Wisconsin goalkeeper and team captain Eric Hanson collected two strong saves for the Badgers, but the Wisconsin mens soccer team ended spring break with a 1-0 loss to American University Wednesday morning.
It was tough to come back and play 36 hours after a very emotional game against a final four team in Maryland (on Monday night), Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. It was a challenging morning to put together the effort we needed, but in light of this, we did compete and battle today.
Andrew Herman scored AUs lone goal at 65:21 to take the lead and win for the Eagles, a team that made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament in 2002. Offensively for UW, junior Watson Vaughan-Prather recorded the Badgers only shot-on-goal, while teammates David Martinez and Jed Hohlbein both posted shots.
The match ends a three-game road trip for the Badgers with stops in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. With just 12 players on the trip, Wisconsin earned its endurance honors. Additionally, the Badgers played Maryland without a bench after junior Erol Goknur left the game with a nose injury.
I think in terms of playing this level of competition, it was a great experience and a great benefit for us, Rohrman said, looking back on the week. We learned some things about our team and yes, it can be frustrating when were not scoring goals and winning games, but now we can apply what weve learned to next fall.
We did compete in every single game. We came out and were confident and had some chances in each game. This is what it takes to get where we want to go.
The Badgers also toured the Pentagon and met Wisconsin state senator Herb Kohl. After a tour of the Capital building, the Wisconsin coaches and players met with Kohl for 30 minutes for discussion and pictures.
Wisconsin will return home to face a more seasoned brand of competition when they play the Milwaukee Bavarian mens soccer amateur team at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Back-to-back National Amateur Cup Champions, the Bavarian major team, including former Badger forward Dominic DaPra, successfully defended their national title in 2002 by defeating the Baltimore Colts 3-1.
The Badgers will wrap their demanding exhibition season April 26 against newly-formed outdoor A-League professional team the Milwaukee Wave United. Under head coach Art Kramer, the assistant coach of Milwaukees professional indoor team the Milwaukee Wave, the game against the Badgers will be one of the pro teams first contests before the A-League schedule starts in May.