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Empty Nest: Janus, Badgers blank Golden Eagles

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Marquette Wisconsin 1, Marquette 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 833

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1st 2nd Final
Marquette 0 0 0
Wisconsin 0 1 1
WIS 70:41 Nick Janus (Chris Prince)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Beyers (6-2-1) 90:00 0 3
MU Lyon (5-3-1) 90:00 1 0
Stats at a Glance MU WIS
Shots 9 9
Shots on Goal 3 1
Saves 0 3
Offsides 0 2
Corner Kicks 3 3
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 2, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Earlier this week, University of Wisconsin men's soccer head coach John Trask sang the praises of senior Nick Janus, proclaiming him as the "go-to-guy" for the Badgers.

On Wednesday, he proved his coach right, netting the game-winning score to push the Badgers past the Marquette Golden Eagles, 1-0, at the McClimon Complex.

"It's a rivalry game," Trask said. "There is a lot of emotion on the line and with the success they've had over the last couple of years, it amounts to a bigger game.

"The guys stepped up and embraced the moment against a very good, well-coached soccer team."

Fast Facts
• Janus nets game-winner in 71st minute 
• Badgers beat Marquette for first time since 2009
• Golden Eagles have not won in Madison since 1999

In a game that saw just four shots on goal, Wisconsin (6-2-1, 0-1-0) was able to capitalize on its lone opportunity.

After missing out on numerous chances to put the ball in net before the half, the Badgers broke through in the 71st minute as Chris Prince connected with Nick Janus for his team-leading fifth goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.

Prince served the ball far post from 25 yards out, as Janus beat Marquette keeper Charlie Lyon with the header to end the scoreless tie.

"I don't know if Prince could have set me up any better," Janus explained. "Princey had a heck of a night -- he played incredible.

"He and Paul Yonga controlled that right side and I'm glad I got him that assist because he worked his tail off for us tonight."

The Badgers, who had not beaten Marquette since 2009, were able to keep their defensive intensity up for the next 19 minutes, as Marquette (5-3-1, 1-0-0) struggled to record any shots on goal late in the second half.

"(At the half) we put in a few things tactically and I thought our guys executed it beautifully," Trask added. "Marquette is a very left-sided dominant team and I thought we really squelched that.

"Our right side completely dominated their left side and that's where the goal came from."

A closely-played first half saw a total of seven combined shots. Wisconsin earned a few good looks at goal, with its most promising coming just before the half as Yonga was unable to convert a one-on-one opportunity.

Freshman Skyler Felt played a ball from the top of the box to a streaking Yonga who took a point-blank shot from seven yards out from the right of goal. Yonga's shot sailed just wide of the post as the teams entered the half in a scoreless tie.

"When we get into October we are in the meat of our schedule," Janus said. "Marquette is an in-state rival and it felt good to finally beat them.

"This was a full 90-minute performance. I give all the credit to our defense and midfield. They played amazing."

The Badgers return home on Oct. 8 to take on Drake. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT. 

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