Call them the bounceback Badgers. The Wisconsin mens soccer team jumped back into the win column with a decisive 5-0 victory over Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Friday evening at the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic.
UW juniors Jed Hohlbein and Nick Van Sicklen each scored two goals a piece, while freshman Reid Johnson chipped in one for his first career goal wearing the cardinal and white. Head coach Jeff Rohrman credits his team for their resolve on the field.
I was glad to see our team play such a complete game, Rohrman said. We finished our chances and played very well. It took a while to get that first goal, but I felt that if we got one then I knew more would come.
Hohlbein opened up Wisconsins scoring at the 19th minute with a well-placed header courtesy of a cross from freshman John Scripp. The Badgers took a 2-0 lead over the Jaguars entering halftime after Scripp earned his second assist of the night setting Van Sicklen up for a breakaway goal fired into the lower left side at 35:08.
UWs pressure on IUPUI never let up in the second period and the Badgers ripped up the field stacking their final three goals in the Jaguar net in the final 20 minutes of action.
Midfielder Noah Goerlitz, a Neenah, Wis., native, posted up the ball for Van Sicklens second goal at 71:05, followed by Hohlbeins second goal just nine minutes later. Watson Vaughan Prather, one of Wisconsins three team captains this year, and teammate Aaron Witchger assisted on the fourth goal at 80:31.
Hohlbein, UWs leading scorer so far this season, has now tallied six goals and three assists for 15 points. Fellow forward Van Sicklen, a 2002 first-team All-Big Ten selection, has now recorded four goals.
Hailing from Mequon, Wis., Johnson completed the quintet of goals in the games closing minutes with an assist from Wisconsins lone foreign player, Canadian Frank Iaizzo, at 88:11.
Fellow team captain and goalkeeper Eric Hanson earned one save during 80 minutes spent in the Badger net. Freshman netminder Jake Settle finished the game to earn his first career minutes for Wisconsin and help earn the shutout.
Our defense was solid and played well, Rohrman said. They played smart and kept up the pressure against a team that had rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Northern Illinois last week.
The team was committed to getting the job done and earning the win, Rohrman said. It will be good to carry this into Sundays game because Daytons going to be tough to play.
Now 4-4-0, Wisconsin will meet host Dayton Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The nationally-ranked Flyers enter their game versus the Badgers with recent wins over Michigan and UW-Milwaukee.