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Late goal buries Badgers on road at Michigan

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Wisconsin  Michigan 2, Wisconsin 1
U-M Soccer Stadium • Ann Arbor, Mich.

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1st 2nd Final
0 1 1
0 2 2
MICH 52:41 James Murphy
WIS 63:51 Nick Janus
MICH 86:21 Tyler Arnone (Colin McAtee, Fabio Pereira)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Beyers (9-3-1) 90:00 2 3
MICH Grinwis (6-4-3) 90:00 1 2
 Stats at a Glance WIS MICH
Shots 15 12
Shots on Goal 3 5
Saves 3 2
Offsides 1 1
Corner Kicks 7 3
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 20, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Wisconsin men's soccer team took to the pitch in an unfamiliar place Sunday afternoon for the first time in over two weeks after finishing off an undefeated, four-game home stand last Wednesday.

The Badgers (9-3-1, 1-2-0) were unable to add to their win streak outside of Madison, though, as Michigan tallied a late-game stinger to seal a 2-1 victory at U-M Soccer Stadium.

Wisconsin came on strong in the first half, knowing that it needed to bring every ounce of energy it had to the field in order to steal a win on the road in the Big Ten.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers lose first match since Sept. 29
• UW drops first road match to Michigan in John Trask era
• Janus tallies team-leading seventh goal

"We knew we were going to have to come out of the gates ready to go today," UW head coach John Trask said. "Any time you play on the road in the Big Ten it's going to be tough, so we needed all the early momentum we could get."

The Badgers swarmed the Wolverines (6-4-3, 2-2-0) midway through the first half when they took seven shots in an eight-minute span.

UW's best opportunity came in the 32nd minute, as Nick Jones rang a chip shot off the cross bar. The rebound was scooped up by Michigan keeper Adam Grinwis.

Wisconsin led 9-5 in shots after 45 minutes of play.

"I was pleased with how the guys played in the first half," Trask explained. "It would've been nice to grab a goal when he had all that pressure in the first half, but we were in a good place heading into the half in a scoreless tie."

The Wolverines opened up the scoring in the 53rd minute, as James Murphy capitalized on a UW miscue to net his fourth goal of the season.

The sophomore forward gave his team the lead after intercepting a misplayed Badgers' pass back to the keeper and putting it passed Casey Beyers.

As it has all season, Wisconsin showed its resiliency, knotting the score at one just 11 minutes later thanks to a failed clearance by the Wolverines' defense.

Nick Janus gathered the ball at his feet and blasted his seventh goal of the year to the top right corner of the net.

"Nick has been our best goal scorer all year and he showed that again today," Trask said.

As the clock ticked passed the 85-minute mark, it looked as if the game would have to be decided in overtime.

Instead, Michigan sent the Badgers home in regulation, as Fabio Pereira and Colin McAtee connected with Tyler Arnone to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead and ultimately the win.

"Losing a game in the last few minutes like we did today always leaves a bitter taste in your mouth," Trask dded. "But we have to have short memory this week, especially with the short time between now and out next match."

Wisconsin will return to the field Wednesday night to take on in-state rival Milwaukee in its second-to-last non-conference duel of the season.

Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. CT at Engelmann Field.

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