The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team (3-2-0) lost to New Mexico Friday night at the University of New Mexico Soccer Complex 3-2 in the TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invite. Even being out-shot 23-9, the Badgers were efficient on offense as they were able to score two goals on nine shots.
It was a game that these guys will never forget, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. It had everything a fan could have asked for. There was drama and great goal scoring, as well as outstanding goalkeeping. The goalies tonight, even though there was five goals, did an amazing job. Jake [Settle] played very well, and saved a penalty kick which was awesome. Late in the game, New Mexicos goalkeeper came up big with to huge saves form close range that would have tied that game if they had gotten by.
Leading the way for the second straight game, junior Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.), scored his second goal of the year. All three of Johnsons shots were shots on goal, as he led the team on the offensive end.
Freshman Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain), gave the Badgers the quick lead scoring the first goal of the game in the sixth minute of play. Both Johnson and Diaz scored their goals off of Lobo miscues, being unassisted goals.
Tying the game 1-1 in the 25th minute, New Mexico stand-out, Jeff Rowland scored off an assist from teammate Matt Wootton. Not done for the night, Rowland scored his second goal of the game and seventh of the season in the 50th minute with help from Joey Vitagliano on the assist. UWs Johnson then tied the game in the 56th minute, but shortly after New Mexicos Cody Hanna got his shot by Wisconsin goalkeeper Jack Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) for the game-winner.
Settle recorded eight saves off of 11 shots on goal from the Lobos, while Mike Graczyk had five saves off of seven shots on goal. With the ball on the Badger side of midfield most of the game, the defense played strong enough to hold the Lobos to only three goals.
Overall, most of our guys played very well, said Rohrman. Erik Ortega and Victor Diaz played great, and Aaron Hohlbein on the defensive side was very strong. We are looking forward to Sundays game to take care of business and get a win.
The UW men will be in action next on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. as they take on Butler to conclude the TLC Plumbing and Utilities Invite.