An early goal by Victor Diaz did not prove to be enough as the Wisconsin mens soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Ohio State at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Saturday evening.
The loss dropped UWs overall record to 5-5-3 and lowered the team to 0-3-1 in Big Ten play. Ohio State improved to 9-3-2 overall and 2-1-0 in the Big Ten.
The Badgers established a rhythm early in the first half when Diaz (Madrid, Spain) received a long ball from Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) in the 10th minute, dribbled up the right side and beat a defender with a step-over to shoot the ball past Ohio State goalkeeper Casey Latchem, giving Wisconsin an early 1-0 lead.
Ohio State gradually gained more control, however, and in the 32nd minute, Doug Verhoff tied the game with a shot off a scramble in the box after a free kick.
Wisconsin had an opportunity to take a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute when Miller was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick, however Diaz was unable to convert it into a goal.
Neither team scored again until the second half. After a number of saves, Ohio States Matt Gold took a shot from across the top of the 18 in the 66th minute that UW goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) was unable to block. The shot hit the right post and deflected in for the second OSU goal, raising the score to 2-1.
Wisconsin could not find the back of the net throughout the rest of the game. Brian Bultman (Tucson, Ariz.) attempted to set up an attack from the right side of the field, driving the ball down the goal line into the center of the box, but Latchem scooped it up. Dirk Pearson (South Barrington, Ill.) also had two chips from center field into scoring range that were unable to be converted into goals.
Horwath made four saves to Latchems one during the game.
The Badgers will play at home again at the McClimon Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Oct. 17 against Marquette at 7 p.m.