Senior Erik Ortega scored his first goal of the season in the 10th minute, however the Wisconsin mens soccer team was unable to hold the lead and settled for a 1-1 tie with Marquette Wednesday evening at a rain-soaked McClimon Soccer Complex.
The Badgers (5-5-4 overall) out-shot Marquette 21-16 in the contest and also attempted eight corners to Marquettes three, however they were unable to reclaim the lead after Nick Kay leveled the game in the 73rd minute.
The game needed to be delayed due to lightning with 4:18 left to play in the second overtime. When play resumed 30 minutes later, neither team was able to break the deadlock. With the tie against the Golden Eagles (2-9-2), the Badgers finished the season 0-0-3 against in-state foes UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette.
Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) gave UW a 1-0 lead just 9:33 into the contest. Junior Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) took a Wisconsin free kick from the left corner and placed the ball perfectly on Ortegas head as he made a run to the near post. Diaz earned his team-leading 10th point on the play while the goal was the fourth of Ortegas career.
Wisconsin had numerous opportunities throughout the game to add a second goal, including a chance for sophomore Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain) in the box with three minutes left in the first half. Delgado did not strike the ball cleanly and Marquette keeper Matt Pyzdrowski scooped up the ball.
Marquette tied the game at the 2:39 mark when UW keeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) was unable to control the wet ball and Kay was the first man to reach it and knocked it into the far side of the net.
The Badgers continued to apply pressure, with sophomore Jon Rzepka (Kentwood, Mich.) claiming the best chance late in the second half, however his strike from six yards was stopped by Pyzdrowski.
Neither team was able to generate a clean scoring chance in the two overtime periods, however both keepers were called upon to make one save in the extra 20 minutes. Horwath finished the contest with five total saves while Pyzdrowski stopped four shots.
The Badgers return to the field Oct. 20 when they travel to University Park, Pa., to take on Penn State. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.