The Wisconsin mens soccer team capped the spring exhibition season with a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Wave United, the newly formed outdoor A-League team, Saturday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
A strong rally by the Badger offense broke a 1-1 tie at the 74-minute mark to take and maintain the lead through the end of regulation.
Wisconsin sophomores David Martinez and Jed Hohlbein each scored a goal a piece, while goalkeeper and team captain Eric Hanson posted six saves in the UW exhibition win. Additionally, former Badgers Valentine Anozie and Brian Feyrer both earned significant playing time in the Wave United lineup.
Hanson helped the Badgers earn a first-half shutout before Martinez opened up scoring at the 55-minute mark. UWs Erol Goknur created the scoring opportunity with a well-placed cross and Nick Van Sicklen one-touched the ball to Martinez for the goal.
The Badgers 1-0 lead lasted just eight minutes before the Wave United earned the equalizer in the 68th minute of regulation to frustrate the UW defense.
Wisconsins front line quickly rebounded however and Hohlbein, a transfer from Southwest Missouri State, scored the gamewinner courtesy of a strong ball played up the midfield by teammate Noah Goerlitz. The goal marks Hohlbeins fourth of the spring season after the Middleton, Wis., native scored a hat trick during Wisconsins 5-1 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Bavarian S.C. April 12.
Wisconsin now looks ahead to the fall 2003 schedule which opens Friday, August 29, at the annual Rocky Rococo Wisconsin Soccer Classic at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Following a 5 p.m. match between Northern Illinois and UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin will play New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. The Lobos won a school-record 18 games in 2002 and the team made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament last fall.
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