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Going Streaking: Badgers extend home unbeaten streak with victory

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Wisconsin Wisconsin 1, 17 Michigan State 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 762

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1st 2nd Final
 Michigan State
0 0 0
 Wisconsin 1 0 1
WIS 26:34 Team (Michigan State)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
MSU Bennett (8-3-3) 90:00 1 5
WIS Jentsch (1-0-1) 90:00 0 1
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 Shots 10 14
 Shots on Goal 1 6
 Saves 6 1
 Offsides 0 1
 Corner Kicks 0 3
 Yellow Cards 2 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 27, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- In a venue where winning has become the expectation for the University of Wisconsin men's soccer team, the Badgers delivered again on Sunday, outlasting 17th-ranked Michigan State, 1-0, at the McClimon Complex.

The victory evened UW's Big Ten record at 2-2 on the season, while also extending the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 11 games.

"Credit Michigan State for coming in here and making it tough on us," UW head coach John Trask said. "It was unfortunate they did not have the services of (Adam) Montague but they played us close, as always and we just got a couple of rolls that went our way in this one.

"I have a lot of respect for Damon Rensing and his staff and I'm sure we'll see them down the road sometime soon."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers earn fourth shutout of season
• UW breaks 10-win plateau for 3rd time this decade
• Michigan State attempts just one shot on goal

In what was a physical battle from opening kickoff, UW was able to draw first blood in the 27th minute of action on an offensive attack sparked by Paul Yonga.

The senior collected the ball at the 18-yard mark, and dribbled down to the endline, serving it into the box for Tomislav Zadro. The ball deflected off of a Michigan State defender and beat Spartan's keeper Zach Bennett low, allowing the Badgers to take the 1-0 lead and eventually earn their 10th win of the season.

UW's fourth shutout of 2013 was pitched by senior keeper Max Jentsch, who earned just his second start of the season.

Jentsch garnered the start in UW's last match at Milwaukee and earned an impressive diving stop on a laser shot from Michigan State late in the second half of action.

"I think the defense did well," Yonga said. "As the game went on we stayed tight and compact and kept the shut out.

"Max did a great job back there as well. We feel pretty confident as a back line back there."

Despite earning the lead, Wisconsin remained active in their offensive third, earning three corner kicks, including two in the second half alone against a battle-tested defensive unit.

The Badgers outshot Michigan State in both halves, earning the 5-3 advantage in the first stanza, while outshooting the Spartans 9-7 in the final 45 minutes of action.

Although Michigan State threatened at several points throughout the match, earning 10 shots, the Badgers held the Spartans to just a single shot on goal, the lowest total for a UW opponent this season.

"It was a Big Ten type of game that we saw--it was choppy, it was tough," Trask added. "There were a lot of men on the field. (Michigan State is) a tournament team. There's no question in my mind about them.

"They tested us. It was probably the first time we didn't play really well, but good teams find a way even in those situations to win the game and we did."

With the victory, the Badgers reached the 10-win plateau for the second time during the Trask era and just the third time in the last decade.

"We wanted to get to 10 wins bad," Yonga added. "We were stuck at nine for, it felt like, forever. A win against a team like Michigan State is huge for us--huge for our confidence, huge for us going forward, trying to make the NCAA tournament."

Montague, Michigan State's leading scorer entering Sunday's match, did not travel with the team due to a leg injury he recently suffered.

Wisconsin also remains active in the race for a top-3 seed in the Big Ten tournament. The Penn State Nittany Lions wrapped up the conference regular-season championship with a win over Northwestern on Sunday, earning the No. 1 overall seed and the first-round bye.

The Badgers remain at home this week as they welcome Eastern Illinois to the McClimon Complex on Wed., Oct. 30. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT.

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