Janus' late-game heroics push Badgers past Wolverines, 2-1


Oct. 13, 2012 

Wisconsin 2, Michigan 1
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin
1 1 2
 Michigan 1 0 1
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• Attendance: 446
 Scoring
WIS 6:02 Chris Prince (Drew Conner)
UM 14:42 Tyler Armone (Brian Klemczak)
WIS 79:53 Nick Janus (Chris Prince)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (4-5-3) 90:00 1 6
MU Grinwis (4-6-1) 90:00 2 2
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 Shots 7 14
 Shots on Goal 7 4
 Saves 6 2
 Offsides 3 1
 Corner Kicks 9 1
 Yellow Cards 1 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s soccer team bounced back from its midweek loss to Milwaukee in a big way, using a late goal by Nick Janus to defeat Michigan, 2-1, on a rainy night at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. 

“When you win a game in the manner we did, to claw that deep on a wet, tough field, there’s nothing like it,” said head coach John Trask. “This was two Big Ten teams going at it and we’ll use it as a momentum-builder. These are wins that really change the last third of the season.”

Janus’ goal in the 80th minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Badgers (4-6-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) their first conference win of the season. After a Chase Rau goal kick, junior forward Chris Prince flicked a header on to Janus, who reached the ball at the same time as a Michigan defender. As the two players collided, Janus got off a shot that went over Michigan keeper Adam Grinwis’ head, hit the bottom of the crossbar, bounced down onto the goal line, and then rebounded up again, over the goal line and into the goal.

As the Badgers celebrated around him, Janus stayed down, shaken up on the play. After a few moments, he made it back to his feet to see a 2-1 lead for UW on the scoreboard.

Wisconsin seemed to come out on a mission early, striking just six minutes into the game. The inclement weather made its presence felt early, as a Drew Conner shot slipped through Grinwis’ rain-soaked gloves and caromed right to Prince, who finished the rebound with authority from a yard out to give the Badgers a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Wolverines would respond with a goal of their own, as Brian Klemczak and Tyler Armone hooked up to tie the score at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Klemczak won possession of the ball near midfield and played a ball over the top to a streaking Arnone. Arnone beat a pair of Badger defenders to the ball, and finished with a sliding shot that went just under the arm of a charging Rau.

The goal sparked a ferocious Michigan offensive that would last for the duration of the first half and into the second. The Wolverines peppered the Badger net with shots, but many of them found the gloves of a spectacular Rau, who made a season-high six saves.

The Wolverines took an 8-4 lead in shots into halftime, as well as a 4-0 advantage on corner kicks. But a stingy Badger defense and fantastic goalkeeping kept the Wolverines off the board for the rest of the game, even as Michigan increased its shot advantage to 14-7 and its corner kick advantage to 9-1 over the rest of the match.

With Rau and the defense keeping the score tied, the Badgers just needed a quick goal from its opportunistic offense. They would get it when Janus put the Badgers ahead in spectacular fashion.

But the game was far from over, and Rau and the defense would be called on to protect the UW lead for the last ten minutes of regulation. They would do just that, keeping Michigan at bay during a thrilling finish.

The Wolverines certainly made the Badgers sweat it out, firing shots from all over the field in a last-ditch effort to even the score.

After a Michigan shot deflected off a Badger and over the UW endline, Michigan star Fabio Pereira raced out to take the corner kick. His service met the head of Andrew Lauko, who redirected the ball out of bounds for another Michigan corner kick. With the game clock now under 10 seconds, Pereira got off a final cross for Michigan, but a leaping Rau punched the ball out of the air to preserve the UW victory.

The Badgers will look to build on tonight’s thrilling win when they host Green Bay at the McClimon Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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