The Wisconsin mens soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio State in both teams Big Ten opener Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Junior forward Jed Hohlbein led the Badgers with three shots while freshman goalkeeper Jake Settle collected three saves.
We played okay in the second half, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. I thought we had the better of it, but we lost this game in the first half.
I think the guys know they only played half a game. They know also that these three weeks are going to be the biggest test of our season. My hope is that we can pass that test and get over that hurdle. Its really just got to be an attitude that we come out with thats going to help us get over that hump.
Ohio State (2-6-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) made their move early in the first period when sophomore Dana York took a pass from teammate Dustin Kirby and fired it to the back of the net for the eventual game-winner.
The Badgers (5-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) came out rejuvenated in the second half, but were unable to capitalize off any of their six shots. Hohlbein came close to tying the game in the 48th minute, but his header, coming off a Reid Johnson pass, sailed wide.
UW will look to rebound on the road against in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (7-3-0, 2-0-0 Horizon League) on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Englemann Field. The game will start at 3 p.m.
SOCCER ALUMS REUNITE IN MADISON
On Saturday afternoon, several Wisconsin mens soccer alumni gathered at the Badgers practice field for the annual alumni weekend game and to meet with current team members.
They seem to be playing pretty well together, former Badger Aaron Lauber said. It looks like they have quite a few young guys, too. I can only see good things happening this year and the next two or three years as well.
In the game, Team Gold consisting of Lauber, as well as current assistant coaches Nick Pasquarello and Jon Szczepanski, mounted a second-half comeback to beat Team Red featuring head coach Jeff Rohrman.
Wisconsin alumni team photos will be available on uwbadgers.com later this week.