The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team (6-10-0, 1-4-0 Big Ten) beat Michigan State 3-2 in overtime Sunday afternoon in front of 911 fans at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Sophomore Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) scored the game-winning goal seven minutes into the overtime period beating two defenders and scoring from 30 yards out.
There have been some tough losses for us where we have had the lead but weve let the other team get back into it, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. Its good for us to get over that hump and we had a lead here and were able to pull it out and find a way to get it done.
Junior Hamid Afsari (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), scored his first goal of the season and second of his career 30 minutes into the game off a Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) corner kick placed high in front of the goal. Afsari was able to reach the ball and head it in past MSU goalkeeper Jason Tillman.
Evening the score only seven minutes later, MSUs Doug DeMartin was assisted by Rauwshan McKenzie. McKenzie later scored the Spartans second goal unassisted, tying the game after UWs Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) put the Badgers ahead with a penalty kick in the 63rd minute.
After 97 minutes of play, the Badgers were on the attack as Frank Iaizzo (North York, Ontario) served the ball down field to Ortega who was able to slide by two defenders. Ortega shot from the right side and scored as a MSU defender was sliding to block the ball and deflected it into his own goal.
It doesnt matter who we come up against, were just going to go out and do what we can to get a result, said Rohrman. There is a bit of disappointment, certainly, with the record that we have right now, but at the same time we know we werent far off in a number of those games.
UW goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) ended the game with five saves, while Tillman recorded four. Sundays game was the first time that MSU had given up three goals in a game all season.
The Badgers will be in action Wednesday, Nov. 2 as the team hosts UW-Green Bay. The final home game of the season is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.