For the second straight season, the UW mens soccer team (2-3-0 overall) fell to in-state rival, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix (1-1-1 overall) by the score of 1-0.
The games only goal came late in the 86th minute when Phoenix junior forward Kyle Sillars (Missoula, Mont.) slipped the ball past Wisconsins senior goalie Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.) on an assist from teammate sophomore forward Lee Kuepper (Woodruff, Wis.).
After the Green Bay goal, Wisconsin had two more opportunities to even the score, but was unable to capitalize. Early into the 90th minute, junior forward Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) put a header in the direction of the Phoenix net, but the ball sailed just high. Twenty seconds later freshman defenseman Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) took a free kick for Wisconsin, but Green Bays sophomore goalkeeper Pat Czuprynski (White Bear Lake, Minn.) made the save.
Missed opportunities cost the Badgers dearly and caused Hanson to call Wednesday nights loss the worst of his career. Wisconsin out-shot Green Bay 17-6.
I thought we created enough chances to win, UW Head Coach Jeff Rohrman said, But when you dont put your chances away, you leave the door open.
The Badgers leave Thursday for Providence to take part in the adidas Brown Classic. The UW plays Yale on Friday night and Brown on Sunday afternoon.