Despite holding a 9-2 edge in shots in the second half, the Wisconsin mens soccer team was unable to find the back of the net, falling to No. 7 Northwestern 3-0 Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
With the loss, the Badgers dropped to 5-4-2 overall and 0-2-1 in Big Ten play this season. In addition, Wisconsins record against ranked opponents fell to 2-1-1.
After a lackluster first half that saw the Badgers allow two goals, Wisconsin came out attacking in the second half. Besides the advantage in shots, UW attempted five corner kicks compared to zero for the Wildcats (8-1-1, 2-1-0).
The effort and intensity and emotion were all there in the second half, but unfortunately it took us too long to find them, head coach Jeff Rohrman said following the game.
Northwesterns Mark Blades opened the scoring in the fourth minute when his volley from 10 yards beat UW keeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.). The goal was his second of the season.
Northwestern took a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute when Geoff Fallons right-footed volley from 20 yards out took a deflection and rolled into the lower left corner.
The lead became 3-0 in the 55th minute after David Roth curled a left-footed free kick from just outside the box curled over the wall and past Horwath.
Wisconsin had multiple opportunities to break the shutout, including a long-range drive from Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.) and a low shot by B.J. Goodman (Lake Orion, Mich.) from inside the box, but the Badgers were held scoreless for the second straight game.
UW returns to action Oct. 10 when it travels to in-state rival UW-Milwaukee. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Engelmann Field. The Badgers then return home to face Ohio State at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Our guys are going to be motivated to bounce back after two tough Big Ten games and Milwaukee always gives us a good match, Rohrman said of the upcoming game with the Panthers.