The Wisconsin mens soccer team played a hard-fought match against Michigan State on Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex, but fell 3-0 in its Big Ten home opener.
The game was physical and fast-paced throughout its duration, but despite UWs efforts, the team was unable to get on the scoreboard. Despite being held without a goal, the Badgers (5-3-2 overall, 0-1-1 Big Ten) doubled the Spartans (6-0-2, 1-0-1) in shots (16-8), and had 10 corner kicks to MSUs two.
After back-and-forth play for the first 32 minutes, Michigan States Kevin Reiman received a cross from teammate Kenzo Webster and drove a shot past Wisconsin goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.), putting the Spartans up 1-0.
Thirty-five seconds later, the Spartans doubled their lead when Doug DeMartin chipped the ball over Horwath, raising the score to 2-0.
Wisconsin fought for a goal in the second half, taking nine shots and six corner kicks, but could not find the back of the net. There were multiple close calls; Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) took a strong shot from the left corner of the box that was just past the far post, and Bryan Gerster (Dacula, Ga.) fired a shot after he received a ball from B.J. Goodman (Lake Orion, Mich.) directly in front of the goal that was deflected by MSUs goalkeeper Chris Austin.
With 11 minutes remaining, DeMartin scored Michigan States final goal with a high shot over Horwaths hands from the center of the box. Down 3-0, the Badgers struggled for a goal, but time ran out before they could get on the scoreboard.
Since the start of last season, the Badgers are now 3-1-0 at Big Ten play. They had not lost a Big Ten game at home since Oct. 14, 2005 when the team fell 5-2 to Indiana.
Wisconsin will travel to Evanston, Illinois to play Northwestern in its third Big Ten match on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.