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Late rally falls short in 3-2 loss to Michigan



Oct. 10, 2010

Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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 Michigan (7-2-3)
1 3
 Wisconsin (1-7-2) 1
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• Attendance: 1,593
13' Colin Mani (unassisted)
MICH 18' Justin Meram (unassisted)
MICH 42' Soony Saad (Fabio Pereira)
MICH 59' Matt Schmitt (Fabio Pereira)
WIS 83' Chris Prince (Nick Janus)
Min GA Sv
Chris Blais (W, 7-2-3)
66:13 1 1
MICH Tim Bergsma 23:47 1 3
WIS Ryan Vint (L, 1-6-2) 90:00 3 5
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15 12
 Shots on Goal
8 7
 Corner Kicks
4 10
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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men's soccer team fell to University of Michigan, 3-2, in the PAC the MAC soccer doubleheader before 1,593 fans at the McClimon Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Michigan (7-2-3, 2-1-0 Big Ten) scored the game-winning goal off a set piece in the 59th minute. Fabio Pereira send a free kick into the 18-yard box from 45 yards out, where U-M teammate Matt Schmitt found the back of the net on a header.

"We knew they were a pretty good attacking team," head coach John Trask said. "We knew they were going to punish us for mistakes and they did. It looked like we are accepting defeat at this point. That's disappointing, and that's something that we have to change. We have to change that culture."

Wisconsin (1-8-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) received goals from junior Colin Mani (Madison, Wis.) and freshman Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.).

The Badgers took the lead in the 12th minute when Mani scored his first goal of the season on an unassisted shot to the far left post. The ball grazed a Michigan defender, deflecting it just out of reach of goalkeeper Chris Blais.

However, Michigan responded in the 18th minute with a goal by Justin Meram on a breakaway. Pereira threaded a pass to Meram, who broke through the Badger defense for a one-on-one opportunity against senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.). Meram's low shot to the lower left ninety snuck past Vint's outstretched hands, tying the score at 1-1.

Vint made five saves in his first appearance since posting a career-high 11 saves against Indiana. Michigan outshot UW, 15-12, but only held an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal. Starting goalkeeper Chris Blais made one save for the Wolverines, while Tim Bergsma came off the bench to record three.

Michigan took the lead for the first time in the game with three minutes left in the first. UW took a foul outside the box, and Michigan set up for the resulting free kick. Michigan forward Soony Saad sent the ball high and into the back of the net for an unassisted goal.

The Badgers rallied with a late goal by Prince, his second of the season. Freshman Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) played a perfect cross into the box where Prince looked right to the goal with a low shot that blasted past Bergsma. Prince's tally gave the Badgers new life with seven minutes on the clock.

Shortly after, Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) ripped a shot from the top of the box, but it was blocked by the Michigan defense. UW kept the pressure on with a shot by Janus that was directed out of bounds for a corner kick, but Bergsma took care of the ball amidst a battle inside the box. 

However, time was not on the Badgers side as the clock ticked down to zero, and Michigan took home the 3-2 victory.

The Badgers travel to Michigan State on Oct. 17 for a 1:30 p.m. (C.T.) meeting with the Spartans. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

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