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Fit to be tied: Badgers, Wildcats play to scoreless draw

 Wisconsin 0,  24 Northwestern 0 (2OT)
McClimon Soccer Complex • Madison Wis.
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 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (4-6-4) 110:00 0 5
NU Miller (10-4-3) 110:00 0 1
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 Shots 4 10
 Shots on Goal 1 5
 Saves 5 1
 Offsides 0 2
 Corner Kicks 4 5
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Northwestern on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex, crippling the Wildcats’ Big Ten Championship hopes while building some momentum of their own as they approach the Big Ten Tournament.

“I was very pleased with our performance today,” said head coach John Trask. “This is Big Ten soccer. It’s tight, and there aren’t a lot of chances. Both teams are disciplined…and you’ve got to do something special to get a goal.”

The game got off to a rough start for Wisconsin (6-7-4, 1-3-1 Big Ten), as the Wildcats (10-4-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten) dominated the beginning of the game. The Badgers’ offense could not get off the ground, as UW was held without a shot for the first 45 minutes of the game.

Northwestern combined its shutdown defense with relentless offense. The Wildcats made themselves at home outside the Wisconsin box, sending service after service towards the Badgers’ goal. The Wisconsin defense rose to the challenge, however, and limited Northwestern to just three first half shots, despite the Wildcat’s possession advantage.

Freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau was a big part of the strong defensive effort. He made his presence felt early with a phenomenal charging save on a shot from Joey Calistri just six minutes into the game. He would finish the game with a total of five saves.

After the half, the Badgers came out on the attack, holding their own against the Wildcats as the teams traded scoring chances.

Chris Prince got off the first shot for Wisconsin minutes into the second half, firing a bullet that just missed the right side of the goal from inside the Northwestern box. The shot attempt came off a nice feed from Jerry Maddi, who found Prince with a well-placed chip across the box.

The Wildcats got a pair of scoring opportunities of their own later in the second half.

Again, Calistri was the catalyst for Northwestern, as the freshman settled a corner kick and got off a shot from about 12 yards out. Rau knocked the ball away, and it caromed out to the top of the UW box, where it was gathered by Lepe Seetane, who let loose a rocket. The shot hit the crossbar and was played out of trouble by the Wisconsin defense.

Even as the game went into overtime, good looks were hard to come by. Each team got off two shots in the combined overtime periods.

The Badgers are now 3-1-1 in their last five games, and will look to continue their strong play when they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes on Sunday Nov. 4 at noon.

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