No. 3 Indiana wasted no time against the Wisconsin mens soccer team Friday night in Bloomington, scoring the only goal of the game just minutes into play for a 1-0 victory. The loss drops the Badgers to 5-7-0 and 1-2-0 in Big Ten Play, while Indiana improves to 9-2-1 and 4-0 in conference.
I think we played pretty well, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the match. We played much better in the second half then in the first. We were a little tentative in the first.
The Hoosiers refused to give the Badgers enough time to gain momentum before scoring just six minutes into the first half. John Michael Hayden headed in the game-winning goal from the six yard box off a double assist from teammates Jacob Peterson and Mike Ambersley.
Indiana kept the pressure on the Wisconsin defense all game long and out-shot the Badgers 20 to six. They also had seven corner kick opportunities, but the Badger defense stayed strong and did not concede a goal off a set piece. Senior goalkeeper Eric Hanson finished the day with six saves for a solid performance against a dangerous Indiana offense.
The Badgers could not get their offense rolling, however, and put limited pressure on Indianas stand-out goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Although the Hoosiers lead the Big Ten conference in goals allowed per game, the Badgers failed to capitalize on there opportunities including three corner kicks, a missed penalty kick and a David Martinez shot that sailed just over the bar with five minutes left to play. Senior Nick Van Sicklen led the offensive charge for the Badgers with three shots on the night.
The guys played their hearts out and battled well, but in games like this you have to capitalize on your opportunities, Rohrman said. Nick Van Sicklen got in there in the first half, but Nolly did an excellent job protecting his net. On the penalty kick, he guessed right and got the crucial save.
Up next for Wisconsin is a non-conference road game Sunday, October 17th against DePaul at 2:30 p.m in Chicago. The Badgers have been successful in the past against the Blue Demons, leading the all-time series 6-0. Stay tuned to uwbadgers.com for upcoming mens soccer news and results.