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Hats off: Brindle, Badgers take down Eastern Illinois

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EIU 23 Wisconsin 5, Eastern Illinois 1
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 245

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1st 2nd Final
Eastern Illinois
1 0 1
Wisconsin 3 2 5
WIS 27:18 Brian Hail (Chris Prince, Nick Jones)
WIS 28:47 Jacob Brindle (Paul Yonga, Tomislav Zadro)
EIU 33:44 Eric McCausland (Nick Smith, Jake Brillhart)
WIS 34:41 Nick Jones (Tomislav Zadro, Ryan Buda)
WIS 45:24 Jacob Brindle (Nick Jones, Chris Prince)
WIS 49:30 Jacob Brindle (Paul Yonga)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
EIU Creasor (0-4-1) 45:00 3 2
EIU Miller 45:00 2 0
WIS Jentsch (2-0-1) 65:11 1 1
WIS Kronser
24:49 0 1
Stats at a Glance EIU WIS
Shots 5 18
Shots on Goal 3 7
Saves 2 2
Offsides 1 0
Corner Kicks 1 7
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
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Oct. 30, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Playing on a wet, slippery surface at the McClimon Complex Wednesday night, the No. 23 Wisconsin men’s soccer team didn’t slip up, as it defeated Eastern Illinois, 5-1, to finish its non-conference season at 9-1-2 and extend the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak to 12 matches.

“The thing I’m most proud of about this win is that from every man you saw a Badger way of doing things,” UW head coach John Trask said. “We played possession soccer, we were focused, we were disciplined.”

UW, no stranger to scoring goals in 2013, found the back of the net five times for the second time this season, putting its season total at 34—a whopping 13 goals more than last season’s final tally.

Fast Facts
• Badgers extend home unbeaten streak to 12 games
• UW allows less than two goals for fifth straight match
Jacob Brindle records first Wisconsin hat trick since 2010

Wisconsin (11-3-2) got on the board in the 27th minute, as freshman Brian Hail netted his first collegiate goal.

Chris Prince found Hail, unmarked at the top of the box and he didn’t miss, placing the ball perfectly in the upper right corner.

“Brian has been doing some unbelievable things,” Trask explained. “Any time we can get another guy on the score sheet, it’s great. If that same ball presents itself down the road, Brian’s going to feel a little more confident.”

It wasn’t long before the Badgers found their next goal.

Just over a minute after taking the lead, Jacob Brindle got in on the action, as he tucked the ball between the Panthers net minder and the right post to give his team an early 2-0 advantage.

After a goal from Eastern Illinois (1-12-2) and a quick response by the Badgers’ Nick Jones, UW entered the half with a 3-1 lead.

It was the “Brindle Show” early in the second stanza, as he recorded his second and third goals of the match, marking the first hat trick by a Badger since 2010.

“It’s a great feeling [scoring a hat trick],” Brindle said. “I can’t say it was one of my goals coming into collegiate soccer, but I give all the credit to my teammates. I just got open in the box and they we’re able to find me.”

“Brindle is a great role player for us,” Paul Yonga said. “Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, he gives us a different dynamic out there. He’s good in the air and he gives us some size and strength up front.”

Brindle’s offensive barrage gives him the team lead in goals with eight, passing Nick Janus’ seven.

As the fog rolled in late in the second half, and with the match well in hand, the UW coaching staff made numerous substitutions, giving the Panthers a different look on the field.

“The way we played, I thought, was identical between the two groups of players we had on the field tonight,” Trask said. “Year to year, the same mantra or philosophy is engrained in our players and that’s a positive thing for our program. From a coaching staff, that’s the thing we’re most proud of.”

In total, 24 different Badgers saw the field in the win.

In its last five matches, UW has not allowed more than two goals thanks to lockdown defensive play and solid goalkeeping, no matter who’s been between the posts.

“We’ve always been really confident in both goalkeepers,” Trask said. “Max [Jentsch] has been outstanding, been supportive and when his number was called, he rose to the occasion. He’s been rock solid back there.”

“We pride ourselves on good defense,” Yonga said. “We know that if we come out and play good defense that our offense will eventually come throughout the game."

Wisconsin returns to the pitch on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT at Northwestern, as it looks to continue its climb in the Big Ten Conference standings. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

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