The Wisconsin mens soccer team dropped a 3-0 loss to in-state rival Marquette in the final game of UWs regular season.
Fresh from clinching the Conference USA title, the Golden Eagles Chris Lee tallied two goals and teammate Derek Gutierrez scored Marquettes third goal on a penalty kick. Wisconsin goalkeeper Eric Hanson posted two saves on the day. The Badgers strongest scoring opportunity took place on a late penalty kick by Valentine Anozie, but MU keeper Adam Ubert denied the UW goal in the 73rd minute.
Lee opened up scoring for the Golden Eagles in the 31st minute after the Wisconsin defense missed clearing a cross in front of the net from Marquettes Tony Walby. Lee found the ball eight yards out and directed it towards the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The MU forward scored his second goal just under three minutes into the second period off of a high lobbed ball from teammate Eric Marshall to claim the 2-0 advantage.
Anozies penalty kick could have cut the Golden Eagles lead to 2-1 after the senior co-captain fired the ball towards the left back post, but Ubert got a hand on the ball just before it crossed the goal line to ensure the MU shutout.
Marquette capitalized on their own penalty kick just ten seconds later for the 3-0 lead and eventual win.
Now 9-9-0 overall with a 3-3-0 record in the Big Ten, Wisconsin travels to the Big Ten Championship next week at Penn State in University Park, Pa. With just one game left in Big Ten Conference action (Ohio State vs. Northwestern on Nov. 10), there is currently a four-way tie for second place in the Conference standings with Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State all holding 3-3 records.
If the Buckeyes defeat Northwestern, there will be a five-way tie and seedings for the Championship will be determined by each teams number of goals scored in Conference play. Official seedings will be released by the Big Ten on Monday, Nov. 11 and will be available on UWBADGERS.com, in addition to all of the Badgers results and statistics from next weeks Big Ten Championships.