Bagayoko Lifts Badgers Past UW-Green Bay


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The UW mens soccer team (7-10-0, 1-4-0 Big Ten) shut out UW-Green Bay 3-0 en route to their second straight victory. It marks the first time the Badgers have won two in a row since their first two games of the season. Junior William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.) scored two goals, both in the first 10 minutes of each half. With the loss, the Phoenix drop to 8-9-0 as they head into the Horizon League Tournament.

Its great for the guys to see that we can get over that hump and we can get the ball in the net, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. Our guys have to feel good. More than anything they are seeing that the offense can really do something.

Bagayoko recorded his first multi-goal game of his career, and marks the sixth time this year that a Badger has scored two goals in a game.

Bagayoko scored the game-winner only 1:12 into the start of the game, as he received the ball from the other side of the goal box from Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) who was led downfield on a long pass by Christopher Ede (Wauwatosa, Wis.).

Only 10 minutes later, Diaz beat three Phoenix defenders and made it to the goal after an assist from Ede, for the Badgers second goal of the night. After the break, the Badgers came out firing again. Bagayoko scored from the left side of the goal as he was assisted by Diaz and Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) for the third and final goal of the game.

Diaz was a part of all three goals in the win, as he scored one and assisted on the other two. Diaz continues to lead the team in both goals (6) and points (14).

Victor (Diaz) was feeling it tonight; he was hitting the ball well, said Rohrman. The set-up on the first goal was great vision on his part and a very selfless play by playing it back to William (Bagayoko). Victor had great composure and played well for us tonight.

UW goalkeeper Jake Settle recorded his third shutout of the year, as he led a solid Badger defense that allowed only 11 shots.

The Badgers will be in action Sunday as they take on Northwestern in the final regular season game of the year. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.

Were going to have to play solidly. Northwestern is very good going forward, said Rohrman. Were going to have to be very good on the defensive side and do what we did tonight with shots, get them on goal and make their keeper make saves.

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