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Reserves power Badgers to 2-1 win


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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.

Bultman 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.

The 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.

Delgado, 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.

The 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 poll.

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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