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Indy-scribable: Badgers stun Indiana in comeback fashion

Indiana   Wisconsin 4, Indiana 3 
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 1,512

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1st 2nd Final
0 3 3
0 4 4
IND 37:05 Tommy Thompson (Tanner Thompson)
IND 35:09 Tommy Thompson (Tanner Thompson)
WIS 65:09 Toni Ramadani (Nick Janus)
IND 67:01 Fe Hollinger-Janzen (A.J. Corrado)
WIS 72:23 AJ Cochran (Tomislav Zadro, Jacob Brindle)
WIS  81:51 Jacob Brindle (Drew Conner, Chris Prince)
WIS 84:54 AJ Cochran (Drew Conner)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Casey Beyers (7-2-1) 90:00 3 2
IND Michael Soderlund (4-6-1) 90:00 4 3
 Stats at a Glance IND WIS
 Shots 9 11
 Shots on Goal 5 7
 Saves 3 2
 Offsides 1 2
 Corner Kicks 3 4
 Yellow Cards 0 2
 Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 11, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team could not have asked for a more perfect weekend to welcome the defending NCAA champion, Indiana Hoosiers, to the McClimon Complex for its Big Ten home opener.

In front of a crowd that eclipsed this season’s previous high by nearly 400 fans, the Badgers put on quite a show, earning one of the most memorable comeback home wins in school history.

UW (8-2-1, 1-1-0) used a four-goal performance in the final 25 minutes of action to secure the 4-3 win over the Hoosiers, the programs fifth victory all-time against IU.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers earn 5th win against Hoosiers all-time
• Wisconsin scores four goals in final 25 minutes
• UW extends home unbeaten streak to 9 matches

“It was a great win obviously, being an IU guy and knowing they’re the defending national champions,” UW head coach John Trask said. “They are one hell of a good soccer team and so are the Badgers and we proved that tonight.”

The victory extended Wisconsin’s home unbeaten streak to nine consecutive matches, as the Badgers improve to 5-0-0 at the McClimon Complex in 2013.

A pair of goals from junior preseason All-American AJ Cochran, including the eventual game-winner, as well as scores from Toni Ramadani and Jacob Brindle, erased a two-goal, second half deficit and sealed the win for the Badgers.

“We never gave up,” said Drew Conner, who tallied a pair of assists on the night. “Thanks to the fans for being here, cheering us on the whole game. It was a huge motivation.

“We’ve got a lot of heart. Going down two goals against a good team and the defending national champs, it is not easy to claw your way back into a game.”

After a quiet first half that included a combined seven shots, the McClimon crowd was treated to an electrifying final 45 minutes of action. Down 2-0 to the Hoosiers entering the 65th minute, Ramadani earned the Badgers’ first goal of the match, as Brindle served a pass to a streaking Nick Janus who connected with Ramadani right to left for the goal.

The Hoosiers (4-7-1, 1-2-0) would respond with their third and final goal of the evening just two minutes later, extending their lead to 3-1, but the UW’s fight continued into the 70th minute with an offensive barrage sparked by Cochran.

In the 72nd minute, senior Tomislav Zadro, who sat the last three games following meniscus surgery, served in a corner kick that was knocked in by Cochran for his first of two goals on the evening, cutting Indiana’s lead to 3-2.

Wisconsin dominated offensively for much of the second half and eventually broke through again in the 81st minute as Conner and Paul Yonga connected with Brindle who sniped in the equalizer from the front corner of the six-yard box.

Three minutes later, with the pendulum entirely swung in UW’s favor, the Badgers delivered the knockout punch. In the 84th minute, with the student section facing him and the wind at a standstill, Conner would send a corner kick into the box that seemed to sail in the air for hours. Finally, at its peak, Cochran directed the ball pack post on a header, tallying his second goal of the evening and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“It’s always special when you defeat the defending NCAA champs,” Zadro said. “We wanted to prove that we could hang with them. We came back and showed that we can play with the best.”

Cochran, who tallied just one goal all season entering Friday’s Big Ten battle, would give the Badgers the 4-3 lead and the eventual win.

The Badgers went on to successfully defend their lead for the final four minutes, celebrating their win with the students in attendance following the win.

Wisconsin returns to the McClimon Complex on Tues., Oct. 15, as it welcomes Western Illinois. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.

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