An early goal was not enough for the Wisconsin mens soccer team as they lost their home-opener to Evansville 2-1 in the Big Toe Soccer Invitational at McClimon Soccer Complex, Friday night. The Badgers came out with intensity as Jed Hohlbein scored the first goal of the match at 6:39 off of a Nick Van Sicklen assist.
I felt that we certainly did enough to win the game, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We out-shot them, we had more shots-on-goal, and I thought we had more quality chances.
Many of those chances came from senior forward Van Sicklen who had seven total shots, five of which were on goal. Coach Rohrman was impressed by Van Sicklens effort up top.
In the first half I didnt think they [Evansville] had an answer for him, said Rohrman I thought he did really well, and it was pretty unfortunate he didnt have a goal. I thought he did exceptionally well coming in and creating things off the dribble. In 2003 Van Sicklen was named the teams offensive MVP.
Coach Rohrman was also extremely positive about the performances of the three freshmen that earned a start, Nick Caronna, Erik Ortega, and B.J. Goodman.
I thought overall they did pretty well, said Rohrman. I was pretty pleased with the performance they had for their first collegiate game. Freshman Sho Fujita also logged minutes for the Badgers at midfield.
Evansville freshman Cory Elenio had the first goal for the Purple Aces assisted by Ian Mcauley at 69:47. Mcauley also assisted the game-winning goal by Dan Broxup at 79:17.
Coach Rohrman was not concerned about the Badgers defensive effort. For Sundays game against Dayton, his focus was finishing.
We ran into a hot goalkeeper (Corey Southers) and maybe didnt do as well as we should have with some of the chances that we created, but we played good soccer tonight. Now its just a matter of finishing off some plays in the box, he said.
In the 5 p.m. game, last years tournament champion, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers tied the Dayton Flyers 0-0 in a physical battle. This resulted in six yellow cards, three for each team, throughout two 45-minute halves and two ten-minute sudden victory overtime periods. The Badgers face Dayton at 2:30p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 after UW-M plays Evansville at noon at McClimon Soccer Complex.