Senior Sho Fujitas first goal this season was not enough to give the Wisconsin mens soccer team an edge over UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday evening in a double overtime match resulting in a 1-1 tie at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
This is the second year in a row that the Badgers (5-4-3 overall, 0-2-1 Big Ten) and the Panthers (2-8-2, 2-0-1 Horizon) have played to a tie in double overtime. Last season, the teams battled 110 minutes for a 2-2 tie at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Sept. 20.
After an uneventful first half for both teams, UW put the pressure on UWM when Fujita (West Bloomfield, Mich.) recorded his first goal this season, and the first goal of the game, off a penalty kick in the 60th minute.
The Panthers responded eight minutes later when Colin Baker, assisted by Zeke Dombrowski, played a quick free kick on the ground around a wall from eight yards out to even the score at 1-1.
Throughout the rest of the second half, UW battled to find the back of the net, out-shooting UW-Milwaukee 13 to five in the second half alone. Wisconsin out shot UWM 21 to 11 overall by the end of the 110-minute match.
Wisconsin had three close chances at a second, game-winning goal. In the second half, senior Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) took at close-range shot off a corner kick that was blocked by UWM goalkeeper Grant Fernstrum. Later in the second overtime, sophomore Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) had a chance from six yards out that was just wide of the far post, and 30 seconds later, junior Andy Miller (Barrington, Ill.) nearly scored with a header that hit the crossbar and deflected over the back of the net.
After the intensity of another hard-fought game against the Panthers, the Badgers will shift their focus to resuming Big Ten play in their match against Ohio State on Saturday, October 13 at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.