Wisconsin true freshman Phil Doeh scored his first career hat trick as a Badger to lead the mens soccer team to a 4-3 double-overtime win over Illinois-Chicago Sunday afternoon.
The 22nd-ranked Badgers, now 5-1 overall in head coach Jeff Rohrmans first season, led the Flames 3-1 nearing the end of the match, but Illinois-Chicago scored two late goals to drive the game into the overtime periods. Badger midfielder Erol Goknur, who collected three assists throughout the match, set up the game-winner off a free kick after the Flames received a card for fouling Doeh on a run. Teammate Nick Van Sicklen, who scored UWs second goal of the game, flicked the ball from Goknur to the back post and Doeh found the ball for a header past Illinois-Chicago keeper Casey Pudwill for the win.
Overall, we played well for 75 minutes, but we let our guard down right before the half and again at the end of the second period, Rohrman said. We played well, but we need to be better about closing out the halves and the teams. I have to give the guys a lot of credit though. Heading into that last overtime, the guys made a commitment to get the win.
Notching his second goal of the season, Doeh opened up scoring for the Badgers at the 37-minute mark. The Wisconsin freshman fired a header past Illinois-Chicago starting netminder Ross Cain off a header from teammate Watson Vaughn Prather. Goknur helped set up the scoring play with a well-placed corner kick to Prather.
Relentless in their attack, the Badgers jumped back on the scoreboard just one minute later off of Van Sicklens lone goal of the game, with true freshman Pat Cronan recording the assist. Van Sicklen received the ball from Cronan, dribbled it through the Flame defense and launched the ball pass a sprawling Cain in the UIC net. But the Flames negated any chance of a first-half shutout by Wisconsin after Illinois-Chicago midfielder Dennis King scored an unassisted goal with one minute left in the period for a 2-1 game at the half.
After the break, Doeh helped the Badgers keep their edge with his second goal of the game courtesy of a pass from defenseman and team co-captain John McGrady in the 78th minute. McGrady received the ball off an assist from Goknur.
With less than seven minutes left in the game, the Flames erupted with a two-goal scoring attack by defenseman Joe Morelli in the 83rd and 88th minutes. Morelli beat Wisconsin keeper Eric Hanson on a penalty kick for his first goal, then tied up the game after chipping the ball in at close-range. Illinois-Chicagos Jake Stasko and Pete Kelley assisted on the equalizer to bring into the first of the two overtimes. However, Doehs game-winning goal defeated the Flames in the 101st minute ensuring the Badgers fifth win of the season.
In the net, Hanson picked up seven saves for Wisconsin, while UIC keepers Cain and Pudwill collected four and five saves respectively.
Wisconsin next faces in-state opponent UW-Green Bay Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Green Bay, Wis. The Badgers have won their last three meetings with the Phoenix and lead the overall series 13-12.