The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team (4-5-0) lost 1-0 to Northern Illinois (6-2-1) Wednesday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex in front of 321 people. For the second straight game, the Badger offense was unable to produce a goal.
Chris Rufa of Northern Illinois scored the lone goal of the game after he received an assist from Kevin Woerner then skimmed the ball right off the head of Wisconsins Hamid Afsari. Scoring the goal in the 17th minute gave the Huskies the early lead while the Badgers were unable to capitalize on their 17 shots.
I thought for the most part we had the better of it in terms of possession, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. Their goal was a little lucky with the deflection, but overall I thought we played well on two-thirds of the field, but were unable to capitalize in that final third that we needed to.
Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain), Kenny Dix (Atlanta, Ga.) and Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) all tallied three shots, yet nobody was able to get a ball past Husky goalkeeper Steve Goletz who recorded four saves.
UW goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) recorded five saves in 90 minutes of action in his first game back after missing his first start of the season due to an injury he suffered late in last Fridays game.
In the beginning of the season, I said I wasnt sure where goals were going to come from, said Rohrman. I thought we had guys capable of getting it done, but here we are nine games into the season and we are still looking for those answers, and we need to find them quickly.
Badgers play next on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they take on Ohio State in their Big Ten opener at McClimon Soccer Complex.