Keep on Dancin': Badgers outlast Milwaukee to advance


Milwaukee 19 Wisconsin 1, Milwaukee 0
2013 NCAA Tournament - First Round
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 1,473

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 Milwaukee
0 0 0
 Wisconsin 1 0 1
 Scoring
WIS 12:46 Chris Prince (Toni Ramadani, Nick Janus)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
MIL Anderson (15-3-2) 90:00 1 2
WIS Jentsch (5-1-1) 90:00 0 3
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 Shots 14 6
 Shots on Goal 3 4
 Saves 3 2
 Offsides 1 2
 Corner Kicks 8 2
 Yellow Cards 2 2
 Red Cards 0 0
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Nov. 21, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- And the streak lives on.

After ending an 18-year drought by earning its first NCAA tournament berth since 1995, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer squad held true on a promise the team made to its coaching staff: to not let the bid be the accomplishment.

The Badgers extended the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak to 14-straight matches, while continuing a six-game NCAA tournament shutout streak, defeating the Milwaukee Panthers, 1-0, at the McClimon Complex on Thursday.

“We talked about it going into this game—Milwaukee was the last team that beat us at home a year ago October,” said UW head coach John Trask. “It was pretty chippy. I thought my guys handled it extremely well.

"The officials were letting a lot go both ways. That’s tournament soccer and that’s definitely rivalry soccer.”

 Fast Facts
• UW extends NCAA tournament win streak to 6 games
• Nation's longest home unbeaten streak continues
• Badgers earn eighth shutout of the season

The Badgers struck early, as Chris Prince secured the win on the eventual game-winning goal just 13 minutes into the match.

From the far left side of the field, Toni Ramadani flicked a pass to Nick Janus who collected it just to the left of the 18-yard box. Janus then connected with Prince who gathered the ball and blasted a shot past Milwaukee keeper Liam Anderson from the top of the six-yard box.

After giving up the match’s first goal for just the third time this season, Milwaukee was never able to earn the equalizer but remained competitive throughout the 90-minute affair.

“It was a good thing we got a goal in the first half,” explained AJ Cochran. “You could tell in the second half, once one of us had the touch on the ball there were two or three Milwaukee players swarming that guy immediately.

“We just had to hang on and battle.”

Wisconsin (14-4-2) was forced to fend off a desperate Milwaukee attack late in the second half, but remained strong, anchored by Cochran, the 2013 Big Ten Defender of the Year, and senior Max Jentsch, who earned his fourth shutout of the season in just his seventh start this year.

With mere minutes remaining, the Panthers (15-3-2) were called offside on an aggressive attack that saw a Milwaukee header ring off the cross bar just prior to the call.

“That stopped my heart a little bit, not going to lie,” Jentsch said. “We just held strong and played good defense and kept the shutout.

“We knew they were going to come at us in the second half.”

Trask, who has now won at least a game in every NCAA tournament appearance he has made as a head coach, also recognized his team’s defense against an explosive Milwaukee squad that won the Horizon League Tournament title this past weekend.

“Max has been really good recently,” said Trask. “He’s been rock solid. And the defense has really come together over the last third of the season.

“AJ Cochran was fantastic. He was every bit an All-American tonight.”

With the victory, UW will travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on third-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.

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