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No Place Like Home: Badgers protect home turf against Drake

Drake Wisconsin 3, Drake 2
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 310

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1st 2nd Final
 Drake 0 2 2
 Wisconsin 1 2 3
WIS 12:25 Jacob Brindle (Nick Janus)
WIS 60:59 Paul Yonga (Chris Prince)
DU 80:04 Alec Bartlett (Thomas Schermoly)
WIS 83:22 Nick Janus (PK)
DU 84:13 Jarred Arde
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
DU MacLeod (5-1-1) 90:00 3 3
WIS Beyers (7-2-1) 90:00 2 0
 Stats at a Glance DU WIS
 Shots 8 13
 Shots on Goal 2 6
 Saves 3 0
 Offsides 0 1
 Corner Kicks 3 7
 Yellow Cards 1 3
 Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 8, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Since returning home from the five-game road swing they endured during September, John Trask and the University of Wisconsin men's soccer coaching staff stressed to their team the importance of protecting home field.

So far, the coaches' words have resonated as the Badgers extended their home unbeaten streak to eight matches on Tuesday, outlasting the Drake Bulldogs, 3-2, at the McClimon Complex.

"I think what you saw was two very mature, collegiate soccer teams that were willing to take the fight to each other--both individually and collectively," Trask said. "I have a lot of respect for the men over there in blue. I've got a heck of a lot of respect for the players in white representing Wisconsin.

"As the game got on the line, the physical component of the game was a huge part of it and it will be that way for the rest of the Big Ten season."

Fast Facts
• Badgers extend home unbeaten streak to 8
• Janus nets sixth goal in last seven matches
• UW improves to 4-0-0 at home in 2013

Nick Janus' penalty kick goal proved to be the difference in this match, as the senior tallied his sixth goal in the last seven games. Janus also recorded an assist on the night, as fellow seniors Jacob Brindle and Paul Yonga earned scores for UW as well.

After giving up a score to Drake in the 80th minute, UW continued to attack in their offensive third, drawing a hand ball and earning the penalty kick just three minutes later. Janus, the Badgers' leading scorer heading into the match, was able to beat Drake keeper Darrin MacLeod, securing Wisconsin's third and final goal of the evening.

"If we're fortunate enough to move on to something else at the end of the season these are the type of teams we're going to play," Trask added. "The last one we played, against Gonzaga, we weren't prepared for it. Tonight we were ready."

The Badgers drew first blood as seniors Nick Janus and Jacob Brindle connected to give UW the early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of action.

Janus slotted the ball left to right to Brindle who beat Drake keeper Darrin MacLeod far post for his third goal of the season.

The seniors connected for one of the two shots on goal in the first 45 minutes of action as the Badgers entered the intermission with the 1-0 advantage.

Wisconsin dominated much of the offensive play early in the second half and in the 61st minute, senior Paul Yonga provided the highlight of the night.

Following a Drake foul, UW set up for a free kick from 35 yards out, straight on in front of goal. Chris Prince tapped the set piece to Yonga who fired a laser that sailed over the wall and into the back of the net, resulting in an eruption from the Wisconsin bench area.

"Yonga is a world-class striker," Trask proclaimed. "There's not a goalkeeper in the world that stops that shot. Compliments to Paul."

The match would be characterized by physical play from both teams as four yellow cards were assessed in the final 14 minutes of action.

Drake would go on tally a pair of late scores, but it would not be enough as UW moved to 4-0-0 at home in 2013.

"It's always good to defend our turf," Brindle said. "That's what we set out to do every time we play at home."

The Badgers return to the McClimon Complex on Friday to welcome defending NCAA champion, Indiana. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.

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