Officially, it goes down as a tie, but a 3-3 draw in Sundays match with Dayton also was good for a win for the Wisconsin mens soccer team.
The Badgers (3-0-1) were unable to capitalize on opportunities to break their deadlock with the Flyers, both late in regulation and in overtime, but the resulting draw was enough for the UW to wrap up the tournament title on the final day of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.
Our guys worked hard and we were really in a position to come away with a win, UW head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. The guys are disappointed to give up three goals, but it was also a good day because we scored three goals.
We would like to think that, if we can score three times, well be in a position to win more often than not.
Wisconsin finished with a 1-0-1 record for the weekend, including a 1-0 win over No. Santa Clara on Friday, and won the annual tournament they host at the McClimon Complex for the first time since 2005. The Badgers also placed four players on the all-tournament team, led by junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado , who was named the tournaments offensive most valuable player.
Juniors athid=6006&deptid=122"> --> Taylor Waspi , athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz and athid=6004&deptid=122"> --> Brandon Miller also earned all-tournament honors. Delgado, Lorenz and Miller each tallied goals for the Badgers against Dayton, while Waspi notched the game-winner against Santa Clara on Friday.
Sunday, the Badgers found themselves in an early hole, as Daytons Alex Torda scored the first of his two goals in the match in the eighth minute to put the Flyers up 1-0. Lorenz provided a response for the Badgers in the 14th minute, launching a ball past Dayton keeper Alex Davis on a free kick.
Torda then followed with his second score in the 30th minute on a deep shot that bent around a diving athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath in goal for the Badgers. Miller kept up the back-and-forth scoring rhythm with a goal just a minute and a half later, taking a shot pass from freshman athid=7223&deptid=122"> --> Colin Monasterio and punching in a short blast past Davis.
The UW took the lead for the first time in the 49th minute, with Delgado notching his second goal of the season off an assist from Miller.
The equalizer came only six minutes later, when the Flyers benefitted from an own goal by the Badgers that knotted the score at 3-3 in the 55th minute.
The score remained deadlocked and the Badgers found themselves in an overtime contest for the third time in four games this season. They are now 2-0-1 in those matches.
Also, Wisconsin held a distinct advantage when it came to looks at the goal, outshooting the Flyers 24-9.
We have some mixed feelings, Rohrman said. The team feels like it is capable of being 4-0 right now, but we have to shift our focus to next weekend and coming away with two wins.
The Badgers return to action next weekend in their final tournament of the season, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic. Wisconsin will face Cal State-Northridge on Friday (Sept. 12) before facing Binghamton on Sunday.