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Road woes continue for Badgers

Oct. 21, 2012

Michigan State 2, Wisconsin 0

Demartin Soccer Stadium • East Lansing, Mich.

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• Attendance: 805
MSU 25:54 Domenic Barone (Penalty Kick)
MSU 59:02 Adam Montague (Nick Wilson, Fatai Alashe)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (4-6-3) 90:00 2 6
MSU Bennett (4-1-0) 90:00 0 4
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 Shots 9 13
 Shots on Goal 4 6
 Saves 6 4
 Offsides 0 1
 Corner Kicks 3 1
 Yellow Cards 2 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis.-- The Wisconsin men's soccer team was unable to overcome season-long struggles on the road, as the Badgers fell to Michigan State (7-7-1, 2-2-0), 2-0 in East Lansing, Mich., Sunday afternoon.

The road loss was the third of the season for UW and the Badgers have not won a true road game since defeating Memphis on Aug. 24.

After an uneventful start to the game, the Spartans got an opening when they earned a penalty kick in the 26th minute.

MSU's Cody Henderson ran down the ball about a yard within the right side of the Wisconsin box. Andrew Lauko reached the ball at nearly the same time, but he collided with Henderson, and the Michigan State midfielder went down. A foul was called, granting the Spartans a penalty kick. Spartan forward Domenic Barone placed his shot in the lower left corner of the net to give MSU a 1-0 lead that it would take into the second half.

Returning after halftime Spartans struck again about fifteen minutes into the second half.

MSU midfielder Nick Wilson gained possession of a loose ball, freed himself from the Badger defense, and fired a shot diagonally at the UW goal from 15 yards out. The shot from the right side of the box was turned away by a diving Chase Rau, but the rebound bounced right into the middle of the UW box, where it was gathered and punched in by Adam Montague, giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

For the most part, the Wisconsin defense played well, led by Rau. The freshman keeper was given the starting nod by Trask after rotating starts with Max Jentsh over the past four games. He responded by recording six saves against the ferocious Spartan attack, matching his season high.

The Badgers were unable to make a dent in the deficit for the rest of the game, as the UW offense managed just nine shots against the Spartans.

After failing to find the back of the net today, the Badgers have now gone five consecutive matches against the Spartans in East Lansing without scoring. The last UW goal in East Lansing against Michigan State came on Oct. 31, 2004.

Wisconsin will head back to Madison this week for a pair of matches, the first of which will come against UMKC on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The Badgers hope that a return to the McClimon Soccer Complex will get them back on track as UW has won three of its last four games in Madison. 

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