Badgers drop second-straight OT heartbreaker


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Oct. 23, 2010

Northwestern 4, Wisconsin 3 (OT)
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd OT Final
 Northwestern (8-5-2)
1 2 1 4
 Wisconsin (1-11-2) 1
2 0 3
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WIS 15' Chris Prince (unassisted)
NU 23' Lepe Seetane (unassisted)
NU 50' Oliver Kupe (Lepe Seetane)
WIS 83' Chris Prince (Aaron Nichols, Arnel Zahirovic)
WIS 84' Chris Prince (Paul Yonga)
NU 88' Matt Eliason (Penalty Kick)
NU 94' Jack Hillgard (unassisted)
 Goalkeepers
Min GA Sv
NU Drew Kotler 45:00 1 0
NU Tommy Tombridge 45:00 2 2
NU  Jonathan Harris 4:10 0 0
WIS  Max Jentsch 94:10 4 2
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NU WIS
 Shots
12 14
 Shots on Goal
6 5
 Saves
2 2
 Offsides
1 0
 Corner Kicks
7 2
 Yellow Cards
0 1
 Red Cards
0 0
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MADISON, Wis. – Despite freshman Chris Prince’s (Naperville, Ill.) first career hat trick, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (1-11-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) dropped a 4-3 overtime heartbreaker to Northwestern (8-5-2, 2-1-1 Big Ten) Saturday night at the McClimon Complex. The Wildcats notched the game-winner in the 94th minute to seal the overtime victory.

Three goals, including two goals by the Badgers and a penalty kick by the Wildcats, in the last seven minutes of regulation sent Wisconsin into its seventh overtime contest of the season. The game marked the Badgers’ second heartbreaking overtime loss of the week, after falling, 4-3, to Green Bay Wednesday.

“I thought that we were much better tonight than we were the other night,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said of the Badgers, who outshot Northwestern, 14-12. “The other night when we had a lead, we couldn’t even hold the lead for six minutes. Tonight, I believe we held the lead for ten minutes. In the future, we need to be able to hold on for a longer period of time.”

Prince’s three-goal effort marked his second-straight multiple-goal game. The last time a Badger recorded a hat trick was Sept. 3, 2006 against IPFW when Victor Diaz and Brian Bultman each notched a hat trick.

The Badgers took the lead in the first half; however, NU tied the score at 1-1 heading into halftime. Prince scored back-to-back goals in the final seven minutes of the game to give the Badgers the 3-2 lead, but NU’s penalty kick in regulation and game-winning goal in the fourth minute of overtime prevented Wisconsin from salvaging the victory. 

Prince gave the Badgers the 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when he snuck the ball into the lower left corner after taking a quick touch that left NU’s goalkeeper off balance.

“Prince had three goals tonight and two goals against Green Bay and I expect him to get four goals on Wednesday (against Milwaukee) because he is a very good player,” Trask said. “I am looking forward to working with him for the next three and a half years. There is something special about that kid.” 

Northwestern answered in the 23rd minute when Lepe Seetane ripped a shot from 20 yards out that sailed into the upper left corner of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

Shortly after, the Badgers had a chance to gain the lead when freshman Joey Tennyson (Milwaukee, Wis.) fired a hard shot from outside the goal box that skimmed the top right corner to keep the score at 1-1.

Wisconsin had another promising chance when senior Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.) placed a cross inside the box that was deflected off the head of a Northwestern defender. Freshman Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) followed up on the deflection with a one-timer that fell slightly right of the goal to slate the score at 1-1 heading into halftime.

Rookie goalkeeper Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.) recorded two saves in the first half, including a diving save in the 16th minute.

Northwestern took the 2-1 advantage in the 50th minute when Oliver Kupe placed a hard shot that ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net. Seetane was credited with setting up the tally.

However, Prince answered with back -to-back goals in the 83rd and 84th minute to give the Badgers the 3-2 lead late in the game.

Wisconsin’s second goal of the contest came when Nichols crossed the ball from the left side of the field, and Prince directed a header into the back of the net from the far post to tie the score at 2-2. Junior Arnel Zahirovic (Melbourne, Australia) earned the secondary assist.

Less than two minutes later, freshman Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) sent the ball to Prince who ripped a shot that deflected off a NU defender into the net to give the Badgers the 3-2 advantage in the 84th minute. Yonga’s assist marked his first career point for UW.

“Yonga just keeps impressing us and keeps becoming a better player,” Trask said. “There is a lot to like about him. There is something to like about every player on this team, and Yonga is one of them.”

The game marked the Badgers’ seventh overtime game of the season, moving their record in extra time to 0-5-2. Seven overtime games ties the program record for overtime games in a single season. UW also had seven overtime games in 1982, 1996 and 1997.

Jentsch, who appeared in his fifth collegiate game for Wisconsin, posted four saves. Northwestern used three goalkeepers in the contest including Drew Kotler in the first half, Tommy Tombridge in the second half (2 saves) and Jonathan Harris who sealed the overtime victory for Northwestern. 

The Badgers return to action Wednesday, hosting Milwaukee at 7 p.m. (CT). Wisconsin is tied with the Panthers 13-13-6 all-time. The last time the two squared off was on Nov. 5, 2009 when the Cardinal and White notched a 1-0 victory over the in-state foe.

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