The Wisconsin mens soccer team picked up its first win of the 2002 regular season with a 4-0 shutout of the Iona College Gaels in game two of the Rocky Rococo-Wisconsin Soccer Classic. Badgers David Martinez and Nick Van Sicklen scored three points a piece to lead Wisconsin.
I thought in the first half we should have came away with more than one, First-year head coach Jeff Rohrman said after the game. I thought we played well enough and had enough chances that we couldve put the game away earlier, but thats the game of soccer.
I thought that in the second half, and we talked about this at halftime, as far as trying to score early and needing to go after the ball, we knew we had to do it and thats what happened.
Wisconsin team co-captain Valentine Anozie opened up scoring for the Badgers early in the first period after a cross pass from Van Sicklen. Anozie swept in from right side, took the pass for the score and helped the Badgers to the 1-0 lead at 3:30.
The remainder of the scoreless first period saw a Badger defense, led by defensemen John McGrady and Joe Anderson, control the ball on the field and deny the Iona Attack.
Both teams entered the second period recharged from the halftime break. However Wisconsin jumped back on the score board after Martinez scored his first goal of the season off of a free kick. The midfielder then assisted Van Sicklen on the Badgers third goal just one minute later at 17:51 in the second period.
The Iona front line came back in the second period with five attempts against Wisconsin netminder Eric Hanson, but could not crack the Badger defense. The UW offense kept control of the ball however, racking up 11 shots-on-goal against Gaels goalie Patrick McAllen in the second period and Wisconsin midfielder Watson Vaughn Prather scored UWs fourth goal of the game unassisted. Prather worked the ball up through the midfield looking for the pass, but as the Iona defense attempted the block, the Potomac, Md., native threaded the ball through the opposition for the 4-0 lead and eventual win.
With the help of the dominating Badger defense, Wisconsins Hanson collected just one save for the win.