An early goal by sophomore Aaron Witchger was all the Wisconsin mens soccer team needed to defeat the DePaul Blue Demons in Chicago, Sunday afternoon, 1-0. The win boosts the Badgers to 6-7-0 and 1-2-0 in Big Ten Conference play, while DePaul drops to 2-11-3 and 0-5-1 in Conference USA.
It feels great to get a win, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the game. We played well in the first half, and had the right approach and attitude. Im quite pleased with our performance today.
The game-winning goal came just minutes into the first half, at 8:57, when senior forward Nick Van Sicklen found Witchger open on the left side of the box. Witchger calmly collected the ball and ripped a shot from 15 yards out past DePaul goalkeeper Brian Allen. Wisconsins offense kept the pressure on the Blue Demon backfield all game, with Witchger leading the way with four of the Badgers 12 shots.
We played really well as a team today, Witchger said, and there was a great set up by Van Sicklen on my goal.
In addition to Wisconsins offensive effort, the defense was instrumental in preserving a victory. Senior goalkeeper Eric Hanson finished with one save on the day, and led the defense to their first shut out of the year. As a unit, the backline only allowed three DePaul shots.
Up next for Wisconsin is No. 22 Michigan (8-2-3, 0-1-0 Big Ten) at home on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:00 p.m in a crucial Big Ten match-up. The Badgers have not had much success against Michigan in the past, with a 1-4 all-time record, so a win Friday is important.
This game gives us great momentum heading into Fridays game against Michigan, Witchger said. We just need to bring maximum intensity and passion to the game next game.
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