A goal by sophomore midfielder Kenny Dix in the 26th minute proved to be the difference as the Wisconsin mens soccer team defeated Marquette 1-0 Wednesday evening at Valley Fields in Milwaukee.
Dix (Atlanta, Ga.) took a pass from junior Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.), faked a return pass, and then curled a left-footed shot to the far post from 22 yards out at the 25:21 mark of the first half.
Dixs goal, the first of his career, was all that the Badgers (8-4-2 overall, 2-1-1 Big Ten) would need as they won for the fourth time in their last five games.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) made three saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season and the 10th of his career. Settle is now tied for sixth in school history in shutouts in a season and eighth in career shutouts.
Settles counterpart, Marc Dettmann, did everything he could to keep the Golden Eagles (1-12-1) in the game, stopping 10 shots. However, for the sixth consecutive match, Marquette was unable to score a goal.
Head coach Jeff Rohrman was very pleased with the way his team responded to a sub-par showing in a 2-0 loss to Ohio State on Sunday.
Overall it was a very good performance on our part, Rohrman said. We played the way we are capable of tonight. We did the little things well and it was certainly our best performance in the past couple weeks.
We had two good days of training this week, Rohrman continued, and our guys did a tremendous job of rebounding from Sundays game. Now were looking forward to Penn State on Sunday and getting back to Big Ten play.
The Badgers return to conference action when they play host to Penn State on Sunday. Kickoff at McClimon Soccer Complex is slated for noon.