The Wisconsin mens soccer team (3-2-0) opened up the 2006 homestand Friday with the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational at the McClimon Soccer Complex where the Badgers fell to No. 6 Washington (4-0-0), 2-1.
After a scoreless first half for both teams, Wisconsin struck first with a goal slotted from the endline by junior midfielder, Dirk Pearson (South Barrington, Ill.) 52:36 into the game. Sophomore midfielder Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) and sophomore defender Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) both contributed assists on the score. Pearsons goal marked his first of the season, third of his career.
Just three minutes after the UW goal, Washington struck back with an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder George John.
Both teams stayed close during this physical game but the Huskies got the last laugh when John struck again with another goal assisted by junior forward Kevin Forrest at the 79:29 mark.
Prior to Johns first score, the Badgers had held opponents scoreless for the last 325 minutes and 44 seconds and were riding a three-game win streak before the defeat. Senior goalie Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) ended the night with three saves.
Wisconsin faces Creighton (2-2-1) Sunday at 2:30 p.m. to close out the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational.