Senior Nick Caronna and sophomore Brian Bultman contributed to the Wisconsin mens soccer team on Wednesday evening, scoring the teams two goals, though they were not enough to beat Oakland University, as the Badgers fell 3-2 at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
The Badgers (5-6-5 overall, 0-3-2 Big Ten) took an early lead with a goal scored by Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.). Caronna received the back from teammate Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) off a free kick and headed it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Oakland (8-5-2, 4-0 Summit) responded exactly two minutes later, however, and tied the score at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Piotr Nowak scored on a 20-yard shot at the top of the box that was redirected of a defenders foot and found the back of the net.
The score was tied for the rest of first half until Oakland scored with six seconds remaining. Endre Osnes received a ball from Martin Sandell on a restart and shot from the right corner of the box into the far post to give the Golden Grizzlies the 2-1 advantage.
After taking the lead just before halftime, Oakland returned in the second half with momentum. In the 57th minute, Osnes received a through ball from Nowak and scored again for Oakland, raising the score to 3-1.
Wisconsin did find a spark, however, in the 70th minute. Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) found Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.) on a free kick, who created the play with a nicely placed header to the center of the box, where Bultman (Tucson, Ariz.) finished it off to close the gap to 3-2.
Despite an increased intensity in the last 20 minutes, the Badgers were not able to find the net again for the tie to play into overtime.
The team will play again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 against Illinois-Chicago at Flames Field in Chicago. This will be UWs last non-conference play before wrapping up the season with a final Big Ten home game on Sunday, Nov. 4 against Indiana.