The UW mens soccer team lost its seventh straight game Friday night falling to Indiana 5-2. The men dropped to 4-9-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the Big Ten. Setting an attendance record for the season as well as sliding into the top-10 all-time at the McClimon Soccer Complex, the game was seen by 1,589 soccer fans.
Scoring early in the game, Indianas Lee Nguyen scored off a penalty kick after a Wisconsin defender committed a foul in the goal box. Only five minutes later the same situation fell into the hands of UWs Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) as he slide his own penalty kick by Indiana goalkeeper Chris Munroe.
After only five minutes passed, the Hoosiers answered with a goal from Brian Plotkin off an assist from Jordon Chirico to take the lead back in the 24th minute. Once again the Badgers answered with three minutes to go in the half. Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) served the ball in front of the Hoosier goal to Matthew Jelacic (Brookfield, Wis.) who skipped the ball off his head to a breaking Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.) who was able to power the ball just left of Munroe for the Badgers second goal.
I think we had to weather the storm for the first 10 minutes or so before we warmed up, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We were a little quiet and lacked the intensity defensively. But after that we were in it. I thought we played very well in the first half.
After a thrilling first half of balanced soccer from both teams, Indiana broke away early in the second half to seal the game. Two goals by Jacob Peterson in the first 12 minutes of the half put the game away off assists from Greg Stevning and Lee Nguyen. Adding the Hoosiers fifth and final goal, Jordon Chirico scored in the 63rd minute of play after receiving the ball cross field from Brian Plotkin.
In the second we just didn't put it together as well, said Rohrman. I think a couple of the goals we gave up were soft. We gave them the chances instead of making them earn it. That's not something we've done this season. We've been good at making our opponents earn their goals prior to today. I was happy to see us compete for 45 minutes, but we needed to continue for the full 90.
Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) recorded eight saves, tying his career high. Indianas Munroe ended the game with five saves helping the Hoosiers improve to 8-1-3 overall and 2-1-1 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers win marked the 12th straight game in which they have defeated the Badgers, dating back to 1995.
The Badger men will next be in action Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the McClimon Soccer Complex when they take on in-state rival Marquette at 7 p.m.