Despite two goals from leading scorers Brian Bultman and Victor Diaz, the Wisconsin mens soccer team played to double overtime during its first Big Ten match to tie No. 14 Michigan 2-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Badgers (4-2-2) set the pace early on with a quick first goal in the sixth minute to put UW up 1-0. Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain) placed the ball to the center on a corner kick, where Bultman (Tucson, Ariz.) reacted instinctively to find the back of the net in the midst of a scramble just outside the goal.
In the 18th minute, Michigan (7-0-1) responded with a shot to the middle of the goal. Steve Bonnell crossed the ball to Cam Cameron, who put the Wolverines on the scoreboard and tied the Badgers 1-1.
Ten minutes later, Diaz (Madrid, Spain) claimed Wisconsins second goal with an assist from Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.). The Badgers built up their attack on the left side, where Lorenz found Diaz, who shot the ball to the right of the net just past Michigan goalkeeper Patrick Sperrys reach, raising the score 2-1.
Michigan fought for the tie, however, and in the 33rd minute, Perica Marosevic gave the Wolverines their second goal from 18 yards out on a failed clearance to draw even with Wisconsin 2-2.
Both teams were strong on the attack and battled for the win, but after the first half, neither team could seem to connect with the net.
Both teams had chances to win, head coach Jeff Rohrman stated after the game, but considering the length of the game, I think fresh legs might have helped. Michigan did an excellent job of bending but not breaking.
This tie maintains UWs positive record against ranked teams, bringing it to 2-0-1. Rohrman was pleased with his teams preparedness against Michigan and its strong offensive line.
We did a very good job at pushing the attack and being dangerous while going forward, Rohrman said. Defensively, as well, we held strong against Michigans offense. There is a reason they are ranked; they have strong attacking players.
The Badgers will return home for their next game to host Northern Illinois (2-3-3) on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.