The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team posted its second consecutive shutout en route to a 1-0 win over Lipscomb Friday evening in the opening game of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Invitational at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) made a season-high five saves for the Badgers (2-1) to notch his fifth career shutout.
For the second straight contest, sophomore midfielder Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) provided the offensive spark. Lambo broke open a scoreless game when he intercepted a crossing pass and blasted a shot into the upper left corner from 30 yards in the 65th minute.
It was just a tremendous shot with a lot of movement that beat the keeper to his right, head coach Jeff Rohrman said of Lambos drive.
That was exactly what the game needed, Rohrman continued. The first half was very disjointed and we struggled to find our rhythm. Then in the second half we had more confidence and composure.
The goal was the second of Lambos career and also marked the second time in as many contests that Lambo scored the game-winning goal. Lambo has five points (two goals, one assist) in his last two games.
After spending last season as a defender, Lambo has blossomed in his new role as a midfielder.
Zack has done a great job so far in the midfield, Rohrman said. I know he can hit the ball from distance like he did today and he is also very dangerous on set pieces.
Equally as important as Lambos emergence as an offensive threat are Wisconsins back-to-back shutouts, something Rohrman says means a lot to his upperclassmen. Settle, Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), Hamid Afsari (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) and Andrew Cardona (Waukesha, Wis.) anchor the defensive corps and are all seniors.
Our seniors take a great deal of pride in posting shutouts. I know they are capable of keeping clean sheets and they know that if they dont give up goals, we have an excellent chance to win.
The Badgers ended the game with a 20-12 advantage in shots over Lipscomb (1-2). Goalkeeper Danny Prichard made six saves for the Bisons.
Wisconsin returns to the pitch on Sunday to face Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne at noon in the third game of the Panther Invitational. Lipscomb will face host-school UW-Milwaukee in the tournaments final game at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Live stats for both games can be found at uwmpanthers.com.