For the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin mens soccer team found a way to beat the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday at Milwaukees Englemann Field. Junior midfielder David Martinez scored the games only goal off a Nick Van Sicklen assist.
Our guys played their hearts out, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. They played a smart, intelligent game, and we were able to finish one good chance that we got.
That chance came in the 40th minute, when Van Sicklen beat several Milwaukee defenders down the left side of the field to feed the ball to Martinez. Martinez then turned and fired the ball into the upper-right corner of the Panthers goal to provide all the offense the Badgers (6-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) would need.
Wisconsins defense preserved the shutout victory throughout the second half, stopping Milwaukee (7-4-0, 2-0-0 Horizon League) on every drive. Junior goalkeeper Eric Hanson, who had missed the Badgers previous two games, was perfect in the net, collecting six saves in his return. Wednesdays shutout was Hansons third of the year, and put him in a tie for first in the category in the Big Ten.
It was a big win, Hanson said. It was very emotional. We finally put together a complete game.
Its a credit to the way weve battled, Rohrman said. Its a credit to the team that they found a way to win a big game.
With Wednesdays win, Wisconsin improves to .500 on the season, and hopes to do the same in conference, when they travel to University Park, Pa. on Sunday to take on the conference-opponent Penn State Nittany Lions.
Ohio State 0-00
First Period: 1, UW, David Martinez (Nick Van Sicklen), 39:03.
Second Period: None.
Saves: UW, Eric Hanson 6; UWM, Kirk Thode 6.