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Whiplash: Badgers outlast Leathernecks with late, second-half goal

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Western Illinois  Wisconsin 1, Western Illinois 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 210

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1st 2nd Final
 Western Illinois
0 0 0
0 1 1
WIS 80:08 Tomislav Zadro (PK)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIU Dietrich (3-10-0) 90:00 1 10
WIS Beyers (9-2-1) 90:00 0 1
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Shots 3 27
Shots on Goal 1 11
Saves 10 1
Offsides 0 1
Corner Kicks 3 9
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 15, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- A second-half barrage from the University of Wisconsin men's soccer team proved to be too much as the Badgers outlasted the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 1-0, at the McClimon Complex on Tuesday.

It was a tale of two halves for UW, as the Badgers (9-2-1, 1-1-0) attempted 20 shots in the second stanza, compared to just seven in a quiet first half.

Senior Tomislav Zadro proved to be the missing link though. After coming off of the bench to start the match, the senior started the second half, eventually tallying the game-winning score for the Badgers, his third goal of the season.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers push their unbeaten home streak to 10
• UW earns third shutout of the season
• Zadro tallies his 9th career goal in the 80th minute

"I thought the guys smelled that we could get after them in the second half," UW head coach John Trask said. "(Eric) Johnson and his players fought and denied us opportunity after opportunity, sliding in front of their goal, blocking shots, good goalkeeping.

"Compliments to our guys in finding one."

Fans in attendance were treated to a cold first half of play, both on the field and off. As the temperature dropped to the lowest it has been all season, both sides struggled to find its footing offensively.

UW finally broke through in the 80th minute, as Zadro knocked in his ninth career goal to seal the win for the Badgers. Much of the offense moved through Zadro in the second half and the senior made the most of his aggressive play, drawing a foul in the box late in the second half to set up a penalty kick.

Zadro's kick was initially saved by Western Illinois keeper, Yves Dietrich, but Zadro collected the ball on the rebound and sent it into the back of the net with just 10 minutes to play in regulation.

"Us players in the huddle just said, `Listen, we're going to do this right now. We're going to get a goal and put this game away.' And we came out with the right attitude," Zadro said. "We created a lot of good chances and we persevered."

The Badgers, who earned their fourth-consecutive win on Tuesday, also pushed their home unbeaten streak to 10 matches.

Following a defensive-minded first half, the Badgers made the Leathernecks work in the second half as UW earned eight corners in the final 45 minutes of action alone.

Western Illinois (3-10-0, 1-2-0) has always been a formidable opponent for the Badgers, as each of the last four meetings have been decided by a single goal.

"It's just one of those teams where they've got a couple good players and they're playing a Big Ten team, so they wanted to prove to themselves that they could play," Zadro said. "And they can play. They're a good team."

The win not only bodes well for UW in terms of protecting its home turf, but it also gives the Badgers some momentum heading back into Big Ten play.

Wisconsin travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sunday to take on the Wolverines. Kickoff is slated for noon CT on the Big Ten Digital Network.

"We've got to be road soldiers again and go on the road to Ann Arbor and see if we can get a result in the Big Ten," Trask added. "To finish up this home stand 4-0 is absolutely critical to where we are in the grand scheme of things once the regular season ends."

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