The Wisconsin mens soccer team could not pull out a victory against conference rival Michigan, as they lost 2-1 in overtime on a rainy Friday night at McClimon Soccer complex. The loss drops Wisconsin to 6-8-0 on the season and 1-3 in the Big Ten, as Michigan improves to 8-4-2 and 1-2 in conference play.
I thought we played well enough to win the game, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the disappointing loss. We created enough chances to put it away and we didnt do it. I thought our guys played extremely well the entire game and I think we demonstrated what a quality side we are today.
The game-winning goal was scored early in the first overtime period by Trai Blanks at 98:40. He found himself open on the back post off of a double assist from teammates Mychal Turpin and Adam Bruh and sent the ball past Wisconsin goalkeeper Eric Hanson for a dramatic, game-ending victory.
Wisconsins only goal of the game came with minutes left in the second half to force overtime. Freshman midfielder Erik Ortega cut past multiple Michigan defenders before being taken down inside the box. His efforts resulted in a clutch David Martinez penalty kick at 87:10 to send the game into overtime.
Minutes earlier, Michigan scored their first goal off a corner kick at 85:25 when Steve Hecker found the back of the net after a scramble in the Badger box. Although Wisconsin out shot Michigan 11-8 and had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, Michigan goalkeeper Peter Duzbay fiercely defended his net and would not surrender a second goal. He finished the game with three saves.
For the most part I thought our guys defended well, Rohrman said. I thought we played some good, attacking, attractive soccer. I thought unfortunately the better team tonight didnt win.
The Badgers will hit the road once again for games against UW-Green Bay at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 27, and Michigan State at 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 31. Stay tuned for uwbadgers.com for all your Wisconsin mens soccer updates.