A big night for the bench powered the Wisconsin mens soccer team to its third shutout in as many games this spring, as the Badgers breezed to a 5-0 win over UW-Milwaukee Wednesday at the McClimon Complex.
Sophomore-to-be Austin Spohn scored twice and rising sophomore Mark Roos added another tally off the bench to lead the way for the Badgers, who shook off a slow start and found the back of the net four times in the second half.
Our intensity and our focus just werent there early in the match, head coach Todd Yeagley said. It was good to experience that, however, to see how we could fight through it, and we responded well.
It was a productive match for the Badgers, who saw 22 different players see action and had reserves account for three goals and a pair of assists.
We wanted to get the whole team involved tonight, Yeagley said. I really thought the whole group played well, and each group that substituted in seemed to raise the game a little bit.
Roos score, which came in the 37th minute off an assist from senior-to-be Brandon Miller, snapped a scoreless streak for UW that stretched back to last Fridays scoreless draw with Illinois-Chicago.
On the other side of that equation, UW also kept the Panthers out of the goal to keep its shutout streak intact. The Badgers began the spring with a 1-0 win over Loyola (Ill.) before earning their tie with UIC last week.
While most of the first half was played in the midfield, the Badgers staked their claim to the final period. UW scored four times over a period of 18 minutes, a run that began when Spohn scored his first goal on a header in the 66th minute off a free kick that was served in beautifully by senior-to-be Pablo Delgado.
Spohn found the goal again 11 minutes later on a long volley from the top of the box, taking a short pass from Austin Nyquist to set up the chance. Between Spohns scores, senior-to-be Scott Lorenz added a tally for UW in the 74th by punching in the rebound of a shot by Nyquist that was saved by UW-Milwaukee keeper Ryan Germann.
Rising junior Cale Cooper capped the Badgers offensive outburst in the 84th minute when Nyquist delivered a pass after receiving a corner kick and Cooper delivered a quick shot that rolled past Germann.
In all, the Badgers owned a 19-7 advantage in shots, including an 11-4 edge in the second half.
Reserve goalkeepers Ryan Vint and Jamal Habibi split time in goal, and each recorded a save.
The Badgers continue their spring season by traveling to Macomb, Ill., on Sunday to take on Western Illinois in a 2 p.m. match. The Leathernecks defeated UW, 1-0, in a match last season in Madison.