For the second time in eight days, the Wisconsin mens soccer team saw a late penalty kick wash away its bid for a Big Ten Conference win.
The Badgers are still in search of their first conference triumph after Michigan States Doug DeMartin punched in the game-winner on a penalty kick with six minutes to play Sunday, giving the Spartans a 1-0 win in Sundays contest at DeMartin Stadium.
DeMartin, the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, put home his conference-leading 10th goal of the season in the 85th minute. In the process, he extended the Badgers overall winless streak to five and dropped the UW to 0-2-1 in league play (4-4-2 overall).
The loss came in an all-too-familiar fashion for the Badgers, who watched a win vaporize in a similar fashion last Saturday when they settled for a 1-1 tie with Michigan after the Wolverines evened the score on a penalty-kick goal with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Badgers were defeated despite owning a 18-14 lead in shots, the second time in as many games they have lost despite out-shooting their opponent. The UW has out-shot six of its 10 opponents, owning a 2-2-2 mark in those contests.
Junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz led the way for the Badgers with six shots, including four shots on goal, while senior athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix finished with four shots and reserve athid=6608&deptid=122"> --> Austin Spohn had three. Junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath , who leads the Big Ten in saves, finished with five while playing all 90 minutes in goal.
Michigan State goalie Avery Steinlage recorded six saves for the Spartans (5-4-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten), who pushed their unbeaten streak against the Badgers to three games.
The UW now turns its attention to a pair of home games this week, as the Badgers entertain in-state rival UW-Milwaukee in a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday at the McClimon Complex, before taking on No. 3 Northwestern at 1 p.m. Sunday.