After playing in only five games last year, UW mens soccer sophomore Sho Fujita (West Bloomfield, Mich.), scored two goals as the Badgers beat Drake, 2-1, in overtime Sunday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex in front of 1310 people. The Badgers claimed victory and the Big Toe Soccer Invitational Championship Trophy for the first time since 2002.
Its great for Sho. I was happy for him, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. Sho has been a guy that has done very well for us. I thought he played really well last spring and had a good preseason and knock on wood will stay injury free.
A wide open, Fujita scored 46 seconds into the overtime period off assists from Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.) and Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.). Earlier in the game, Fujita scored the first goal of the game to give the Badgers the early lead 1-0 at the 41-minute mark.
Ten minutes into the second half, Keith Gorczyca of Drake tied the game 1-1 off an assist from Jesse Baker. With allowing only one goal today, the Badgers defense was the tournament best allowing only two goals.
Even being out-shot 15-12 for the game and 8-3 in the second half, the Badgers were able to score when they needed, and with help from the defense and goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), were able to come out of the weekend with two victories.
He made a great save the other night, late in game and he made another great save late in this game, said Rohrman. Thats what we need from Jake. Ive always said, great goalkeepers make saves that keep you in the game.
With 1310 people in the stands, the Badgers beat out last years best home attendance (992) by more than 300 people.
Following the game four Badgers were awarded all-tournament honors; Sho Fujita, Aaron Hohlbein, Reid Johnson and Jake Settle. Fujita and Hohlbein were also awarded tournament MVPs, Fujita on offense and Hohlbein on defense.
The all tournament team also included: UNLVs Rod Dyachenko and Ben Pisch; Drakes Jesse Baker and Corey Farabi; and UW-Milwaukees Tenzin Rampa, Steve Bode and Zeke Dombrowski.
The Badger men will be in action next on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 9-11 as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson and Oakland as part of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic.