Wisconsins (2-1-0) first road trip of the year began on a high note Friday night as the Badgers recorded a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the host UNLV Rebels (0-3-0) at the UNLV Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Badgers took the first lead early in the game on Nick Van Sicklens (Madison, Wis.) first goal of the year on a great through ball by Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.). Van Sicklens shot hit the back post on the right side at 4:22. Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) also assisted on the goal. That would prove to be all the scoring in the first half, but before the half ended (41:00), sophomore forward Phil Doeh received a red card which left the Badgers a man down for the remainder of the game.
UNLV began the second half trailing 1-0, but scored two unanswered goals at 48:43 and 60:09 to take a 2-1 lead, their first of the game. The Badgers responded with two unanswered goals of their own by Van Sicklen and David Martinez (Shawnee, Kan.), just over three minutes apart. Scoring his second goal of the game, Van Sicklens free kick from 22 yards out, deflected into the goal off a Rebel defender (75:51), tying the game at 2-2. Just minutes later, it was Martinezs first goal of the year that gave the Badgers the win at 78:57. He intercepted a pass and on a left-footed shot beat UNLV goalkeeper Matt Johnson to put the badgers up 3-2 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
This was just an incredible win for us, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We showed great character and poise in coming back to win this game despite being a man short for the entire second half. Im very proud of this team. It was just a great win.
Badger goalkeeper Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.) recorded his 11th career win in his 22nd straight start for the UW.
Wisconsin takes on Mount St. Marys (Md.) on Sunday at noon central time to conclude its first road trip. The Badgers return home to host UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.