The Wisconsin mens soccer team (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) lost to Ohio State (6-3-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 overtime game. The game was played in front of 1,382 people at the McClimon Soccer Complex, which is the most the men have seen at home yet this season.
Our guys played pretty well, but I still think that we can do better going forward, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We need to score more than one goal. We can't let a team that has played five games in 10 days come in and get a win.
Wisconsins B.J. Goodman (Lake Orion, Mich.) scored the first goal of the game in the 39th minute as he capitalized on an Ohio State miscue then beat the defender to the goal and found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Goodmans goal was the only one that Ohio State goalkeeper Ray Burse let by as he recorded five saves.
After a 1-0 lead at the half, the Wisconsin defense gave up a goal in the 57th minute of play as Ohio States Kevin Nugent scored the equalizer off assists from Ryan Kustos and Jim Fisher. The Badgers then held the Ohio State offense for the rest of regulation. Four minutes into overtime the Badgers turned the ball over and Ohio State had a two on one as Brent Rohrer snuck past the last defender and got the ball past Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
Settle recorded two saves off of Ohio States 11 shots. The Badgers have now lost their last four games, which marks the first time since 2002 they have lost four in a row. They look to get back on the right track as they take on UW-Milwaukee Tuesday. The Badgers kick off against UWM at 3 p.m. at Engelmann Field.
In some ways I'd like to have a chance to train and maybe improve in some areas, said Rohrman. At the same time, there are some positives in playing Tuesday because we can rebound right away with a good performance. The guys have got to bring it Tuesday.