Wisconsin sophomore Nick Van Sicklen scored two goals for the UW mens soccer team, but the Badger rally fell short as Xavier beat Wisconsin 3-2 in the final minutes of Sundays road game in Cincinnati.
We started out well, but as the game wore on we faded down the stretch, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. We need to raise the bar and work on executing for longer periods of time.
In todays game and against Ohio State, we did some things well, but we need to work on extending that for longer durations of the game. We need to concentrate on the little things.
Wisconsin took an early lead in the first period at 15:36 as Wisconsin midfielder David Martinez sent the ball from a UW corner kick on the left side to the back post. Defenseman and team co-captain John McGrady laid the ball across to Van Sicklen who beat Xavier keeper Brian Schaeper for the 1-0 Wisconsin lead.
Xaviers Logan Wallace evened up the match at the 25th minute on a sliding goal assisted by teammate Tiest Sondaal. Entering the halftime break, the game remained a 1-1 tie, but a second Wallace goal put Xavier ahead six minutes into the second period. Off a feed from XUs Steven Barten, Wallace fired the ball past Wisconsin goalkeeper Eric Hanson to give the Musketeers a 2-1 lead.
Down one goal, the Badgers rallied back for the tie game off of Van Sicklens second goal and fifth of the season. Taking a solid ball from sophomore Ryan Nord, Van Sicklen dribbled the ball upfield thirty yards beating two Xavier defensemen to put the ball under Schaeper for the needed Badger goal.
The game remained tied at two goals a piece for the next thirty minutes and seemed destined for an overtime period. However, Xavier took advantage of a fatigued Badger squad at 88:34 as Musketeer Andy Farrell scored the game-winning goal past Hanson for the 3-2 final score.
The Badgers, now 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten, return home to host their second Big Ten opponent of the season. Wisconsin will look to improve its Big Ten conference record against No. 12 Penn State, Sunday, Oct. 6 at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Game time is 12 p.m.