The Wisconsin mens soccer team came agonizingly close to scoring its first Big Ten Conference win in nearly two years Saturday, but a penalty-kick goal in the 90th minute allowed Michigan to force a 1-1 draw in a double-overtime contest at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
Just 24 seconds from victory, the Badgers were forced to watch as Michigans Michael Holoday punched home the equalizer after the UW was whistled for a foul in the goalies box. The score offset senior Kenny Dixs goal for the Badgers, which came on a strong blast in the 28th minute.
We werent doing some of the things we needed to do to close the game out, UW head coach Jeff Rohrman said. We were under a little bit of pressure, and all it takes is one play.
I thought we played well enough to win, and its unfortunate we didnt close it out.
Dix came up with the games first goal after Zack Lambo served in a corner kick to junior Scott Lorenz, whose initial scoring chance was saved by the Wolverines and deflected to an open Dix at the top of the 18-yard box.
Lorenz was credited with the assist on the score, which was the second goal of the season for Dix and the third of his career.
We know hes got a great shot, and he took it well, Rohrman said of Dix. He did what he needed to do by taking (the shot) first time and taking it on frame.
Holodays score capped a second period that saw the Wolverines go on the offensive after being out-shot by the Badgers in the first period, 7-4. Michigan launched five shots on goal at UW keeper Alex Horwath in the second half and had five corner kicks after playing defensively for much of the first period.
The goal also was deflating for the Badgers, who were seeking their first conference win since Oct. 15, 2006. Instead, the UW (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) settled for its fifth overtime contest of the season but did see its two-game losing streak snapped.
The draw moved Michigans record to 6-2-2 (0-0-1 Big Ten) on the season and was the second in as many years for the teams, who finished their 2007 meeting with a 2-2 tie.
Despite the Wolverines intense attack in the second period, the Badgers still owned a 22-15 edge in shots for the match. The UW finished with six shots on goal, including two by Victor Diaz and one by Lorenz in the second half.
Horwath, who leads the Big Ten in saves, finished with six.
The Badgers now take a break from conference play by hosting Western Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McClimon Complex.
There were a lot of good things even though we walked away with the tie, Rohrman said. If we do some of those things again Wednesday, were going to have a good game against Western.