Goals by Reid Johnson and Pablo Delgado twice gave the UW mens soccer team a lead in the second half of Tuesdays game against UW-Green Bay, but they were unable to hold on in the end, falling to the Phoenix, 3-2, at McClimon Soccer Complex.
Johnson (Mequon, Wis.), who had been honored along with eight other Wisconsin seniors prior to the game as part of the programs senior day, was the first player to find the net.
After a scoreless first half, fellow senior William Bagayoko passed the ball from the middle of the 18-yard box to his left. Johnson played the ball, and knocked it straight into the lower right post in the 47th minute.
After a goal from UW-Green Bays Mike McCormack tied the contest up two minutes later, the Badgers (9-6-2, 3-1-1) were able to regain their lead with the help of Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain).
In the 57th minute, Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) blasted a shot to the middle of the net. It was saved by the goalkeeper, but bounced straight out to Delgado, who was positioned inside the 18-yard box. Delgado wasted no time, immediately drilling it straight back. This time, the ball made it past the Phoenix goaltender, putting Wisconsin up by a score of 2-1.
The Badgers, however, would find themselves unable to hold onto the lead.
In the 72nd minute, an Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) hand-ball in Wisconsins box resulted in both a red card for UW, and a penalty kick for the Phoenix.
UW-Green Bays Tosaint Ricketts was able to convert on the penalty kick and tie the game up.
The Phoenix (12-6-0) were able to come up with the game-winner when Dan OBrien used a fast break to chip in a shot just over UW goalkeeper Jake Settles (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) head.
The Badgers now must attempt to put their loss behind them, and focus on Fridays (Oct. 27) important contest against Indiana.
The two teams are currently tied at 3-1-1 for first place in the Big Ten. Fridays outcome will determine the outright Big Ten regular season champion of the 2006 season.
UW has not won the conference title since 1995, the same year that they won the NCAA championship.
The game will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 27) in Bloomington, Ind., at Armstrong Stadium.