Scoring difficulties continue for the University of Wisconsin mens soccer team who lost 1-0 against Ohio State in its Big Ten opener Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss drops the Badgers to 0-1-0 in conference and 3-6-0 overall, while lifting Ohio State to 4-4-1 on the season and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play.
I thought we played as a team today, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the difficult loss. Its unfortunate not to get the result we were looking for. I thought we deserved at least a tie. We had a few great chances, but it just didnt go our way.
Although Wisconsin had 14 shots and four corner kicks, once again, the team was unable to find the back of the net. Seniors David Martinez and Nick Van Sicklen had two shots on goal apiece leading the offensive attack for Wisconsin. A myriad of other Badgers kept pressure on Ohio State goal keeper Ray Burse Jr., but he would not relent, finishing with seven saves on the day.
OSUs Eric Schweback scored the only goal at 27:34 when he slotted a ball into the lower corner of the net from six yards out after a double assist from teammates Zavier Balc and Peter Withers.
Despite the loss, Rohrman remained positive and said Wisconsins play has been improving from one game to the next. The Badgers schedule, however, will not be getting any easier. Wisconsin will travel back home to face off against state-rival UW-Milwaukee (3-2-3) on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
Going into Wednesday against UW-Milwaukee we are going to have to take our play up a few more notches, Rorhman said.
Once the Badgers get past the Panthers, the Nittany Lions of Penn State (5-1-4) await them on Sunday, Oct 10. at 1 p.m. in Madison. Penn State is currently No. 3 in the nation according to NSCAA/adidas rankings and will give the Badgers a battle. Stay tuned to uwbadgers.com for upcoming game results.