Riding high on Wednesdays emotional victory over UW-Milwaukee, the Wisconsin mens soccer team went in to University Park, Pa. on Sunday with similar determination and came away with a 1-0 victory over the No. 15 Penn State Nittany Lions. Freshman Aaron Hohlbein scored the game-winning goal for the Badgers on a direct free-kick.
Going away on the road playing a team like Penn State, you hope youre able to get a goal, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. And luckily for us, we did.
The games lone goal came in the 33rd minute, when junior forward Jed Hohlbein was fouled 22 yards in front of the Penn State goal. After some brotherly disagreement, Aaron, the younger Hohlbein, took the kick and drilled the ball to the upper-left corner of the net to lead the Badgers to victory.
[Penn State] had the better play in the first half, Rohrman said. But we had the better chances and were able to execute.
I didnt think Penn State had any overly dangerous chances. They had a couple headers that went wide, but we were able to shut them down.
Sundays victory over PSU (6-4-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) marks the sixth time Wisconsin (7-6-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) has blanked its opponent, and is the third shutout in the Badgers last four games. Wisconsin now leads the Big Ten in team shutouts, while junior goalkeeper Eric Hanson is tops in the conference with five individual shutout victories.
We played with the same emotion as we did in Milwaukee, Hanson said. It was a real big win for us.
The game was a hard battle on both ends, Aaron Hohlbein said. Everybody played with their hearts.
Wisconsin looks to maintain its positive momentum as it returns home to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.
Penn State: 0-00
First Period: 1, UW, Aaron Hohlbein (unassisted, off direct kick), 32:14.
Second Period: None.
Saves: UW, Eric Hanson 5; PSU, Matt Novchich 5.