Sophomore midfielder Reid Johnson had two key goals for the University of Wisconsin Mens soccer team in its 3-2 upset over No. 20 Tulsa, Sunday, at the Coca-Cola Panther Classic in Milwaukee. The win boosts the Badgers season record to 2-2-0.
Overall Im really pleased with the win today, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We controlled the game well defensively, especially in the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Eric Hanson was instrumental in leading the Badgers to victory, Sunday. He finished the game with 10 saves and was also named the goalkeeping MVP of the tournament.
Eric Hanson played really well, Rohrman said, He came out strong in the second half and was able to sort everything out for us.
Hanson had help from the Badger offense who scored three goals off of Tulsa goalkeeper Dominic Cervi. Senior midfielder Nick Van Sicklen scored the first goal of the game, unassisted at 18:32. Van Sicklen was named to the Panther Classic all-tournament team for his efforts.
Johnson added to Van Sicklens goal with two of his own. One came late in the first half at 34:34 when he read the defense well and scored an impressive header goal. Teammates Aaron Witchger and Noah Goerlitz were credited with the double assist. Johnsons second goal came late in the game off of an assist from Matthew Jelacic at 71:22 to put the Badgers ahead by two.
Tulsa made a run at the Badgers when All-American, Ryan Pore, scored his second goal of the game at 83:53 to narrow Wisconsins lead; however the Badger defense would not relent and held out for the 3-2 upset. Pore scored his first goal at 19:40 off of a penalty kick.
The tournament ended with all teams finishing 1-1, but the title was given to Tulsa for scoring the most goals on the weekend.
Up next for the Badgers are two tough non-conference away games against 13th-rated Creighton on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and No. 25 Drake at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. Stay tuned to uwbadgers.com for next weeks results.