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Wisconsin knocks off Marquette, 2-0

ON WISCONSIN <b>Eric Conklin scored in the 69th minute to give UW the 1-0 lead. </b>
Eric Conklin scored in the 69th minute to give UW the 1-0 lead.

Oct. 21, 2009

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MADISON, Wis. - For the second year in a row, Wisconsin shut down in-state rival Marquette with a 2-0 decision Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

It was a night with a lot of firsts for the Badgers, as junior Jon Rzepka scored his first career goal while Ryan Vint made his first appearance this season.

As the wind picked up through the night, so did Wisconsin's offense, scoring both goals late in the second half, thanks to senior Eric Conklin and Rzepka.

"We wanted to be the aggressor and push the game to keep the speed of the flow going" said first-year head coach Todd Yeagley. "They looked to slow it down.

"We could have walked away with several more goals, and that's a good thing. We're creating dangerous opportunities, I'm pleased with that."

After a scoreless first half with no shots connecting on goal, both teams came out hungry in the second half. Conklin put the Badgers on the board with the eventual game-winning tally after beating defenders to find the back of the net in the 69th minute.

"My job is to seal the play," said Conklin describing his second goal of the year. "I kind of anticipated the ball popping out. I think it skimmed over someone's head so I brought it down, got the first touch and I started dribbling towards the goal looking for guys that were open but the other team's defenders let me dribble all the way through and I passed to the far post."

Rzepka would provide the insurance off the restart when senior Scott Lorenz served from the right side to the back corner. Repzka knocked it in at the 85:20 mark.

Vint made one save, stopping a long range shot, in his first career shutout victory for the Badgers. Vint also stole a dangerous through ball early in the second half.

"It felt great," said the junior keeper.  "Getting that first one under your belt is always important. I was a little nervous to be honest with you, but you just have to settle down, take a deep breath and play your game."

Wisconsin and Marquette both put up nine shots while Vint and Marquette's Matt Pyzdrowski each made one save apiece. The Golden Eagles edged the Badgers in corner kicks 6-5.

The Badgers continue its homestand when Ohio State visits McClimon on Sunday, Oct. 25.

With the win Wisconsin moves to 5-6-2 (2-2-0 Big Ten) while Marquette drops to 3-8-3 ... UW's all-time record moves to 17-9-7 over Marquette ... UW is 6-0-1 in last seven games against the Golden Eagles ... The Badgers have not lost to Marquette at home since 1999 , going 3-0-2 in the four home matches that have followed ... Marquette falls to 0-3-2 in true road games ... UW has won three of its last four matches, outscoring opponents 6-3 ... Wisconsin is 3-1-1 at McClimon this season

Jacqueline Boscacci

Wisconsin Athletic Communications

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