Badgers earn 12th win of season at No. 25 Northwestern


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Wisconsin 23 Wisconsin 1, 25 Northwestern 0
Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill. • Attendance: 912

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0 1 1
 Northwestern 0 0 0
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WIS 55:38 Nick Janus (Chris Prince)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Jentsch (3-0-1) 90:00 0 3
WIS Allen (1-2-1) 90:00 1 3
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 Shots 19 14
 Shots on Goal 4 3
 Saves 3 3
 Offsides 2 0
 Corner Kicks 1 3
 Yellow Cards 0 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 3, 2013

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Perched on the windy shores of Lake Michigan, the No. 23 Wisconsin men's soccer team marched onto the turf at Lakeside Field after going unbeaten in seven of its last eight matches and took down yet another top-25 opponent, outlasting 25th-ranked Northwestern, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon.

"Northwestern is the two-time defending regular season champs and they've got a good record again this year, so for us to win at their place gives us great confidence moving forward," UW head coach John Trask said. "At some point down the line we're going to be playing another good team on the road in a hostile environment and we'll need to battle like we did today."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers win first Big Ten road match of season
• UW wins 12 matches in season for first time since 1995
• Wisconsin knocks off third top-25 opponent of season

An exciting start to the final 45 minutes of action was capped in the 55th minute when Illinois natives, Chris Prince and Nick Janus, combined for the dagger.

After a great touch by Prince inside the box, Janus took a quick dribble and finished strong with his left foot, sneaking the ball between Northwestern goalkeeper Zak Allen and the near post.

Despite a gusting wind in their faces, the Badgers (12-3-2, 3-2-0) didn't slow down, allowing just four shots, three of which were blocked, in the final 35 minutes.

"Congrats to the guys," Trask said. "We found a way to get that goal. We held on. Congratulations to Nick Janus, big goal by him."

Starting in his fourth straight game, UW goalkeeper Max Jentsch proved himself yet again, especially early in the second half, as he tipped a set-pieced shot out of the net mouth while back peddling.

Jentsch earned his second shut out of the season against a stout Big Ten opponent, with the other coming against then-No. 17 ranked Michigan State one week ago. The Badgers' goalkeeper made three saves against Northwestern (9-5-3, 1-3-1), putting his season total at nine.

A predominantly uneventful first half was trumped in just the first eight minutes of the second period, as three dangerous set pieces were taken--two for the Badgers and one for Northwestern--leading to multiple ringers off the cross bar, near goals for both teams.

Wisconsin's back line shut down Joey Calistri, the Big Ten-leading goal scorer, throughout the afternoon, allowing him to take just one shot on goal.

"I compliment the whole back four," Trask explained. "Paul [Yonga] and David [Caban] did an exceptional job on Calistri.

"AJ [Cochran] did a great job giving cover and doing what he does, winning loose balls that were bouncing around at times. Carl Schneider did a nice job nullifying some of their wide players."

Wisconsin pressured Northwestern with 19 shots on the day--the most attempts for the team since Oct. 15 against Western Illinois.

UW's 12th win marks the highest single-season win total since Trask took over the program in 2013. The last time the Badgers earned 12 wins in a season was in 1995 when the team won the national title.

"It's great to get to 12 wins," Trask said. "It's never easy to win on the road, especially against good teams like Northwestern. We've got a chance to get one more at home in front of our fans."

UW returns to Madison for its regular-season finale on Fri., Nov. 8 against Ohio State. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. CT with a ceremony to honor the 13 UW seniors set to begin just prior to kickoff.

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