Sophomore Pablo Delgado scored the game-winning goal for the Wisconsin mens soccer team to defeat No. 7 California 1-0 Sunday afternoon in the championship match of the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
After defeating Stanford (1-1-1) on Friday afternoon, the Badgers (3-1-0) focused on the opponent they were to face in the Golden Bears, who fell to 2-1-0. Their concentration was undeniably rewarded when they came away with the title Sunday afternoon.
The guys clearly demonstrated that they were up to the challenge and proved that they deserved this win, head coach Jeff Rohrman stated after the game.
UW held strong against California throughout the duration of the volatile game. Both teams had multiple chances at scoring, with the Golden Bears hitting the post two times in their five attacks on goal in the first half, but a strong back line and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.), according the Rohrman, resulted in Wisconsins third straight shutout of the season.
In the 42nd minute of the game, Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain) anchored Wisconsins victory with the assistance of sophomore Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.). Conklin fed the ball back to Delgado for his first career assist, who then rifled a shot to the near post from fourteen yards out to put the Badgers up 1-0 before the close of the first half.
The Golden Bears came out firing in the second half, hungry to find the net and avoid a loss, but Wisconsin persisted and defended its goal soundly. Great leadership was found in senior Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.), who anchored the back line and provided a sturdy backbone for his team throughout the match.
After a victorious weekend in California, the Badgers will return to Wisconsin for the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee next weekend. They will face Gonzaga (2-1-0) on Friday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. and Drake (2-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon.