Junior Victor Diaz provided all of the offense Wisconsin would need as his 23rd-minute goal lifted the UW mens soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Stanford Friday afternoon in the first game of the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) took over from there, stopping the only shot he faced to record his second consecutive shutout for the Badgers, who improved to 2-1-0 on the young season.
The team just battled and battled today and got the job done, head coach Jeff Rohrman said following the win. This is about the best defensive performance Ive ever seen out of this team.
Diaz (Madrid, Spain) put the Badgers on the board when he took a pass from sophomore midfielder Taylor Waspi (Deer Park, Ill.), beat a defender and curled a shot inside the near post from 20 yards for his first goal of the season and the 12th of his career. Waspi recorded the only assist on the goal for his first career point.
Following the goal, Stanford (0-1-1) increased its offensive pressure while the Badgers narrowly missed several counter-attacking opportunities, but neither team was able to find the back of the net again and the game ended 1-0.
It was a back-and-forth game and all of our players that got in the game had great performances, Rohrman said. It was great to get the result against a good opponent in a tough environment.
Wisconsin will face an even tougher task on Sunday when the team will face No. 7 California on its home field, but Rohrman is confident that his team will give a strong showing.
We had a good test today and found out that we could do some things against Stanford, he said. Cal will present some different challenges, especially playing them at their home field, but I think todays result bodes well for us.
The Badgers and No. 7 Golden Bears kick off at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.