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Cold Spell: Badgers and Panthers play to 1-1 draw

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Wisconsin  Wisconsin 1, Milwaukee 1 (2OT)
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1st 2nd OT 2OT Final
0 1 0 0 1
0 1 0 0 1
MIL 82:37 Laurie Bell (PK)
WIS 82:59 Jacob Brindle (Toni Ramadani)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Jentsch (0-0-1) 110:00 1 4
MIL Anderson (10-2-2) 110:00 1 4
 Stats at a Glance WIS MIL
 Shots 13 17
 Shots on Goal 5 5
 Saves 4 4
 Offsides 1 1
 Corner Kicks 11 5
 Yellow Cards 1 2
 Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 23, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Wednesday night's in-state affair between the University of Wisconsin men's soccer team and the Milwaukee Panthers was the coldest game of the year for the Badgers by far in terms of temperature, but the teams brought the heat in the final 20 minutes of action.

Despite a pair of scores from both squads, each of which was separated by less than 30 seconds, neither team was able to earn the clear advantage in the final 27 minutes of play, including overtime, leading to the first draw between the teams since 2007.

"Congratulations to UWM," UW head coach John Trask said. "They're a good team with a good coaching staff. They fought hard."

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The wintry weather proved to freeze both teams for the majority of the match, as the game was scoreless through 45 minutes of play.

The Badgers finally got their attack going near the end of the second half when Drew Conner sent a laser to Nick Jones who was unable to handle the volley in front of the goal.

UW saw another great opportunity to put one in the net in the 73rd minute after being granted a set piece from straight on goal, 30 yards out. Despite a clean look at goal, Tomislav Zadro launched the ball high over the wall and sending the shot just barely over the cross bar. 

Wisconsin's pressure was quickly silenced, though, in the 82nd minute after a costly handball in the box.

UW goalkeeper Max Jentsch guessed wrong on the penalty kick, diving left, as Milwaukee's Laurie Bell buried the ball to the right to put his team up 1-0 with little time remaining.

It looked like déjà vu for the Wisconsin who allowed a goal in the 86th minute at Michigan on Sunday in a 2-1 loss.

But anyone who has watched the Badgers on the field this season knows they should never be counted out, no matter the amount of time remaining on the clock or deficit to be made up.

It took just 22 seconds for Jacob Brindle to knot the score once again.

Toni Ramadani scampered down the right side of the field and sent a cross towards a cluttered Milwaukee box.

Brindle, camped beyond the crowd, leaped in the air and drilled a header across the goal line for his fifth score of the season.

"Once they scored we knew we had to get a goal and we had eight minutes to do so, so we pushed two guys forward," Brindle said. "There were three of us in the box so I just faked my run and when everyone moved toward the ball I kind of faded back and the rest is history." 

Carrying its late-game heroics into overtime, UW looked to earn its second win against Milwaukee in seven overtime matches.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Badgers had their best look to net the golden goal in the second extra frame when Conner was stoned on a point-blank header.

Although the team was unable to grab their third come-from-behind victory of the season, Wisconsin's never-give-up mentality continues to keep them competitive.

"Pretty resilient, this is a pretty resilient group we've got here and a really good team," Trask said.

"One of the attributes of our team this season is our ability to come back," Brindle explained. "Obviously we don't want to be the one having to come from behind but we've been able to and obviously it's a great feeling, but it was tough not being able to get another one tonight."

UW returns home Sunday, Oct. 27 as No. 17 Michigan State comes to Madison for a 2 p.m. CT kickoff. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

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