The Wisconsin mens soccer team lost its second straight game, 1-0 in a hard-fought match against Northern Illinois Wednesday afternoon at Huskie Soccer Field. The loss drops the Badgers to 3-5-0 on the season, while NIU improves to 7-3-0.
I thought we played pretty well but we still have to do better in the attacking half, said head coach Jeff Rorhman. I think they scored a pretty opportunistic goal, and we have to create more chances, and put them away.
The NIU goal came with minutes left in the second half amongst chaos in the Wisconsin 20-yard box. A missed breakaway shot was deflected back into the mix, and before the Badger defense could pounce on the loose ball, NIUs Curt Zastrow sent it to the back of the net at 85:21.
Sophomores Aaron Witchger and Hamid Afsari lead the Badger attack with three shots a piece, but NIU goalkeeper Steve Goeltz would not relent. Wisconsin missed the presence of leading goal-scorer Jed Hohlbein, who did not play due to injury.
Rorhman was please with the teams effort despite the loss and commended Dirk Pearson, Reid Johnson and Aaron Hohlbein for their efforts. He also praised the midfield for a solid second half, but stressed the importance of creating and finishing scoring opportunities.
Its frustrating, but were going to get turned around, Rohrman said. There is too much talent here, and we have to look forward to the Big Ten season. The season is starting this weekend and we have to put this behind us and go forward.
Wisconsin will play its Big Ten Conference opener in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday Oct. 3 against Ohio State (3-4-1) at 1 p.m. In 2003, Ohio State visited the Badgers for the first conference game and won 1-0. Sunday Wisconsin will be out for revenge.