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Michigan ends Wisconsin's season in Big Ten Tournament

Michigan 1, Wisconsin 0
Lakeside Field • Evanston, Ill.
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MICH 67:57 James Murphy (T.J. Roehn, Fabio Pereira)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Rau (4-7-5) 90:00 1 4
MICH Grinwis (9-8-1) 90:00 0 2
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 Shots 8 15
 Shots on Goal 2 5
 Saves 5 2
 Offsides 3 5
 Corner Kicks 3 4
 Yellow Cards 2 0
 Red Cards 0 0
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- After eliminating Michigan from the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on their home field a year ago, the Wolverines switched the result this year.  The Wisconsin men's soccer team lost, 1-0, to Michigan in the opening round of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.

The Badgers (6-8-5) entered the game with a defensive strategy for the fast-paced Wolverines (9-8-1).  Wisconsin's defense was up to the challenge, as Michigan was limited to just three shots in the first half, with only one landing on net.

However, the Wolverines came back from halftime looking like a different team.
Michigan attempted a total of 12 shots in the 45-minute span, with four on goal. The Wolverine attack finally broke through the Badger defense in the 68th minute behind a James Murphy goal from 10 yards out.

The goal ended Wisconsin's shutout streak at 363:01 minutes.

Freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau fought hard for all 90 minutes, keeping the Badgers in the game. Rau would end the night with a total of four saves, including one off a penalty kick that Michigan earned when the game was still scoreless.

While the Michigan offense was rolling in the second half, Wisconsin was not without its own chances. Late in the first half, Michigan keeper Adam Grinwis came out to the edge of his box to challenge a ball in the air. Wisconsin got it loose out to the top corner of the box, and Nick Janus lofted one on net, attempting to get it over the recovering Grinwis. Unfortunately, Grinwis made a diving save to recover from his errant play.

In the second half, Janus had another attempt from just outside the box, but his shot skimmed off the top of the cross bar and out for a Michigan goal kick.

Wisconsin had a couple attacks in the last few minutes of the second half in an attempt to tie the game. The best look came from Chris Prince, who received a pass on top of the box. Prince took his shot, but it curled just wide and high of the left corner.

Tonight's loss is the first for the Badgers in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals since 2009.

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