The Wisconsin mens soccer team (4-7-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) lost to in-state rival UW-Milwaukee 2-0 Tuesday afternoon in Milwaukee. The Badgers have six conference games and one non-conference game remaining on their schedule.
Overall we played a very solid game, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We got beat on two good breaks, with a penalty kick and a fast break off one of our corner kicks. They only had two shots and they made them both, so we played well, they just got us on those two shots.
The team hasnt won since Sept. 18 when they beat Butler 1-0. The Badgers have not lost five in a row since 1999, when the team dropped six straight in the middle of the season, and went on to finish the season 6-13-1. The Badgers last lost to the Panthers came in 2002 by a score of 1-0 in overtime.
The Panthers scored the first goal of the game and the game-winner as Neil Dombrowski hit a penalty kick past UW goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in the 29th minute. Only five minutes into the second half the Panthers scored again as Andre Francois scored on a breakaway off an assist from Craig Mallace.
Once again the Badgers beat their opponents statistically, but were unable to score for the third time in five games. UW out-shot UWM 18-12 along with taking more corner kicks (6-3) and committing fewer fouls.
Captain Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) led the Badger offensive attack with seven shots with two on goal as well as attempting a penalty kick that was saved by Panther goalkeeper Grant Fernstrum. Freshman Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) also contributed three shots, one of which was on goal.
We really dominated play, but we just got unlucky and things didnt fall our way, said Rohrman. Hopefully we can take this momentum of good play into the next game
The Badgers return to Big Ten play as they take on Penn State in University Park, Pa. at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.