Tennyson's overtime tally lifts Badgers past UIC, 1-0


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Nov. 3, 2010

Wisconsin 1, UIC 0 (OT)
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis.
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1st 2nd OT Final
 UIC (7-10-0) 0 0 0 0
 Wisconsin (3-12-2) 0 0 1 1
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WIS 96' Joey Tennyson (Paul Yonga, Colin Mani)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
UIC Steve Purdy 95:51 1 4
WIS Max Jentsch 95:51 0 4
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 Shots 10 14
 Shots on Goal 5 5
 Saves 4 5
 Offsides 1 0
 Corner Kicks 8 8
 Yellow Cards 1 1
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MADISON, Wis. – Freshman Joey Tennyson (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored the game-winning goal in the 96th minute as the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team defeated UIC, 1-0, at the McClimon Complex Wednesday night.

After the teams battled to a scoreless draw at the end of regulation, the Badgers capitalized six minutes into overtime. Junior Colin Mani (Madison, Wis.) freed the ball from traffic out front, finding freshman Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) on the left side of the field. Yonga then played a ball across to Tennyson, who ran on for a one-timer inside the 18-yard box. 

“It was a good finish by Joey Tennyson, just a good play overall,” head coach John Trask said. “I thought it was a good competitive game tonight. I’m glad we finally found it within ourselves to score one in overtime. That was great for the guys’ confidence. They picked it up and covered for each other.”

UIC (7-10-0, 3-4-0 Horizon League) nearly put the game away in the 94th minute. Eric Frazier beat the UW defense and pulled goalkeeper Max Jentsch off his line. Frazier’s shot made it past Jentsch, but the Badger defense recovered and sophomore Kyle McCrudden (Wilmette, Ill.) cleared the ball with a team save before it snuck into the net.

At the end of regulation, UW held the advantage in shots, 13-8. The Badgers outshot the Flames 14-10 on the game, but shots on goal were even at 5-5.

With the win, Wisconsin (3-12-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten) improved to 2-1-0 in its last three games. The Badgers have outscored their opponents 3-1 in their last three outings.

Eight of the Badgers’ games have now gone to overtime this season, setting a new program record for overtime games in single season. The previous record of seven overtime games occurred in 1997, 1996 and 1982.

“Getting the win in overtime tonight is huge,” Trask said. “We keep moving, inching this thing forward. We wish we could gain a foot or a yard really quickly, but this is going to help our confidence going into Penn State and then the Big Ten Tournament. Penn State is a whole different test than this was tonight, but congrats to the guys for getting the shutout win tonight.”

Freshman Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.) earned his second career shutout, making four saves. UIC goalkeeper Steve Purdy finished with four saves as well.

“Max is doing well,” Trask said. “He’s just like all the other freshmen. He’s playing a lot of minutes very well. I thought he commanded his box pretty well, on set pieces and things like that. We’ve been working with him really hard on that. He made a couple good saves as well. Good decisions by Max tonight.”

The Badgers wrap up the regular season against Penn State (11-5-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Saturday. Wisconsin will honor its four seniors, Bryan Gerster (Dacula, Ga.), Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.), Jon Rzepka (Kentwood, Mich.) and Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.), prior to the match.

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