Wisconsin sophomore Nick Van Sicklen scored three points to help lead the Badgers to a 2-1 exhibition win over the Northern Illinois Huskies Saturday.
I thought we played fairly well and I thought there were some very good moments where we played good soccer, First-year head coach Jeff Rohrman said after the game. At times, it got a little bit hectic and were certainly going to have some things to learn from and work on.
While the first period remained scoreless, Wisconsins attack pressured NIU goalkeeper Rasih Pala with 12 shots on goal and controlled the pace of the match. The Huskies broke through the Badger defense in the second period setting up NIU forward Bernard Hagevik with the teams lone goal of the game. Wisconsins offense answered back just five minutes later as Van Sicklen swept the ball across the field to Noah Goerlitz for the equalizer and 1-1 game at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Wisconsin came back in the exhibitions third period and Van Sicklen, a former Madison West High School standout, took a pass off team co-captain Valentine Anozie for the game-winner in the closing minutes of the match. Badger goalkeepers Eric Hanson and Michael Jelenic split time in the net pulling in two saves a piece, while the Badger defense effectively shutdown much of the Huskie attack.
The Badgers continue their exhibition season Monday, Aug. 26 on the road against the A-League Milwaukee Rampage. Former Badgers Aaron Lauber and Tim Caprez currently play for the Rampage, while Wisconsin assistant coach Jon Szczepanski spent five years with the Rampage and still holds the teams career all-time assists record. The game begins at noon.