 Corner Kicks 6 3
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s soccer team used a pair of early goals to capture its first home victory of the season, beating the Cleveland State Vikings, 2-1, at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

The first home win of the season for the Badgers improves their record to 3-4-3 on the year, while the Vikings drop to 4-5-1 with the loss.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” said head coach John Trask. “I thought we showed a lot more composure today. It’s nice to be at home, the field is beautiful, the atmosphere is great; great crowd again.”

While the Badgers mustered just two shots in the first half, they made the most of them, finding the back of the net on both attempts.

After a quiet first 25 minutes of the game for both sides, the Badgers struck first in the 29th minute off the foot of Jerry Maddi. Blake Succa played an entry pass on the ground just inside the top of the box, Maddi beat the charging Cleveland State keeper, Brad Stuver, to the ball and put the Badgers on top 1-0 with a sliding finish on the ground.

The Badgers didn’t have to wait very long for their second goal, which came in the 43rd minute. Drew Conner notched the goal after a series of great passes by the Wisconsin attackers. Chris Prince advanced the ball inside the left side of the box. Prince found Succa at the top of the box and Succa quickly reversed the ball to Conner inside the right corner of the box. After Conner shook himself free, he beat a diving Stuver with a shot that found the side netting of the goal.

Wisconsin came out of halftime with a 2-0 lead, and the defense took over from there. The Badgers shut down the Viking attack for the majority of the second half, only allowing the Vikings three shots on goal for the game.

Cleveland State got on the board in the 86th minute, cutting the Badger lead in half with an Aaron Adkins goal. The Vikings played with a sense of desperation in the minutes leading up to the goal, and were rewarded when Adkins gathered in a Cameron Eissess shot that was deflected by the Badger defense. Adkins gained possession of the ricochet just yards from the Wisconsin net and had the open goal to shoot at.

They Badger defense quickly rebounded, shutting down the Vikings for the rest of the game to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Wisconsin will return to the pitch next Saturday, Oct. 6, when they take on the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana.

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