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Badgers score thrilling 2-1 win over Wright State


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Junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz took a crossing pass from freshman athid=7223&deptid=122"> --> Colin Monasterio and headed in the game-winning goal in the 106th minute Friday, as the Wisconsin mens soccer team opened the season with a 2-1, double-overtime win over Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.

After both teams found the net early in the first game of the Dayton Flyer Invitational, Lorenzs goal broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave the Badgers (1-0-0) their first victory in a season-opening match since 2005. The score is the third of Lorenzs career.

Its been our whole focus the entire preseason, Lorenz said of starting the season with a win. You never want to start off with a loss or a bad tie, one that got away almost, so to start the season off on the right foot is great for our spirits.

Early indications were that the match would be anything but low-scoring, as it took just 4 minutes, 58 seconds for the Badgers to dent the scoreboard. Junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado took a pass from athid=6004&deptid=122"> --> Brandon Miller and placed a shot past Wright State keeper Matt Koeweler just inside the far post for his fourth career goal to give Wisconsin the early advantage.

The Raiders didnt take long to answer, either, as Braden Fleak tied things up with a goal of his own on a through ball from teammate Josh Grossman in the 13th minute.

From there, however, chances at the net were few and far between, and both squads finished with five shots-on-goal. Overall, the Badgers outshot the Raiders by a 16-14 margin, with UW goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath collecting four saves while going the distance in goal.

A first overtime was not enough to settle the draw, but in the second extra session, Monasterio served a perfect ball to Lorenz for the game-winning header. It was the first career point for Monasterio.

To get a late goal in any game is more of a relief than anything, especially once you get into overtime, Lorenz said. To get that is a big sigh of relief for the team and really helps us to start off the season on the right foot.

Logging extra minutes was nothing new for the Badgers, who played in six double-overtime contests last season.

I thought it was a gritty performance by our guys, head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. In the big picture it was an off day for us, but the guys did all the little things and kept believing and found a way to win the game.

I give our guys a lot of credit but we cant result on our laurels, because weve got a very good team in Denver that we have to face on Sunday.

The Badgers are now 2-0 all-time against Wright State, with both victories requiring at least one extra period. They will next face Denver in the teams first-ever meeting, a match set for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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