The UW mens soccer team opened its 2003 season Friday night, dropping a 1-0 decision to the 20th-ranked Lobos of New Mexico in front of 1,032 fans on the first day of the Rocky Rococo Classic. The Badgers, who started five newcomers Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis), Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), Aaron Witchger (Edina, Minn.), Andrew Cardona (Waukesha, Wis.) and Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) were impressive in their first game of the season controlling the ball for much of the first period and holding the Lobos to just one shot in the second period.
The game remained scoreless until the 72:38 mark of the game wshen Lobo Lance Watson scored on an assist from Ryan McVay. The Badgers were able to gain control of the ball and put pressure on in the final minutes of the game, but couldnt create any shots on UNM goalkeeper Andrew Weber, who made three saves in the game. UW goalkeeper Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.), who played every minute of every game last season for the Badgers, made one save.
The Badgers outshot UNM 12-9 for the game, including a 5-1 advantage in period 2. Junior transfer Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), playing in his first game as a Badger, was responsible for seven of the teams 12 shots, proving his offensive potential and playmaking abilities. The teams top scorer from a year ago, Nick Van Sicklen (Madison, Wis.), had three shots at the goal.
Wisconsin takes on Northern Illinois Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. to wrap up this years Rocky Rococo action. NIU lost to 11th-ranked UW-Milwaukee in the opening game of the tournament, 2-0.