The Wisconsin mens soccer team allowed just one shot on goal to Western Illinois in Wednesdays non-conference matchup, but that was all the Leathernecks needed to steal a 1-0 win at the McClimon Complex.
Cosimo Patanos unassisted goal in the 49th minute was the difference-maker in a game that saw the Badgers dominate in every statistical category except the one that counts most: goals. The UW was shut out for just the second time this season despite owning a decisive 18-7 advantage in total shots.
Only two of those shots were on goal, but another pair of chances caromed off the goal itself. Juniors athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz and athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado both had a shot on goal, while athid=6008&deptid=122"> --> Bryan Gerster put a header off the far post in the 66th minute and athid=6004&deptid=122"> --> Brandon Miller s header in the 71st minute hit the crossbar.
All four of those chances came in the second half, when the Badgers dominated possession and owned an 11-2 advantage in shots. They also had six corner kicks in the period.
It took us a little too long to pick up the pace and be the aggressor, UW head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. It wasnt until their guy hit an unbelievable shot and our backs were against the wall a little bit that we picked up the tempo.
The last 30 minutes of the game, we clearly dominated but just couldnt get the goal.
Outside of the volley Patano uncorked from 30 yards out to give the Leathernecks their 1-0 lead just after halftime, WIU never got a good look at the net. Strong possession by the Badgers meant that UW goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath finished without a save for the first time in his two-year career as a Badger.
Wednesdays result was a reversal of the teams last meeting, when the Badgers claimed a 1-0 win over WIU on Oct. 4, 2006. The Badgers, mired in a four-game winless streak, saw their record slide to 4-3-2 with the loss, while the Leathernecks improved to 7-2-1 on the year.
The Badgers now turn their attention back to the Big Ten Conference race, traveling to East Lansing, Mich., for a matchup with Michigan State on Sunday. Game time is set for noon.