UW Drops Oakland in Exhibition Opener


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Freshman Pablo Delgados right-foot blast in the second period proved to be the difference as the Wisconsin mens soccer team defeated Oakland (Mich.) 1-0 in an exhibition match Saturday afternoon at McClimon Soccer Complex.

The format for the exhibition match was three 40-minute periods with a running clock. The game served as the 2006 debut for both teams.

Delgado (Madrid, Spain) gave the Badgers the lead when he took a great pass from junior Dirk Pearson (South Barrington, Ill.) out of the left corner and beat Oakland goalkeeper Josh Slaughter with a high drive from the top of the box at the 67:07 mark.

UW continued to threaten after the goal, hitting the bar twice in the third period. Wisconsin out-shot Oakland 14-5 on the afternoon, including 8-2 in the second period.

The Badgers looked most impressive in the middle stanza, as second-period substitutes Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.) and Delgado increased the games pace.

Stefan St. Louis and Jim Denk led the Oakland attack with two shots apiece. Slaughter stopped two of the three shots on goal that he faced in 80 minutes of action.

Wisconsin goalkeepers Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Mike Hood (La Crosse, Wis.) and Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.) combined to earn the clean sheet.

Check out video highlights and a coach interview from the game here.

The Badgers will play in their final preseason match Friday, Aug. 18 against UW-Parkside at McClimon Soccer Complex. Admission to the game, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m., is free.

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