Senior athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz s first-minute goal set the tone for the Wisconsin mens soccer team Monday, and the Badgers stifled UW-Green Bay for the next 89 minutes on their way to a 2-0 win over the Phoenix at the McClimon Complex.
Diaz also assisted on athid=6006&deptid=122"> --> Taylor Waspi s goal in the 43rd minute to help the Badgers complete a season sweep of their in-state rivals. The Badgers had previously downed UW-Milwaukee (Oct. 8) and Marquette (Oct. 15) and now own wins over all three in-state rivals in the same season for the first time since 2004.
Overall, the Badgers are unbeaten in their last seven contests against the three other NCAA Division I programs from the state of the Wisconsin.
The team played really well, Diaz said. Offensively and defensively the team did a great job and thats what we needed, to play that type of game with that intensity.
Diaz wasted no time putting the Badgers (7-6-2) on top with his second goal of the year, taking a pass from junior athid=6004&deptid=122"> --> Brandon Miller and slotting a shot inside the back post just 41 seconds into the contest. Junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz also assisted on the goal.
It was the best start you could imagine, said Diaz, who made his first start since Oct. 1. It was good to get some confidence because Ive been out for some games, and when you score, your confidence just gets better.
The Badgers are now 7-1-1 in games in which they get on the scoreboard first.
Weve had a habit of starting slow, and that was one thing we wanted to change, Miller said. We stuck some numbers in the midfield to try to get some possession, and we got forward really well.
The Badgers kept the heat on throughout the period, finishing with 11 shots in the opening half. Waspi converted one of those chances into the UWs second score in the 43rd minute, taking a ball from Diaz off a set piece and putting a header past Green Bay keeper Adam Stikl.
Diazs performance moved him into a tie for 10th on the Badgers all-time lists in both assists (15) for his career) and game-winning goals (6).
Despite only taking three shots and going without a corner kick in a scoreless second period, the Badgers kept the clamps on UW-Green Bay defensively to secure their fifth shutout of the season. The Phoenix (4-7-3) were held to just eight shots for the match and failed to put a shot on goal.
Junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath wasnt called on to make any saves but registered his fourth shutout in goal of the season to move into eighth on the UW career shutouts list.
We brought a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of passion, said UW head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman . When you bring those intangibles, good things happen.
The Badgers finished with 14 shots for the match, including a game-high four from Miller, who put three of those chances on goal.
After improving to 7-2-1 in non-conference games, the Badgers now turn their attention to snapping a 12-game winless streak in Big Ten Conference play in a Sunday matchup with Penn State. The UWs last league win came in a 2-0 triumph over the Nittany Lions on Oct. 15, 2006.
Sundays contest also serves as Senior Day for the Badgers, who will honor Diaz, athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix , athid=5601&deptid=122"> --> Zack Lambo and athid=5600&deptid=122"> --> Andy Miller prior to the 12:30 p.m. contest at the McClimon Complex.
We have all the ingredients to do well, Diaz said. We just need to bring it for the whole game.