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Lucky 13: Seniors guide Badgers to shutout in regular-season finale

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Ohio State 16 Wisconsin 2, Ohio State 0
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 907

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1st 2nd Final
 Ohio State
0 0 0
 Wisconsin 1 1 2
WIS 22:33 Tomislav Zadro (Drew Conner)
WIS 71:37 Nick Janus
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
OSU Ivanov (5-6-4) 90:00 2 6
WIS Jentsch (3-0-1) 90:00 0 1
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 Shots 7 14
 Shots on Goal 1 8
 Saves 6 1
 Offsides 2 1
 Corner Kicks 4 5
 Yellow Cards 4 3
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 8, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- On a night dedicated to the 13 graduating seniors on the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, the Badgers didn’t need much help from the underclassmen in the goals category, as seniors Tomislav Zadro and Nick Janus netted the match’s lone goals in UW’s 2-0 victory over Ohio State on Friday at the McClimon Complex.

The victory marks Wisconsin’s 13th win of the season, the most since winning the national title in 1995. The Badgers (13-3-2, 4-2-0) also extended the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak to 13 matches.

“Unbelievable to finish undefeated, untied at home,” UW head coach John Trask said. “Compliments to the seniors, the captains and the rest of the squad because that’s never an easy thing to do.”

 Fast Facts
• UW snapped OSU's streak of 448 mins w/o allowing a goal
• Badgers allowed just one shot on goal
• Janus recorded ninth goal of the season

The Badgers knew they would have to overcome a hard-nosed performance from the Buckeyes.

“It’s what we expect when we play Ohio State,” Chris Prince said. “It’s always back and forth with who hits who and who gets the momentum.”

“They’re known for being a big, strong, physical team,” Blake Succa said. “We knew all we had to do was go out there and match that and at the end of the day our soccer would probably play out.”

And play out it did.

UW was able to snap Ohio State’s 448-minute streak of not allowing a goal in the 22nd minute when Drew Conner sent a cross into the box to a streaking Tomislav Zadro. The forward leaped into the ball, heading it passed Buckeyes goalkeeper, Alex Ivanov.

The Badgers posted yet another strong defensive performance, preventing Ohio State (5-7-5, 1-3-2) from putting more than one shot on goal all night.

Max Jentsch earned his third shut out of the season—all coming against Big Ten opponents—and improved his goals against average to 0.58.

While Wisconsin maintained control for most of the 90 minutes of action, Nick Janus closed the door on any chance the Buckeyes had at tying the score in the 71st minute. After being denied on his initial shot, Janus followed the rebound, burying his team-leading ninth goal of the season to extend UW's lead to two goals.

The Badgers were home free from there.

Prior to Friday night’s match, Ohio State’s net minder held a 0.76 goals against average, allowing just 13 goals in 16 starts this season.

“We all came in so confident we were going to win the game and I think that confidence helped us out a lot,” Prince said.

UW celebrated Senior Night following the match, as the 13 upperclassmen were honored on the field on a night that coincidentally marked the Badgers 13th-consecutive unbeaten home match.

“[The seniors] left a great legacy for the younger guys because we haven’t lost for a long time at home,” Trask said.

“This is the best team, best group of guys I’ve been around,” Prince said. “We’ve been here for four years. We’ve been through so much together—good times, bad times, all the hard work.

“I think now we realize, especially tonight, how short of time we have left. It’s just so much fun playing with these guys.”

Wisconsin now awaits Big Ten tournament seeding before travelling to Columbus, Ohio, for the five-day event. Quarterfinal match-ups are slated to begin on Wed., Nov. 13.

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