Indianas Lee Hagedorns goal in the 78th minute proved to be the difference as the Wisconsin mens soccer team fell to the Hoosiers 1-0 Friday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) made four saves to keep the Badgers (9-7-2 overall, 3-2-1 Big Ten) in the contest. Wisconsin will finish either second or third in the final Big Ten standings depending on the result of Penn States game at Michigan on Saturday evening.
Indiana (12-4-2, 4-1-1) claimed the Big Ten regular season title with the win. The Hoosiers have won nine conference titles in the last 10 years.
Wisconsins best chance of the first half came in the 13th minute when redshirt freshman Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.) drove shot in from 30 yards that curled just wide of the left post.
The Badgers did not register another good scoring opportunity until the last minute of the first half, when Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) launched a shot from the right side of the box that sailed past the far post.
Indiana also had its share of chances in the first 45 minutes. Less than 10 minutes in, John Mellencamp sent a side volley in on goal from the edge of the 18-yard box that Settle stopped by diving to his left.
With less than five minutes left in the first half, Mellencamp again had a chance to break the scoreless tie, but his header went wide of the right post.
The Badgers withstood an IU onslaught to begin the second half. In the 52nd minute, UWs defensive backline blocked two shots in succession from inside the 18-yard box. Six minutes later, Settle again needed to dive to his left to tip a low shot around the post. Less than two minutes later, in the 60th minute, Wisconsin watched as a Hoosier shot from 10 yards out missed wide to the right.
Freshman Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain) recorded Wisconsins first shot of the second half, a right-footed drive from 20 yards out that curled just wide of the upper left corner at the 62-minute mark.
Conklin had another chance to give UW a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute, but his low shot from the left side of the box missed the far post.
Indiana finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute. The Hoosiers took a corner kick from the left side and the ball bounced around in the box for a few seconds before Hagedorn found it and knocked in the loose ball for his first goal of the season.
Despite multiple corners in the games final few minutes, the Badgers were unable to find an equalizer and fell for the third straight game.
The Badgers will return to action at the Big Ten tournament Nov. 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio. Wisconsins opponent will be determined by Saturdays Penn State/Michigan game.