The Wisconsin mens soccer team picked up a pair of goals from its bench, including a game-winner from junior athid=6002&deptid=122"> --> Brian Bultman , to close out the Dayton Flyer Invitational with a 2-1 win over Denver on Sunday.
broke a 1-1 tie with a his first goal of the season in the 79th minute
and, as a result, the Badgers claimed at least a share of the Dayton
Flyer Invitational title and are off to a 2-0 start to a season for the
first time since 2005.
To have to play again today against a
good Denver team, in 90-degree heat again, we knew we were going to
need a lot of help from a lot of people, head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. It was a good collective effort and a great team win.
After the squads battled scoreless for the bulk of the first half, redshirt freshman athid=6608&deptid=122"> --> Austin Spohn
ended the deadlock with his first career goal just before intermission.
Spohn broke through some traffic and headed in his score in the 42nd
minute off a crossing pass from senior athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix .
We had guys who dont normally score goals for us step, and Austin Spohn definitely had a great goal, senior athid=5600&deptid=122"> --> Andy Miller said. We had several freshmen come in, and those guys off the bench came in and contributed really well.
Pioneers (0-2-0) answered on the other side of the halftime break, as
Colin Jones took a ball from teammate Jarod Stigall and fired a shot
past UW goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath
to knot the score in the 49th minute. The Pioneers actually outshot the
Badgers, 15-14, but Horwath posted six saves while playing a full 90
minutes in goal.
It was a collective effort and everyone we
used, from the starters to the reserves, gave us quality minutes,
Rohrman said. I have to credit the guys who came on because they
inspired us and lifted us when we needed it.
The difference-maker came 30 minutes later, as Bultman took a cross from junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado and flicked a ball past Denver keeper Teale Stone.
who scored in Fridays season-opening win over Wright State, also
racked up four shots in the contest, including a pair of shots-on-goal.
Badgers, off to a 2-0 start for the third time in seven seasons under
Rohrman, next face a stiff challenge in their home-opener, as they host
Santa Clara on Friday in their first match of the Middleton Sports
& Fitness Invitational. The Broncos are ranked in each of the major
polls, including a No. 5 rating in the preseason adidas/NSCAA coaches
Its always awesome to play in our home tournament, to
get that crowd support, and to have the home-opener against Santa Clara
is great, Miller said. Were just going to come out strong. I know
were up for the challenge.
The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m.,
with UW students admitted free with a valid student ID and the first
250 students receiving a pair of Wisconsin Soccer Thunderstix. All fans
also will receive a free team poster courtesy of Country Kitchen.
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