Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Horwath made five saves as the Wisconsin mens soccer team held the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers to a 0-0 draw in the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
The Badgers (6-6-6 overall, 0-3-3 Big Ten) came into the match with intensity, realizing the caliber of the nationally-ranked Hoosiers (12-4-3, 4-0-2). Early in the first half, sophomore Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) set up an offensive attack with a pass to the top of the box, where sophomore Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) drew goalkeeper Chay Cain out of the net, but was unable to set up a shot.
Another opportunity materialized on a corner kick when freshman Aaron Nichols (Woodstock, Ill.) found junior Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) centered in front of the goal, who sent a strong shot toward the net. However, the ball was cleared by defenders before it could reach the net.
In the second half, Diaz again had a great opportunity for a goal. Senior Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) sent the ball up the right side of the field to Diaz, who dribbled it to the box, drew Cain away from the net, and sent a shot just past the far post.
Sophomore Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.) also had a near-goal off a free kick when he shot over the Hoosier wall to the upper left corner of the net, but Cain was able to deflect the ball over the top of the goal.
The game remained scoreless throughout the rest of the 90 minutes and into two overtimes. Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) held down the Wisconsin backfield, making five saves and recording his seventh shutout.
The Badgers snapped a twelve-year, fourteen-game losing streak to Indiana with the tie. The last time that UW did not lose to Indiana was Oct. 13, 1995 when Wisconsin defeated the Hoosiers 2-0 in Madison.
With their point from the match, the Badgers moved up to sixth place in the final conference standings, while Indiana claimed sole possession of first place.
The Badgers will focus their attention on their first Big Ten Tournament game, when they will take on Northwestern Thursday, Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich.