The Wisconsin mens soccer team worked for 57 minutes to take the lead in Wednesdays matchup with Drake, only to see the Bulldogs reverse those efforts in the span of just two short minutes.
The Badgers broke through first on goal by junior athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz , but Drake got the last word with three second-period goals to snap the UWs three-game win streak and hand the Badgers a 3-1 loss in their regular-season finale at the McClimon Complex.
Drake held the UW to a season-low four shots and became just the third team to tag the Badgers for three goals this season, and the first since their 3-2 overtime loss to Indiana on Sept. 21.
We were just a step slow and couldnt generate any scoring chances, said Lorenz, who led the team with a pair of shots on goal. We really couldnt get anything going.
After a scoreless first period, the Badgers (9-7-2) were first on the scoreboard when Lorenz put home his team-high 10th goal of the season in the 57th minute. Lorenz took a serve from senior athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz at the top of the goalie box to set up the score, which was aided by a long ball from senior athid=5601&deptid=122"> --> Zack Lambo to Diaz.
The assist moved Diaz into a tie for ninth on the Badgers all-time points list with 53 for his career.
The Bulldogs (12-4-0) answered 10 minutes later, as Kenan Malicevic lofted in a volley off a serve from teammate Brian Wurst to knot the score at 1-1.
It took only two minutes to follow up the equalizer with the game-winner, when Kevin Shrout blasted a free kick at UW goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath from 35 yards out. Horwath deflected the shot, which caromed off the far post and then the ground before bouncing into the goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
The visitors third goal came in the 84th minute, as Malicevic again found the back of the net to put the game out of reach.
Even though we hadnt played that well, we did enough to get the goal, UW head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman said. I would have hoped for us to do a little better with the lead and defend better later into the second half.
The Bulldogs finished with a 13-4 advantage in shots, including eight shots on goal. That included a 7-1 lead in shots in the first half, when Horwath recorded three of his five saves.
The Bulldogs scoring outburst in the second half stood in stark contrast to the Badgers recent run of stingy defense, as they had allowed a combined five goals in their previous seven contests. The UW had posted shutouts in three of its previous five matches.
Its just one of those days when the timing of things was off and our touches were off, Rohrman said. I certainly feel were a better team than what we showed tonight.
The loss also is the first this season for the Badgers by a margin greater than one goal. It also snapped a string of four consecutive non-conference wins for the UW.
For the Bulldogs, the victory marked their first-ever win over the Badgers in Madison and their second defeat of the UW in as many seasons after a 3-1 win in 2007. The Badgers had claimed the first seven meetings between the teams before last season.
The Badgers now have a week to prepare for their game in the opening round of the Big Ten Mens Soccer Championship, which begins Thursday, Nov. 13 at the McClimon Complex. Assured of the tournaments No. 7 seed, the Badgers will face either Michigan or Northwestern at 3:30 p.m.
The team will be in search of its first win in the Big Ten tournament since 2003.
I told the guys that they need to have a short memory, because we have the Big Ten tournament ahead of us, Rohrman said. We have to focus our attention there because were going to have a good opponent that were going to have to play better to beat.