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UW falls to Northern Illinois, 2-1 in overtime



Oct. 6, 2010

Northern Illinois 2, Wisconsin 1 (OT)
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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 Northern Illinois (5-3-2)
 Wisconsin (1-7-2)
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NIU 20' Juan Hoyos (Brad Horton, (Johnny Tyma)
80' Danny Ahlering (Nick Janus)
NIU 95' Tim King (Sean Totsch)
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MADISON, Wis. - Redshirt sophomore Danny Ahlering (Northbrook, Ill.) scored the Badgers lone goal as the University of Wisconsin men's soccer team fell to Northern Illinois, 2-1 in overtime, at the McClimon Complex on Wednesday night.

Northern Illinois (5-3-2, 0-1-0 Mid-American Conference) scored the game-winner in the 95th minute. Sean Totsch served a free kick into the six-yard box from 45 yards out, and Tim King connected on a header to give the visiting Huskies the win.

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Danny Ahlering nets first goal of the season
Max Jentsch makes four saves in goal for UW
• Badgers host Michigan on Sunday for PAC the MAC

"I felt like our urgency wasn't there once they scored their first goal," head coach John Trask said. "There were long periods in the game when play was dull. Tonight was a character game, and we need to bounce back. I don't think we were bad tonight, but we weren't good enough to win."

Wisconsin (1-7-2, 0-0-1 Big Ten) received four saves from freshman Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.) who made his second career start in net for the Badgers. NIU outshot UW 12-10, including a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Jordan Godsey made three saves for the Huskies.

"Max's two performances have been pretty good," Trask said. "We needed to get him some games, and he has been a bright spot for us. We'll continue to split time between him and Ryan in goal. It's just a pure rotation right now."

After a scoreless first half, Northern Illinois took the 1-0 lead in the 48th minute. Johnny Tyma set up the play when he found Brad Horton with a through ball. Horton then drew Jentsch to the right side of the goal before weaving a pass to an open Juan Hoyos on the left side. Hoyos one-timed the shot to the back post to give NIU the 1-0 advantage.

Ahlering tied the game for the Badgers in the 80th minute. The play began when NIU blocked a shot by senior Jon Rzepka (Kentwood, Mich.). Freshman Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) then rifled a shot off the post, and Ahlering one-timed the rebound to tie the score 1-1.

The teams fought to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, and NIU capitalized early to take home the win. The game marked the fifth overtime game for Wisconsin this season as the Badgers are now 0-3-2 in overtime games.

UW narrowly missed taking an early lead when freshman Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.) sent a shot just to the left of an open goal in the ninth minute. Godsey came out to play a ball, but the Badgers regained possession and found Prince for a quick shot.

Freshman Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) ripped a shot from 25 yards out at the 14:25 mark of the first half, but Godsey came up with a diving save to keep the game scoreless.

The best scoring opportunities for both teams came off set pieces. With 16:30 to play in the first half, Yonga sent in a free kick that was headed away by NIU but Colin Mani (Madison, Wis.) found the second ball and sent a shot on goal. Godsey again made the save.

Northern Illinois had at opportunity to take the lead in the final seconds of the first half. Horton fired a shot from the top left corner of the 18-yard box, and Jentsch deflected the shot out of bounds. The Huskies then played in a quick corner kick but were unable to beat the clock as the half expired.

Wisconsin hosts Michigan (5-2-3, 1-1-0 Big Ten) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday as part of the PAC the MAC doubleheader. The UW women's team kicks off the event, hosting Illinois at noon before the Badger men take the field.

Kids will receive free admission to PAC the MAC by wearing their youth team soccer jersey to the game. UW students will also receive free admission and a free t-shirt while supplies last. Additionally, UW student seating will be available behind both of the goals.

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