Oct. 10, 2009
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The road continues to be unkind to the Wisconsin men's soccer team.
A team that has played just three of its first nine matches at home, Wisconsin is now 0-4-0 in true road games this season after a 3-0 loss to Michigan in a Big Ten Conference match Sunday at the U-M Soccer Complex.
The Wolverines (8-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) became the third-consecutive opponent to keep Wisconsin (2-5-2, 0-2-0) off the scoreboard and dealt UW its fifth scoreless result of the season.
The Badgers, who are winless in their last four matches overall, saw their season-high scoreless drought extended to 298 consecutive minutes. That dry spell dates back to the Badgers' 1-1 draw with UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 20.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath made seven saves in a match for the third time this season, but Michigan's offensive onslaught proved too much for the Badgers.
The Wolverines jumped out front early and never looked back, as Mauro Fuzetti put the hosts on the board just eight minutes into the contest by heading a ball past Horwath for an early 1-0 lead.
UW managed to maintain that differential despite being out-shot 12-4 in the first half and didn't surrender another goal until Justin Meram connected on a header in the 78th minute. Hamoody Saad provided the final margin just five minutes later by connecting for the Wolverines' third tally of the game.
The Badgers managed just two shots in the second half and were out-shot by a 22-6 margin for the match.
A total of 10 cautions were issued in an extremely physical game, including the pair of yellow cards picked up by UW's Austin Spohn that led to his ejection from the match. In addition to the 10 cards that were handed out, the teams combined for 32 total fouls.
The Badgers now have a full week to regroup before defending Big Ten champion Michigan State comes to Madison for a 3 p.m. matchup that will be broadcast live by Big Ten Network.
Sunday's win for Michigan snapped a streak of three-consecutive ties in the series between the teams ... Wisconsin is now 0-4-1 all-time against Michigan in games played in Ann Arbor ... Sunday's match was the first meeting between the team's at the new U-M Soccer Complex ... UW's three-match losing streak is the program's longest since dropping four straight to close the 2006 season ... the last time UW was shut out in three-consecutive matches was a stretch of three losses from Oct. 3-10, 1997