The Wisconsin mens soccer team could not find a way to put the ball in the net as it dropped the third game of the season to Penn 3-0 at the Coca-Cola Panther Classic Saturday. The loss puts the Badgers at 1-2-0 overall.
I thought we came out flat today, it was a pretty hot day but we came out flat and just didnt bring the energy and intensity that we needed in the first half, said head coach Jeff Rohrman on the Badgers effort. I think we did better in the second half, but it was more of a reactive approach then what we had hoped for today.
The Badgers missed the presence of sophomore defender Aaron Hohlbein who did not play due to an injury suffered last weekend in the Big Toe Soccer Invitational. Aaron Hohlbein being out hurts us some just because of his presence and leadership. When hes in the game, everybody else is a little bit better, too, said Rohrman. The level of influence he brings wasnt there today.
Penn managed to break through the defense twice in the first half and again in the final minutes of the game. The first goal was scored at 22:35 by Derrick Jumper, assisted by teammates Arthur Bartholomew and Derek Hobson. Fifteen minutes later at 38:31 it was Hobson who scored off a double assist from Matthew Waddell and Justin Estrada. Estrada assisted the final goal from Stephen Kroculick who was the teams leading goal scorer in 2003.
Although the Quakers were able to find the back of the net, the Badgers had plenty of opportunities to put the ball away as well. They out-shot Penn and finished the game with 17 shots, nine of which were on goal.
I thought we created enough quality chances to come away with a couple of goals but we either found the keeper or missed the goal, Rohrman said. Senior midfielder Nick Van Sicklen led the Badger offensive with four shots on goal and six total shots.
The Badgers will get another opportunity to notch a victory, Sunday against Tulsa at 11:30 a.m. This is the second game of the Coca-Cola Panther Classic played at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee.
Stay tuned to uwbadgers.com for the final tournament results.