Three different players on the Wisconsin mens soccer team scored to give the Badgers a commanding 4-1 victory over in-state rival University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wednesday night at Phoenix Field. The win lifts the Badgers to 7-8-0, and 1-3-0 in the Big Ten, while Green Bay drops to 5-9-2 on the season.
It was nice to see a balanced attack, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the victory. If we can get scoring from a few different people and contribution from the midfielders it helps a lot.
Despite 50 total fouls, which interrupted the flow of the game, the Badgers were able to mount an impressive offensive attack, scoring two goals in each half and involving five Wisconsin players.
Senior tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen led the way for the Badgers once again, finishing the game with two goals and one assist. The first came at 17:06 as Van Sicklen scored from five yards out off a double-assist from teammates Noah Goerlitz and B.J. Goodman. Van Sicklens goal was the equalizer, for Green Bay jumped out early with a Glenn Herzog score at 6:14.
The Badgers continued their ferocious attack with a goal from B.J. Goodman just minutes later at 22:01. Van Sicklen sent a long ball through to Goodman who pushed the ball past Green Bay goalkeeper Pat Czuprynski to close out the first half scoring.
Sophomore Reid Johnson also had a solid game offensively, notching both a goal and assist in the second half for the Badgers. His goal came at 78:37 after Matt Jelacic flicked the ball from midfield up to Johnson who finished from six yards out. Johnson also assisted the final Badger goal of the night at 83:22 when he sent a through ball to Van Sicklen, who slotted it home for his second goal of the game.
Reid played really well, Rohrman said. Hes a kid who has given us some valuable minutes and can score a couple of different ways. He is also a good passer of the ball.
The Badger defensive effort should not be ignored as the backline limited the Phoenix to just seven total shots, only three of which were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Eric Hanson recorded two saves in the game.
Up next for the Badgers is a Big Ten Conference match-up against Michigan State at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 in East Lansing, Mich. The Badgers have had success against Michigan State in the past with an all-time record of 17-5-3.
Michigan State is going to be a very good opponent, Rohrman said. Theyve had some great results and theyve been very competitive. They are going to be a hard working team. We need to come out the same way weve been approaching the last four to five games. If we do that well get our scoring chances and will hopefully put them away.
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