Sophomores Scott Lorenz and Eric Conklin gave the Wisconsin mens soccer team the upper edge on Sunday afternoon, scoring the teams two goals to defeat Illinois-Chicago 2-1 at Flames Field in Chicago.
Wisconsin (6-6-5 overall, 0-3-2 Big Ten) took control of the game from the very start when Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.) found the back of the net in the first minute of the game. Junior Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) played the ball to the far post where Lorenz beat goalkeeper Jovan Bubonja to the ball with a header to give UW the early 1-0 lead.
The Flames (6-5-5, 2-1-3 Horizon League) responded in the ninth minute. Brandon Bilbrey received a ball from teammate Ian Sarachan off a free kick and headed it past sophomore Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) to tie the game at 1-1.
The game was fairly even until the Badgers emerged in the second half with a renewed sense of determination.
We came out in the second half and dictated more of the rhythm, head coach Jeff Rohrman stated.
With this intensity, Wisconsin created some prime opportunities for a second goal in the last 45 minutes, and was able to capitalize on one of these chances to seal the win.
Four minutes before the end of the game, Diaz got the ball wide, isolated it, and placed it to Conklin (Rockford, Ill.), who finished it with a shot to the far post to give UW the 2-1 win.
I am very proud of the guys, Coach Rohrman said after the game. They did a great job sustaining for 90 minutes. We did not break down physically or emotionally.
The Badgers will now shift their focus to their last game against Big Ten competitor Indiana at home on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.