The UW mens soccer (5-3-2, 1-0-1) came up with a spectacular win on Thursday, handing No. 7 Illinois-Chicago (7-1-2) its first loss of the season in the 1-0 victory.
Zach Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) launched a free kick towards the Flames goal in the 19th minute. The ball was played by Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.), who headed the ball into the lower left corner of the net. The goal would turn out to be the games first and only.
Pablo Delgado nearly added in another goal when he booted a ball that hooked towards the upper right corner of the goal in the 82nd minute. UIC goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja was able to come up with a diving save to keep the Flames within one goal of the lead.
Illinois-Chicago had the ball on Wisconsins defensive half for much of the second half, but the UW defenders did not give in. Lambo, Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), Hamid Afsari (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), and Andrew Cardona (Waukesha, Wis.) all put in solid efforts, refusing to make any costly mistakes.
Thursdays victory against No. 7 UIC marks the first Badger win against a top 10 nationally-ranked opponent since Oct. 10, 2004, when Wisconsin defeated No. 9 Penn St. 4-3 in Madison.
The Badgers are now in the midst of a four-game unbeaten steak, dating back to the Sept. 17 win against Michigan. The Badgers will look to make it number five, as well as remain undefeated in the Big Ten, when they face Northwestern this Sunday (Oct. 1). The game will begin at 1 p.m. at McClimon Soccer Complex.