The Wisconsin mens soccer team posted its first loss of the season on the road at Valparaiso University, a 2-1 decision after the Crusaders broke a tie game in the closing minutes. Wisconsin midfielder Erol Goknur (Madison, Wis.) scored the Badgers lone goal.
Were all obviously disappointed in the results, more so in the way we played, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. We are looking forward to Sundays game (against Illinois-Chicago). Well learn from this loss and get better.
After a scoreless first half with a majority of midfield action, Valparaisos Mark Korba put the Crusaders on the scoreboard for the 1-0 lead four minutes into the second period. After being fouled by Valparaiso, Goknur scored the equalizer at the 80-minute mark off of a free kick from 20 yards out on the right side of the net.
Valparaiso bounced back for the lead and eventual win off of a goal by Ben Olson, an Oregon, Wis., native. Olson received a cross from teammate Jon Flugstad and scored the game-winner on a header.
After a one hour game delay and the subsequent field relocation to Thomas Jefferson Middle School for a lighted field, Wisconsin outshot Valparaiso 5-2 in the first period, but Valparaiso came back in the second period on the attack. In total, Valpo outshot Wisconsin 9-8, while Wisconsin goalkeeper Eric Hanson pulled in two saves for the Badgers and Crusader goalkeeper Jeff Oleck collected three saves for the match.
Wisconsin (4-1) will look to rebound against Illinois-Chicago Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.