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Conklin's goal helps Badgers ramble past Loyola


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A penalty-kick goal from Eric Conklin powered the Wisconsin mens soccer team to a 1-0 win over Loyola (Ill.) in the opener of its spring exhibition season Saturday.

The match, held at the Sportscore Complex in Rockford, Ill., provided an early test for the Badgers against a Ramblers team coming off a Horizon League title and NCAA tournament appearance last season.

Conklin, a second-team All-Big Ten selection last season, earned his penalty kick attempt off a nice offensive sequence near the 40th minute and converted the try to put the Badgers on top for good.

I thought it was a good performance for the first game out of the gate, head coach Todd Yeagley said. The guys really did a nice job, and we were able to get a lot of players into the game.

Were pleased with the performance and the result.

The Badgers have another five exhibition games on their spring slate, including the pair of contests theyll host at Camp Randall Stadium over the next 10 days. UW hosts Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. next Friday (April 10) and then welcomes in-state rival UW-Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. on April 15. Admission to both contests is free.

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