The Badgers are back on the winning track.
Four first-period goals helped the Wisconsin mens soccer team shake off its recent scoring slump, as the Badgers put a convincing end to their five-game winless streak with a 4-0 shutout of in-state rival UW-Milwaukee Wednesday at the McClimon Complex.
Junior forward athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz had a pair of goals to lead the way for the UW, while freshmen athid=7223&deptid=122"> --> Colin Monasterio and athid=6599&deptid=122"> --> Cale Cooper each tallied the first scores of the collegiate careers. The result was the Badgers first victory since they downed Cal State Northridge on Sept. 12 and put the team back above the .500 mark for the season.
We wanted to come out tonight and put at least a couple in the back of the net, make a statement early that were getting back on the right track, said Lorenz, who pushed his-team leading goal total to five for the season.
After putting up just three goals in their previous five matches, the Badgers broke out of their scoring funk with their most productive offensive outing of the year. The season-high four goals was the most for the UW since a 4-0 win over Northern Illinois on Sept. 26, 2007.
Lorenz also became the first Badger to notch multiple goals in a game since Dirk Pearson had a pair in that win over NIU.
It was part of a dominant offensive effort that saw the Badgers finish with a 19-9 advantage in shots including a 13-2 margin in the first half as well as a 7-3 lead in corner kicks.
We finally quantified what we thought we could do, said Jeff Rohrman, who improved to 3-2-2 against his alma mater as the Badgers head coach. I was glad we were able to capitalize.
Monasterio opened the Badgers first-half barrage with a spectacular blast from the back of the goalie box off a corner kick in the fourth minute. Seniors athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix and athid=5601&deptid=122"> --> Zack Lambo assisted on the freshmans first career score, which also was the fastest goal by the Badgers this season.
Lorenz then doubled the lead nine minutes later with a perfectly-placed free kick from 22 yards out and Cooper followed with a header off an assist by athid=6608&deptid=122"> --> Austin Spohn in the 16th minute.
Lorenz added his second score with a header in the 35th minute, as Dix set up the goal with his second assist of the night.
I think were combining better, looking to score and being more aggressive around the net, Lorenz said. Wed been a little too passive, settling for shots from 25 (yards) out rather than trying to get into the box and put them on target.
On defense, the Badgers put up their third shutout of the season, with junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath playing 75 scoreless minutes in goal. Horwath was relieved for the first time this year and combined with sophomore Ryan Vint for the shutout.
The duo faced just three shots on goal, thanks to strong play from the Badgers back line.
We defended with a purpose and didnt give (the Panthers) much time or space to play in, Rohrman said. If we can get that kind of effort, that kind of defensive pressure and commitment to doing it well both offensively and defensively, were going to be a tough team for anybody.
After finally breaking out offensively, the Badgers (5-4-2, 0-2-1 Big Ten) are now tasked with scoring against a team that leads the nation with a 0.17 goals-against average and has allowed just two goals in 11 games this season. No. 2-ranked Northwestern looms next as the Badgers delve back into their conference schedule with a 1 p.m. match on Sunday at the McClimon Complex.
Regardless of who was next, I think it was important for us to not only play well, but to score some goals and see some reward for our hard work, Rohrman said. Weve been playing this well for two weeks, but tonight we finished the chances we created.
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