The Wisconsin mens soccer team was quick to answer Indianas first two goals in Sundays Big Ten Conference opener, but the Badgers didnt get a chance to respond to the third.
After countering each of the Hoosiers initial two scores to force overtime, the Badgers surrendered a goal just over three minutes into the extra session that allowed No. 14 Indiana to leave the field at Armstrong Stadium with a 3-2 victory. It is the 15th win for IU in the teams last 16 meetings.
Indianas Eric Alexander provided the difference-maker in the 94th minute off a crossing pass from Neil Wilmarth. The score left the Badgers (4-2-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten) with an empty feeling despite a strong performance in their first true road game of the season.
The work ethic, grit and determination the guys showed was fantastic, head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. I thought the guys responded extremely well to equalize on two occasions and I thought we deserved to come away with at least a tie.
We werent fortunate enough to come away with a draw and it still stings to lose, even when you play pretty well against a good opponent like Indiana.
Indiana led the contest twice during regulation, but both advantages were short-lived. The Badgers answered each of Indianas scores quickly to keep the pressure on their hosts.
Brian Ackley put the Hoosiers on the board with a goal in the 36th minute, but the score was countered five minutes later by junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz , who tallied his third goal of the season when he punched a shot through heavy traffic in front of the Indiana goal. A feed from athid=6008&deptid=122"> --> Bryan Gerster set up Lorenzs quick strike from 15 yards out in the 40th minute.
Were a team that can respond well, and thats something that you cant teach, Lorenz said. Thats up to the players on the field, and to have character like that is a positive for this team.
On the other side of intermission, Neil Wilmarth put the Hoosiers back on top with a long blast that found its way past UW keeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath in the 66th minute.
It took just 38 seconds for the Badgers to come up with the equalizer, however. athid=6006&deptid=122"> --> Taylor Waspi knotted the score at 2-2 in the 67th minute by heading in his second goal of the season off a free kick served in by junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado .
The play was a near repeat of the free kick Delgado placed to set up Waspis game-winning goal in the UWs 1-0 win over Santa Clara on Sept. 5.
With the score tied, both teams were sent to the locker rooms because of lightning in the Bloomington area, which led to a delay of nearly an hour. Rohrman liked the way his team responded to the stoppage.
The biggest challenge with a break in the action like that is not just the physical part but the mental part, Rohrman said. I thought they responded well to (the delay), and we had a couple of our best chances after that break.
The Badgers, whose only win over IU in Bloomington came during the 1993 NCAA Tournament, saw their best chance to pull ahead narrowly miss when a header by Lorenz glanced off the post in the 77th minute.
I thought we did a good job when we had the opportunity to put a ball in there, Rohrman said. When youre playing someone like Indiana, its going to come down to one or two moments where you might have a chance.
"If you dont capitalize its going to hurt you, and if you do, its going to help you.
Still, tagging the Hoosiers (4-1-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) twice was an impressive feat for the Badgers, considering IUs 0.93 goals-against average coming into the contest. In fact, Wisconsin scored multiple goals against the Hoosiers for the first time in the teams last four meetings and just the third time in 37 all-time matchups.
The Badgers have now racked up multiple goals in five games this season, matching their total from the entire 2007 campaign.
Horwath, who entered the game with a 0.94 goals-against average, tallied a season-high nine saves in the loss. The Hoosiers owned a 22-16 advantage in shots, including a 12-8 margin in shots-on-goal.
Its really tough, because we did a good job twice and got ourselves back in the game, Lorenz said of the loss. Now, were going to take it stride and use it as fuel for the rest of the season.
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