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No place like home: Brindle leads Badgers in 2-0 win over UMKC

Wisconsin 2, UMKC 0
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison, Wis.
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• Attendance: 288
WIS 59:03 Jacob Brindle (Kyle McCrudden)
WIS 82:13 Jacob Brindle (Trevor Wheeler)
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WIS Jentsch (2-1-0) 90:00 0 1
UMKC Sparrow (5-6-1) 90:00 2 2
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 Shots on Goal 4 1
 Saves 1 2
 Offsides 5 6
 Corner Kicks 8 1
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. - Jacob Brindle scored less than 63 seconds after entering the game, and the sophomore forward tallied two goals en route to a 2-0 Wisconsin men's soccer win over UMKC on Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

"Brindle has been working hard in training and we felt like the game was there for services into the box, which he is really good at," head coach John Trask said. "We know he's a good box-finisher, we don't often have the ball as much in the opponent's side as we did this game, and that's why we went to him. He's an important piece for us to become a better team."

The Badgers (6-8-2) thoroughly outplayed the Kangaroos (6-7-2) throughout the first half, dominating possession, out shooting UMKC, 6-1, and winning the corner kick battle, 5-0. But the Badgers just couldn't find a way to put a goal on the board in those first 45 minutes, as all of their first half shots missed the net. Enter Brindle.

Brindle came off the bench for his the first time since Sept. 14 at Western Illinois. Capitalizing on the opportunity, he gave the Badgers a 1-0 advantage just 63 seconds after he took to the pitch.

The goal started after Anders Kristensen chipped a pass over the UMKC defense from about 40 yards out. The pass was picked up by Kyle McCrudden, who was all alone on the left side of the box. The senior got off a shot that hit the left post and rebounded to Brindle on the far side, who powered the ricochet in from a yard out.

UMKC responded with renewed vigor on the offensive end, sending a series of crosses into the Badger box. All of them were deftly handled by UW goalkeeper Max Jentsch, who nabbed the crosses before they could find Kangaroo heads.

The Badgers put an end to any doubt about the outcome of the game when Brindle struck again with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Trevor Wheeler made the goal possible, as he out-hustled a Kangaroo defender to the ball on the UMKC end line, and made a sliding save to keep the ball in play. Brindle shook himself free and finished the play with a powerful shot to the right side of the net from about 15 yards out.

The Badger defense held strong to the 2-0 lead, shutting down the Kangaroos for the remainder of the game.

After not outshooting an opponent since Oct. 10, the Badgers peppered the UMKC goal with shots all night. The final tally gave UW a 19-2 advantage, including a 13-1 lead in second half shots. The Badgers earned eight corner kicks to the Kangaroos' one.

The total effort led to a quiet night for Jentsch, who was only called upon to make one save, but played well when he was challenged.

Wednesday's win pushed the Badgers' home winning streak to three games, going into Sunday's Senior Day against Northwestern at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

"We've won three-out-of-four games at home, it's always nice to win, and it builds a belief in the team," Trask said. "We're playing a very good Northwestern team this weekend, we've lost the last two years to them in very tight games, and we're going to bring everything."

Kickoff for Sunday's game is slated for noon. Fans not in attendance can watch the game live on the Big Ten Network.

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