In a hard-fought defensive battle, the Wisconsin mens soccer team downed the Chicago Sockers under-18 club team 1-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Thursday night. Junior Nick Van Sicklen netted the game-winner for the Badgers.
I thought we played pretty well. Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. We created some good chances, so overall I was pretty pleased. It was nice for us to be able to put together a complete game.
The Badgers created several potentially dangerous opportunities in the opening half, but could not penetrate a strong Socker defense.
I thought in the first half we did quite well, Rohrman said. We created two or three very good chances, but we were just unfortunate not to come away with a goal.
Wisconsin capitalized on an opportunity midway through the second half when freshman William Bagayoko took a steal near midfield and passed to Van Sicklen, cutting toward the Chicago goal. Van Sicklen out-ran two defenders before slipping the ball past the Sockers goalie in a one-on-one challenge.
After you dominate a game in the first half and its still 0-0, the challenge in the second half is to be sure that you dont let your guard down and you continue to press for goals. Rohrman said. I thought we did a pretty good job, and were glad that we were able to find a way to find the back of the net.
The Badgers wrap up their spring season Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex with a match against Wisconsin soccer alumni. Fans are encouraged to attend this free event.