athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz put the Wisconsin mens soccer team on top with a goal in the 31st minute and let the defense do the rest Wednesday, as the Badgers held on to score their third consecutive win and sixth shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois.
Lorenz tallied his team-leading ninth goal the most by a UW player since Nick Van Sicklen had 12 in 2004 off an assist from senior athid=5601&deptid=122"> --> Zack Lambo , but it was defense that allowed the Badgers to escape DeKalb with a win for the first time since 1995 and snap a string of five straight road losses to the Huskies.
I thought it was a gutsy performance by us today against a team that is very difficult to play against, especially at home, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. I was really proud of the way the guys performed and persevered through a tough challenge.
Northern Illinois (8-4-4) peppered the Badgers with 16 shots but managed to put only four on goal, as junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath finished with two saves. The Badgers, who have won five of their last seven games, also were credited with a pair of team saves.
It all added up to a fourth straight non-conference triumph for the Badgers (9-6-2 overall), who were victorious despite being held to just six shots for the match. Thats the second-lowest total of the season for the UW and just the third time in 17 games the Badgers have failed to launch at least a dozen shots.
Still, Lorenz made the most of his only shot on goal of the match.
It was a terrific ball by Lambo and Scotty did a great job of turning it and lofting it over the goalkeeper, Rohrman said.
After Lorenz found the back of the net, the Badgers managed just two shots over the games final 59 minutes.
Again, the Badgers defense proved the difference-maker, however. The UW has allowed just one goal during its three-game win streak, outscoring its opponents 7-1 in that stretch.
The Badgers have given up a total of just five goals over their last seven contests, a span that includes four shutouts. Wednesdays win was the fifth clean slate of the year for Horwath, who moved into a tie for sixth on the schools all-time list with the 12th shutout of his career.
Horwath also passed UW assistant coach staffid=292"> --> Nick Pasquarello for 10th on the all-time wins list with the 15th victory of his two-year career at the UW.
We did a great job defensively, especially in our individual defense, Rohrman said. We had to handle a lot of long throws and defend a lot of set pieces and corners because of the way NIU plays, and Im really proud of our defensive effort.
The Badgers now have six days to prepare for their regular-season finale, as they host No. 24 Drake in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (Nov. 5) at the McClimon Complex. The team will be in search of its first 10-win season since 2003.