Senior Sho Fujitas two assists were the catalysts that brought the Wisconsin mens soccer team back to tie UW-Oshkosh 2-2 in the teams final exhibition match on Friday afternoon.
In order to give the players more of an opportunity to compete, the game was 100 minutes long split into three periods. It was relocated to Camp Randall again due to the recent rainy weather and concern regarding the resurfaced field at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Shortly after the five-minute mark, UW-Oshkosh gained an early lead off a penalty kick, putting the Badgers down 1-0. For the rest of the first period, UW fought to hit the back of the net, out-shooting UW-Oshkosh thirteen to two, but was unable to connect.
After an even second period where the Titans extended their lead to 2-0, the Badgers found their rhythm in the third period, making the best use of two corner kicks. Close to ninety minutes into the game, Fujita (West Bloomfield, Mich.) took the corner from the left side, booting the ball to the far post where freshman Max Wilson (Madison, Wis.) scored with a high shot from within the box.
Ten minutes later, Fujita executed another beautiful corner kick from the left side, placing the ball in the center of the box where freshman Bryan Gerster (Dacula, Ga.) headed it in from three yards out to tie the game.
With the preseason wrapped up, Wisconsin will launch into the regular season next weekend with the Middleton Cycle & Fitness Invitational hosted at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Friday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 2. Tulsa, UW-Milwaukee and Western Michigan will be featured in the tournament.
The action starts with UW-Milwaukee competing against Western Michigan at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Badgers challenging Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday with UW-Milwaukee facing Tulsa at noon, and the Badgers taking on Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m.