Senior forwards David Martinez and Jed Hohlbein of the Wisconsin mens soccer team combined for two goals in a 4-2 victory against Inferno 95 in exhibition play at McClimon soccer complex Sunday. Exhibition games do not count towards the regular season record so Wisconsin remains 0-0-0.
After 45 minutes of scoreless action, the Badgers came out hard in the second half and scored all four of their goals. I thought our team came out a little flat, but we rebounded well, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We played much better in the second half.
Hohlbein, the leading goal scorer in 2003, scored the first two Badger goals off of Martinez assists. The first goal came at 48:37 when Martinez sent a long ball over the top of the defense and Hohlbein outran an Inferno defender to score the first goal of the match. Hohlbeins second finish was an impressive header over the top of charging Inferno goalkeeper John Dierkhising, from another Martinez long ball at 61:50.
All four of our goals were solid, said Rohrman of the Badgers offensive effort, Its good to see our guys finishing plays.
In addition to his two assists, Martinez also scored at 68:52 off of a double assist from teammates Erik Ortega and Nick Van Sicklen. Aaron Witchger added the final goal at 85:27 when he burned an Inferno defender after a pass from B.J. Goodman.
Former Badger Erik Lindstrom was involved in the Inferno goal-scoring. He assisted teammate Bobby De St. Aubin at 83:11 for the teams second goal. Jamie Johnson scored the first goal for Inferno 95 off a deadball kick from Andy Hemenway at 52:56.
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.
Badger fans have the opportunity to meet the UW squad after the conclusion of the tournament when players, coaches, and 2004 posters will be on hand for Autograph Day.