Led by two goals from freshman Eric Conklin and one goal and two assists from fellow freshman Pablo Delgado, the University of Wisconsin mens soccer team posted a 5-0 win over UW-Parkside in an exhibition game Friday night at McClimon Soccer Complex.
Sophomore Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) and junior B.J. Goodman (Lake Orion, Mich.) each scored in the first half before the pair of freshmen helped UW to a three-goal outburst in the second half.
Diaz opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he headed a crossing pass from Goodman into the left side of the net. Zach Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.), who started the play by getting the ball to Goodman in the right corner, also earned an assist.
Goodman gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead in the 44th minute when he took a long pass from Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), cut around one defender inside the box and beat the keeper.
Less than seven minutes into the second half, Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) opened the lead to three goals when he headed home a lofted cross from Delgado (Madrid, Spain) on the left.
The two hooked up again in the 79th minute, this time with Delgados cross coming from the right side. Conklin volleyed the ball off the right post and in for his second goal of the night and a 4-0 Wisconsin lead.
Delgado then capped off the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 88th minute. Seeing the goalkeeper off of his line, Delgado fired a shot from 45 yards over the keepers head and under the cross bar for his second goal in as many preseason contests.
Badger goalkeepers Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Mike Hood (La Crosse, Wis.) combined to post the shutout with Hood recording all three UW saves.
On the other end, Victor Perez and Jamie Lieberman stopped six shots for the Rangers.
The Badgers finished the game with a 20-7 edge in shots, including an 11-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Wisconsin opens the regular season Aug. 25-27 at the Tulsa Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The Badgers open the tournament at 5 p.m. next Friday with a game against Southern Methodist. SMU earned a No. 2 ranking in the College Soccer News preseason poll and the No. 7 spot in the NSCAA preseason poll.