Sophomore Victor Diaz and freshman Brian Bultman each recorded a hat trick as the Wisconsin mens soccer team scored seven second-half goals in a 7-0 victory over Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne Sunday afternoon at the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee.
The Badgers (3-1) scored seven times following the halftime break to tie the school record for goals in a half. Wisconsin accomplished the same feat against UW-Whitewater on Sept. 30, 1981 during a 10-0 victory.
UW goalkeepers Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Mike Hood (La Crosse, Wis.) combined to give Wisconsin its third consecutive shutout. Hood replaced Settle with 25 minutes left in the second half and made two saves. Settle finished with one save.
Despite out-shooting IPFW (0-4) 19-2 in the first half, the Badgers could not get a shot past Mastodon goalkeeper Joshua Howell. That turn of events could have discouraged UW, but head coach Jeff Rohrman said he was proud that his players did not let that happen.
That first half could have been frustrating, but our guys didnt let it bother them, Rohrman explained. We kept working hard and were very patient. We hit the post four times in the first half, so we knew we were creating a lot of good things and that it was only a matter of time.
Wisconsin jumped on IPFW quickly in the second half. Diaz (Madrid, Spain) broke the scoreless tie 2:18 into the second half when he scored off of a quick free kick from 20 yards out. The goal was the third game-winning goal of his career and first of the season.
Just over six minutes later, freshman Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) gave UW a 2-0 lead. Conklin finished a crossing pass from Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) for his second goal of the season.
Diaz opened the Wisconsin lead to 4-0 with two quick goals. First Diaz buried a rebound at the 56:49 mark, then he scored from 10 yards out 40 seconds later. Junior Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) earned assists on both goals.
Diazs hat trick was the first of his career and also his first mutli-goal game as a Badger. He now has three goals this season and leads the team with 16 shots.
Bultman (Tucson, Ariz.) came off the bench in the 64th minute and then made an immediate impact on the game. The freshman scored his first collegiate goal in the 65th minute to open UWs lead to 5-0.
Less than six minutes later, Bultman made it 6-0 with a header from 15 yards out. He completed his hat trick with a breakaway goal in the 87th minute to close out UWs 7-0 win.
I give our guys a lot of credit for what they did today, Rohrman said. We kept pushing and took advantage of our depth and talent. We knew that once we got that first goal, things would open up and thats exactly what happened.
Wisconsins seven goals marked the most goals scored and the largest margin of victory by UW during Rohrmans tenure as head coach. The previous was a 5-0 win over IUPUI on Sept. 19, 2003.
The Badgers out-shot the Mastodons 36-5, including an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The last time UW scored at least seven goals in a game was an 8-0 victory over California on Sept. 5, 1993. Wisconsin had also not posted three consecutive shutouts since the first three games of the 2002 season.
UW will play its first home game of the 2006 season against Washington Sept. 8 on the first day of the Middleton Cycle & Fitness Invitational at McClimon Soccer Complex. The game is set to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. following the opening game between UW-Milwaukee and Creighton at 5 p.m.
The four teams return to McClimon on Sept. 10 with UW-Milwaukee playing Washington at noon and Wisconsin hosting Creighton at 2:30 p.m.