Head coach Jeff Rohrman got his first chance to test the Wisconsin mens soccer team against outside competition this week as the Badgers went 2-0-1 in a three-game spring break trip to North Carolina.
Wisconsin defeated North Carolina State, 2-0, on Sunday, tied the Wilmington Hammerheads, 1-1, on Monday and got a 3-0 shutout against UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday. Freshmen David Martinez and Nick Van Sicklen tallied two goals apiece on the trip.
Overall this has been a very good trip, said Rohrman. The guys have gotten to know me a little bit and I think they have gained some confidence in what we are looking to do next season.
In Sundays 2-0 victory over NC State, which featured three 30-minute periods, senior Valentine Anozie notched the game-winning goal off a rebound while Van Sicklen added some insurance, curling a shot to the far post in a 2-on-1 situation.
We played a very complete game against NC State on Sunday, Rohrman said. The team played well, the guys were focused and it was a good confidence boost to shut out an ACC school.
Martinez tallied the UWs lone goal against the Hammerheads, a Division 3 professional league team, in a regulation game of two 45-minute halves. Martinez redirected a shot by Van Sicklen for the score.
Playing less than 24 hours after our first game, we were a bit tired against the Hammerheads, Rohrman remarked. I thought we were the better team, but just lacked some energy. Tuesday, they responded very well versus Wilmington.
Playing just two 30-minute halves against the Seahawks on Tuesday, the Badgers got goals from Van Sicklen, Martinez and sophomore Watson Vaughan Prather. Prather scored with a header off a free kick by Erol Goknur while Van Sicklen netted a 25-yard shot to the far corner and Martinez put a late penalty kick past the Wilmington goaltender.
The Badgers will continue their spring schedule with a home contest against the Milwaukee Rampage on Friday, April 12. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.