The Wisconsin mens soccer team opened their 2004-05 season with a tie in a hard-fought exhibition game against the Loyola Ramblers at McClimon Soccer Complex Sunday night. Loyola battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game, scoring both goals in the last of three 35 minute periods. Both teams remain 0-0-0 as exhibition games do not count toward season records.
I thought overall, at least for the first couple of periods, we did quite well, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. I thought we certainly deserved to be up 2-0 or better.
The game-tying goal came at 85:46 when Loyola midfielder Jamie Morote sent a long ball over the top of the defense to forward Matt Marek who was there for the finish. This added to the first goal by junior forward Bill Metzger scored at 75:28.
Both teams had numerous opportunities to win the game in the final five minutes, but neither team was able to capitalize.
I was a little disappointed with the tie, said Rohrman, but it was exhibition. Its an opportunity for us to learn and get better.
The Badgers have a young squad this season, with only five returning seniors. The seniors made a substantial impact as Jed Hohlbein and David Martinez combined for the first goal in the final minute of the first period. Hohlbein rocketed a shot off goalkeeper Sean Bond, and Martinez crashed the goal to finish the loose ball. Coach Rohrman also credited senior Noah Goerlitz for his effort at midfield.
Not to be outdone were the Badger underclassmen who also contributed to the goal-scoring. Sophomore forward Reid Johnson scored the second goal for the Badgers at 45:48, assisted by freshman Christopher Ede.
True freshman B.J. Goodman also had a standout game according to coach Rohrman. I thought B.J. played quite well. Hes such a dynamic kid. He just had a great game, he said.
The Badgers open regular-season play hosting the Wisconsin Big Toe Soccer Invitational, Labor Day weekend at the McClimon Soccer Complex. In the 16th year of the event, two teams, Evansville and Dayton, will make their event debut. On Friday, Sept. 3 Dayton and UW-Milwaukee begin tourney play at 5 p.m., followed by the Badgers and Evansville at 7:30 p.m. Games conclude on Sunday, Sept. 5, with UW-Milwaukee and Evansville playing at noon and the UW and Dayton closing the event with a 2:30 p.m. contest.