The UW mens soccer team (5-10-0, 0-4-0 Big Ten) lost to Big Ten foe Michigan 4-2 in Ann Arbor Sunday. Wisconsins Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) and William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.) both scored goals in the Badger loss.
We came out really strong in both halves, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. I thought after starting strong we were in good shape, but we didnt respond to goals like we should have, and didnt play consistent throughout the game.
Wisconsins first goal only seven minutes into the game from Bagayoko came off an assist from Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) after the ball was centered and deflected off a Michigan defender.
Michigan then responded with four straight goals and the Badgers werent able to catch up. MUs Ryan Streba scored two goals early in the second half to put the game away for the Wolverines, capitalizing off of assists from Jake Stacy on his first and Ryan Alexander and Kevin Hall on the second. Finding himself in front of the Badger net, Streba was able to score two goals on only three shots in the game.
It is tough having to play catch up the entire game, said Rohrman. We played okay, we had a few really nice opportunities in the second half to close the gap, but we just couldnt convert. Converting opportunities into goals has been our problem all year, and is what we need to consistently work on.
Late in the game, Diaz was able to find the net off a restart in play and record his fourth goal of the season and now leads the team in the category.
Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) recorded four saves, while allowing four goals in the start after not playing last week against Marquette. Sophomore keeper Mike Hood (La Crosse, Wis.) replaced Settle late in the game and had two saves in 12 minutes of play.
Michigan goalkeeper Peter Dzubay recorded three saves while allowing only one UW goal in the early minutes of the game. Replacing Dzubay in goal with 15 minutes to play, Ryan Bennet recorded four saves and allowed Diazs goal in the 78th minute.
The Badger are next in action Sunday Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. as they welcome defending Big Ten Tournament Champions, Michigan State to Madison.