A hard-fought game against No. 19 Northern Illinois for the UW mens soccer team was not quite enough on Sunday (Oct. 22) at Dekalb, Ill., as Marcus McCartys overtime goal sealed the 1-0 win for the Huskies.
The Badgers (9-5-2, 3-1-1) were able to play tough against the Huskies (12-3-1) for most of the game, but none of it mattered when Marcus McCarty hit a side ball from fifteen-yards out straight into the back of the net. The ball had been bouncing back and forth around the box for a little while until McCarty connected with it in the game's 94th minute.
Kevin Woerner and Fraser Gibson were credited with assists.
Coach Rohrman said that, while the Badgers were close to being able to come out of Dekalb with a win, they didnt have quite enough.
We did some good things, but we just werent sharp enough in some areas to be completely dangerous, Rohrman said. Our possession was good, but we werent quite good enough in the final third.
Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) gave the Huskies their biggest scare, when he rebounded a corner kick at the beginning of overtime. Diaz played the ball and shot it with his left foot, but goalkeeper Joe Zimka was able to make a great save.
Wisconsin now must shift its focus to their home match up against UW-Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 24). The home finale will also mark senior day for the Badgers, when nine members of the team will be honored for the hard work over their careers.
The game will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and will take place at McClimon Soccer Complex.
Following their contest with the Phoenix, Wisconsin has a very important game against Indiana. The Badgers currently find themselves tied with the Hoosiers for first in the Big Ten standings.
The Badgers will head to Indiana on Friday (Oct. 27) for their last regular season game of the 2006 campaign in what will be a battle for the outright Big Ten title. UW has not won the conference title since 1995, the same year that they won the NCAA championship.