Senior Jed Hohlbein notched his second hat trick of the season to lead the Wisconsin mens soccer team to a 5-3 victory over in-state rival Marquette Wednesday night at Valley Field. The win improves the Badgers record to 9-8-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the Big Ten, while Marquette falls to 5-11-1 on the season.
Wednesdays win marks the first time Wisconsin has been above .500 in the 2004 season with just one game left until Big Ten tournament play. With the victory, the mens soccer team joins the Badger women in a sweep of in-state opponents, beating UW-Milwaukee 2-1, UW-Green Bay 4-1, and Marquette, 5-3.
We played well with the exception of 20 minutes in the second half, said head coach Jeff Rohrman after the game. Sweeping the state is a goal we strive for every year and its nice to finally get it done. The guys played well in all of those matches. They took great pride in the games and put the effort into it.
In his second game back from injury, Hohlbein made a substantial impact scoring two first half goals, and a third early in the second half to give the Badgers a comfortable lead. His first goal at 34:12 was the equalizer after Marquettes Matt Blouin scored at 22:59 to open the game.
Hohlbein was not finished. Just over a minute later at 35:45 he finished again off of an assist from his brother, Aaron Hohlbein. Van Sicklen set up Hohlbeins first goal, and scored one of his own at 53:50 in the second half to add to the Badger lead.
Minutes earlier at 45:21 Hohlbein completed the hat trick, after finishing a ball sent from defender William Bagayoko. Wisconsins fifth goal was compliments of Marquette, who scored an own-goal off of a Wisconsin corner kick.
Jed was filled with energy and enthusiasm. He was so happy to be out on the field and it was great to have him out there. He had a great game, and took the chances he had very well, said Rohrman.
Marquette answered back, but fell short of victory as Blair Kohlmeyer and Alex Biel scored two late goals for the Golden Eagles. Senior Goalkeeper Eric Hanson finished the day with four saves.
Wisconsins final game of the regular season is against Northwestern (12-4-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 7 in Madison. If the Badgers win, they will improve to 3-3 in conference and place third going into the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin has had success against the Wildcats in the past leading the all-time series 22-3-4.
Northwestern is a very good team, Rohrman said. They have really come a long way this season and will be a great test for us.
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