After building a 2-0 lead, the Wisconsin mens soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision to Dayton in the final game of the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic Sunday afternoon. The Flyers are currently ranked 22nd nationally by Soccer America following recent wins over Michigan and UW-Milwaukee.
Im very disappointed that we gave the game away, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. After taking the lead early on, we just didnt find the way to do it.
We need to find ways to close out games and not let teams come back. Our leaders need to step up and good teams know that they need to play for the full 90 minutes, finish chances, stop opponent chances and step up when you need it.
Team tri-captain Watson Vaughan Prather and juniors Nick Van Sicklen and Jed Hohlbein were all named to the 2003 All-Classic Team following the completion of the tournament. The Badgers finished 1-1 in the Classic after defeating Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 5-0 Friday night. Virginia Tech swept the Classic with wins over IUPUI and host Dayton.
The Badgers, now 4-5-0 overall, broke first half scoring drought against the Flyers at the 38-minute mark for the 1-0 lead. Senior Erol Goknur, UWs remaining team tri-captain along with goalkeeper Eric Hanson , created the scoring opportunity on a well-placed free kick. Freshman Reid Johnson capitalized on the chance with a header to the right of Dayton goalkeeper Jason Kurdziel. The goal was Johnsons second for the weekend and also of his young career at Wisconsin.
Following the halftime break, the Badgers jumped back on the scoreboard for the 2-0 lead after Hohlbein scored on a penalty kick at 50:26. However, Dayton rallied back just eight minutes later as Chris Rolfe found the ball off a deflection and beat Hanson for the unassisted score in the 58th minute of play.
Dayton tied the game on a goal by Christian Porto at 76:57 with an assist by Dasan Robinson. Now 2-2, the Badgers held off the Flyer attack through the next 11 minutes before Porto set up Rolfe for the game-winner with 2:00 left on the clock to clinch the win.
Both Hanson and Kurdziel recorded four saves for their respective teams, while the Dayton defense recorded one team save. The Flyers narrowly outshot UW 18-13 and Wisconsin held a 9-5 advantage on corner kicks.
UW returns home this Wednesday, Sept. 24, to play Illinois-Chicago at 7:30 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Badgers and Flames have a 1-1 record all-time against each other. Most recently, Wisconsin defeated UIC 4-3 in double overtime last season.