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Badgers extend winning streak with 3-0 victory over Green Bay

Wisconsin 3, Green Bay
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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• Attendance: 191
WIS 25:32 Jerry Maddi (Nick Janus)
WIS 51:34 David Caban (Jerry Maddi)
WIS 75:03 Nick Janus (Chris Prince)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Max Jentsch (1-1-0) 81:34 0 4
WIS Jameson Kronser 8:26 0 0
GB Ryan Wehking (1-7-2) 38:33 1 3
GB Max Nimmo 51:27 2 0
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 Shots 12 12
 Shots on Goal 6 4
 Saves 4 3
 Offsides 1 4
 Corner Kicks 3 3
 Yellow Cards 1 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Entering the match with a four game-losing streak against Green Bay, the Wisconsin men's soccer team claimed its first win against the Phoenix since 2008, with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

"Anytime you play an in-state rivalry you throw out the records, they had seniors on the field who have never lost to Wisconsin before," head coach John Trask said. "There's a lot of pride in these in-state rivalry games, whether it's us against Marquette, Milwaukee or Green Bay. These are games that take on a whole different flavor than a conference game or another nonconference game. There's no question they came here to try to beat us or at least get a result and we stepped up to the plate."

Inclement weather must bode well for Wisconsin (5-6-3) as the Badgers have now strung together back-to-back victories in the rain. Last Saturday, Michigan and Wisconsin played in light rain, while a steady downpour of rain and occasional wind gusts greeted Wisconsin and Green Bay (2-9-3) Wednesday night.

The Badgers scored the opening goal for the second-straight game. In the 26th minute, Nick Janus made a run down the left flank. Janus then dished the ball off to Jerry Maddi who was inside the box about 12 yards out. Maddi took a shot, placing it in the upper-90 to the far post for his second goal of the season.

After getting on the scoreboard first, the Badgers continued to pressure the Phoenix for the remainder of the half. However, Green Bay sustained the pressure and Wisconsin settled for a 1-0 lead at half time.

The rain, along with the Green Bay determination, refused to let up at the start of the second half. The Phoenix pressured strong, but the Badgers would be the ones to find the back of the net.

Green Bay and Wisconsin traded possession early, but Maddi found an opening down the right side. Maddi carried the ball toward the end line and chipped it back up top. David Caban ran into the pass and struck the ball low, placing it to the far side of the net for his first goal of the season and the Badgers' second of the game.

Wisconsin continued the offensive outpour and in the 76th minute Chris Prince ripped the ball away from a Green Bay defender with a slide tackle to create a two-on-one break for the Badgers. With the goalkeeper challenging, Prince dished the ball off to his left to a wide open Janus, who tapped the ball in for his fourth goal of the season.

With eight minutes remaining in the game, Wisconsin opted for a change in goal as Oregon, Wis., native Jameson Kronser made his collegiate debut. Max Jentsch started the game and recorded four saves in the win. The Badgers' defense continued to play strong for the remainder of the game as Kronser was not required to make a save while in net.

"It always starts with good defense," Trask said. "We didn't give them much and it ends up that we're able to possess the ball and we're able to get the ball in better parts of the field. Then the question is `can we be good enough and can we be creative enough to create some goal-scoring opportunities?' And we did tonight."

Wisconsin and Green Bay both attempted 12 shots in the match, but the Badgers landed six on net compared to four by the Phoenix.

The Badgers resume Big Ten play this weekend, taking on Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Sunday. The game will be televised live on BTN with kickoff scheduled for noon.

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