The No. 22 Wisconsin mens soccer team saw its unbeaten streak snapped at six games when it fell to Ohio State 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The Badgers (7-4-2 overall, 2-1-1 Big Ten), who had been 4-0-2 in their last six contests, conceded two goals in the first half to the Buckeyes (6-5-2, 2-1-0) and were unable to even the score in the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) made five saves, matching his high for the season. He also stopped five shots against Lipscomb on Sept. 1.
It wasnt a good day for us, head coach Jeff Rohrman said following the loss. Ohio State had a couple great strikes and really took advantage of their opportunities. Aside from those couple chances, I thought the game was pretty even although we didnt perform at the level were capable of.
Dustin Kirby got the Buckeyes first chance and opened the scoring for OSU with a drive from 35 yards out 27:32 into the contest. The goal was the first of the season for the senior defender.
With that goal, Settle and the Badgers saw their shutout streak end at 464 minutes, 11 seconds. Settle had not allowed a goal since early in the second half against UW-Milwaukee on Sept. 20.
Ryan Kustos doubled Ohio States lead 10 minutes later when he gathered a rebound and knocked it in off of the far post.
Junior Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) led Wisconsin with two shots in 61 minutes of action.
Rohrman and the Badgers will now shift their focus to a mid-week tilt against in-state rival Marquette.
We had an off day today and were really looking forward to getting back on the field on Wedenesday, Rohrman said.
The Badgers return to action Oct. 11 when they head to Milwaukee to face Marquette. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields.