It took the Wisconsin mens soccer team just 34 seconds to find the goal Friday, but after an apparent score was waved off, the Badgers spent the next 89 minutes unsuccessfully trying to find their way back.
An offside call negated UWs opening goal, but the Badgers did their part on the defensive end by holding Illinois-Chicago scoreless to secure a 0-0 tie with the Flames in front of a crowd of around 250 spectators at the McClimon Complex.
It was the second shutout in as many tries for the Badgers in their spring season, as UW opened the exhibition slate with a 1-0 win over Loyola (Ill.) last Saturday.
It was a good overall performance, first-year head coach Todd Yeagley said. We had a good approach and I liked the way we worked as a unit.
We defended well and created a lot of chances out of that defense.
The Badgers certainly had their chances, out-shooting the Flames by a 17-4 margin and launching seven shots on goal. That included an 11-3 advantage in shots in the second half, as UW dominated possession for most of the match thanks to strong defensive pressure.
Our chances came from a variety of attacks, which is what we want, Yeagley said. We had some good runs from our outside backs, some strong attacks up the middle and some second-chance opportunities.
Sophomore-to-be Austin Spohn led the way for UW with four shots -- including two on goal -- while rising seniors Brandon Miller and Pablo Delgado each put a pair of shots on frame, as well. Scott Lorenz, Colin Monasterio and Jon Rzepka, who missed all of the 2008 season due to injury, also tallied shots for the Badgers out of the midfield.
In all, 16 players saw action for the Badgers, including a split of time at goalkeeper for Alex Horwath and Ryan Vint.
We just need to work on keeping our composure when we have those chances so we can find a way to get some in the back of the net, Yeagley said. In terms of the things we have worked on this spring, like our shape, our communication and our pressure, I thought we performed very well.
The Badgers host their final home game of the spring season on Wednesday, April 15, as in-state rival UW-Milwaukee comes to the McClimon Complex for a 7 p.m. match. Admission is free.