The Badger mens soccer team (1-1-0) recorded their first win of the season Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois (0-2-0) in the 2003 Rocky Rococo adidas Classic. Middleton-native Jed Hohlbeins first goal as a Badger proved to be the game-winner. The junior transfer from Southwest Missouri State had three of six UW shots on goal and through two games paces his teammates with four shots on goal and 13 total shots.
The eventual game-winning marker came 10:24 into the game. Freshman Aaron Witchgers (Edina, Minn.) shot on goal deflected off of Northern Illinois goalkeeper Steve Goletz. Hohlbein knocked in the rebound for the goal with the assist going to Witchger.
Despite the fact that neither team could score in the second half of the game, there were plenty of opportunities as the teams combined for 16 shots,with seven of those on net.
Defensively, the UW held NIU to 11 shots (just five shots on goal) for the game. UW goalkeeper Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.) stopped all five shots on target, including four in the second half. Other strong performances on defense were turned in by junior midfielder Noah Goerlitz (Neenah, Wis.) and all-tournament team members Watson Vaughan Prather (Potomac, Md.) and freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton), younger brother of Jed Hohlbein.
For the second time in as many games the UW outshot its opponent with a 17-11 advantage in that department. The tournament drew nearly 2,000 fans to the two-day event.
The Badgers make their first road trip of the young season next weekend with a trip west to take part in the UNLV Tournament, Sept. 5 and 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wisconsin plays the host UNLV Rebels Friday night at 9:30 p.m. central time before taking on Mount St. Marys (Md.) at noon on Sunday.