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UW falls in Big Ten semifinal, 1-0



Nov. 12, 2010

Michigan 1, Wisconsin 0
2010 Big Ten Tournament - Semifinal
Jeffrey Field • University Park, Pa.
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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin (4-13-3) 0 0 0
 Michigan (13-4-3) 0 1 1
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MICH 78' Soony Saad (Hamoody Saad)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Max Jentsch 90:00 1 5
MICH Chris Blais 90:00 0 0
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 Shots 6 19
 Shots on Goal 0 6
 Saves 5 0
 Offsides 1 0
 Corner Kicks 7 4
 Yellow Cards 1 1
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The University of Wisconsin men's soccer team's postseason run ended as No. 3 seed Michigan topped the seventh-seeded Badgers, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Tournament at Penn State's Jeffrey Field Friday afternoon.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Soony Saad teamed up with older brother Hamoody Saad on a give-and-go to net the game-winner for Michigan in the 78th minute. The Wolverines outshot the Badgers, 19-6, including a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal.

"The guys played their hearts out," head coach John Trask said. "They really did. I'm proud of the way they battled and the effort they put out there.

"Today it came down to the two [Saad] brothers. I said at halftime that we we wanted to try to contain them. If someone was going to beat us, we wanted to try to make [Michigan] turn to someone else but the two brothers were still good enough."

Wisconsin (4-13-3) held the Wolverines to just one goal after Michigan (13-4-3) entered the game averaging 3.5 goals per game over its last four outings. UW kept Michigan scoreless for the opening 77 minutes of the game, extending freshman Max Jentsch's (Hartland, Wis.) shutout streak to 435:34 before the Saad brothers solved the UW defense to tally the game-winner.

The Wolverines gained possession in the final third of the field, and Soony Saad found Hamoody Saad just inside the 18-yard box. Hamoody Saad flicked a quick one-two pass back to Soony Saad, who cut around the UW defense and beat Jentsch far post to net his nation-leading 17th goal of the season.

Wisconsin was not without its chances to tally the equalizer as the Badgers had four corner kicks in the game's final 10 minutes.

Freshman Joey Tennyson (Milwaukee, Wis.) found fellow rookie Luke Goodnetter (Elm Grove, Wis.) on a corner kick, but Goodnetter's header went high with 9:44 remaining. Tennyson sent in another corner in the 83rd minute, but Michigan headed it away.

Tennyson then battled in the corner and drew a foul with 5:03 to play. He joined fellow freshman Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.) on the ball, and Prince's free kick found the head of senior Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.). UW could not capitalize though, as the header by Nichols went wide.

Nichols and the Badgers made one final push in the final 90 seconds as the senior worked the ball up the right side of the field. Wisconsin pressured but could not find the game-tying goal. UW was called for a hand ball with just seconds to play, and time expired as Michigan sent the resulting free kick up the field.

The Badgers finished Trask's first season by going 3-2-1 with four shutouts in their final six games of the season, only allowing two goals over that span. On the season, only one of Wisconsin's losses came by more than one goal; the Big Ten semifinal loss to Michigan marked UW's 12th one-goal loss of the year.

Wisconsin used a 5-4 win in a penalty kick shootout to knock off Big Ten defending champion and No. 2 seed Ohio State in Thursday's opening round. The Badgers' semifinal appearance marked the team's best postseason finish since 2003 when UW also made it to the final four of the Big Ten tournament.

Michigan will face the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 1 seed Indiana and No. 4 seed Penn State. The Big Ten tournament championship game is slated for 11 a.m. (CT) Sunday.

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