After scoring only one goal all last year, Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) of the Wisconsin mens soccer team scored both goals as the Badgers beat UNLV 2-1 Friday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex in front of 885 people. With the victory, the Badgers were the only team to come out of Friday night with a win at the Wisconsin Big Toe Soccer Invitational as UW-Milwaukee and Drake ended in a 3-3 tie after a double overtime game earlier in the day
I thought as a group, we responded really well to the challenging, if sometimes frustrating first half, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. I give our guys credit, they battled; they showed great character and they found a way to get it done.
UNLVs Rod Dyachenko got the Rebels out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, but that was all that the Badgers allowed. UW goalie Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) recorded three saves, to lead the Badger defense.
The Badgers offense saw a lot of action, out-shooting the Rebels 17-7, and committed 18 fouls, five less than UNLVs 23.
After a very physical and foul-filled second half, freshman Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) fed a corner kick in front of the goal where Hohlbein capitalized with a header for the Badgers first goal of the season. In the second half, with the score tied and only five minutes to play Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) was taken down in the goal box. Hohlbein then beat the goalie with a one-on-one penalty kick, shooting in to the right corner to score the Badgers second goal and sealing the game.
Drake is a very, very good team. For them to get three goals on UWM (earlier today) says a lot about that team, said Rohrman. I said it before, they are a dangerous team. Last year we snuck away with a win down there, but it's going to take a great effort on Sunday to beat that team. They've got some really athletic, talented, skillful, dangerous guys. We will certainly have to play well on Sunday.
The Badger men will be in action next on Sunday, Sept. 4, taking on the Drake Bulldogs at 4 p.m. to conclude the Wisconsin Big Toe Invitational.