Freshman David Martinez and senior Dominic DaPra recorded two goals apiece as the Wisconsin mens soccer team defeated Michigan State, 5-3, for its first Big Ten victory of the season today.
The Badgers (8-7-1 overall, 1-3-0 Big Ten) went up 3-0 on the Spartans (8-4-1, 3-3) in the first half with Martinez scoring the first two UW goals unassisted. Then, Martinez and DaPra fed freshman Nick Van Sicklen for an open-goal shot at close range in the 31st minute.
In the second half, MSUs Ryan McMahen scored an unassited goal from about 25 yards away to put the Spartans on the board.
In the 73rd minute, after Michigan State was forced to play a man down due to a double-yellow card violation, DaPra stole the ball at midfield and took it the distance for the score. DaPra then earned his 15th goal of the season less than two minutes later, firing a header past the near post off a crossing pass set up by senior defender Scott Repa.
With the Badgers ahead 5-1, UW goalie Moriba Atiba Baker came out of the game after recording a total of eight saves, including a stop on a first-half penalty kick.
Jordan Gruber scored the Spartans second goal in the 82nd minute, taking a pass from Jeffrey Krass and firing it from a crowd in the middle of the UW box. MSU pulled to the games final margin when a goal kick by keeper Mike Robinson, aided by strong winds, sailed the length of the field and bounced over the head of Phil Ayoub.
Wisconsin faces Northwestern on the road this Thursday before retuning to McClimon for the last regular-season game against Ohio State on Sunday at 1 p.m.