Nov. 12, 2009
Box Score | Box Score | Tournament Central
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The stakes were higher the second time around for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team but, in the end, the result was the same.
Fourth-seeded Indiana used a pair of second-half goals to down the No. 5 seed Badgers in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Armstrong Stadium, bringing Wisconsin’s season to an end in the process.
| #4 Indiana 2, #5 Wisconsin 0
| Wisconsin (7-9-2, 3-3-0 Big Ten)
| Indiana (10-8-1, 3-3-0 Big Ten)
| Scoring Summary
| IND: Will Bruin (Eric Alexander) 46'
| IND: Darren Yeagle (unassisted) 68'
The 2-0 victory is the Hoosiers’ second win over UW this season, as they also pulled out a 1-0 triumph in both teams’ Big Ten opener on Sept. 25 in Madison.
Just like in that first meeting, it was IU’s Will Bruin that brought the Badgers (7-9-2) down.
The sophomore forward scored just 20 seconds into the second half to break open what had been a scoreless deadlock and send the Hoosiers (10-8-1) to the tournament semifinals and a matchup against top-seeded Ohio State.
Bruin struck again in the 68th minute, when he delivered a ball that Darren Yeagle eventually converted into the Hoosiers’ second score after punching home a rebound of his own initial shot.
“We tried to neutralize Will as much as possible, but if you put too much emphasis on him, you have a slew of very talented players to contend with,” said UW head coach Todd Yeagley, whose team was in search of its first Big Ten tournament win since 2003. “We knew we had to be at our best and get a few breaks, and I thought we did that in the first half.
“The first goal really took the wind out of our sails, but I was proud that the team fought back, and then the second goal was really the dagger.”
The Hoosiers did anything but roll out the red carpet for the Badgers in Yeagley’s return to Bloomington, where he was a four-time All-American and served six seasons as an assistant coach at IU.
Indiana owned a 22-7 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 differential in the second half.
“Indiana is a final four-caliber team, talent-wise, and when you go against that much talent, you have to play your best game and get some breaks,” Yeagley said. “We did that in pieces today, but just not consistently enough.”
Wisconsin goalkeeper Alex Horwath was kept busy as the Hoosiers launched nine shots-on-goal, with the senior stopping seven of those shots.
Indiana dominated possession for most of the match, but the Badgers enjoyed a sustained offensive surge midway through the second half. Unfortunately, they were unable to find many chances despite keeping the ball in IU territory.
“We had a surge, and then the other goal came, and it’s really tough when you’re down two goals,” Yeagley said. “Even when you get a surge like we did, (the Hoosiers) have players that can break out and make something out of nothing.”
The Badgers’ best chances actually came in the first half, despite being out-shot 8-3 in the period and being subjected to six IU corner kicks.
The first opportunity came in the 20th minute on a nice crossing pass from Brandon Miller that Scott Lorenz converted into a blast from 10 yards out, a look that was blocked by an IU defender
Their best chance then came in the final minute of play of the opening session, with Pablo Delgado collecting a deflection on the near side and delivering a ball across the mouth of the goal. Unfortunately, forward Mark Roos was not in position to put a foot on it and the teams went to halftime scoreless.
“That would have been great,” Yeagley said. “Our final runs in the box and that type of service were exactly what we had talked about with the team.
“The timing just wasn’t there, but if we had scored going into the half, it may have been a whole different game.”
Lorenz, one of nine UW seniors who took part in the final game of their careers, led the way offensively for the Badgers with three shots – including UW’s only shot-on-goal. Junior forward Bryan Gerster also had a pair of shots for Wisconsin.
On the other side, Bruin finished with a game-high seven shots, while Yeagle and Eric Alexander had four each.
“For these seniors and upperclassmen to give us so much of what they had, I was very proud of them and felt very fortunate to be able to work with them,” Yeagley said. “They gave us every bit they could but, unfortunately, we came up a little bit short.”