Badgers Fall to Indiana in First Round


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The Wisconsin mens soccer team (8-11-0) lost to No. 2 Indiana 2-0 in the first round of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament. The #3 seed in the tournament, Indiana controlled most of the game leading to their second win over the Badgers this season.

After a slow second half, our defense put more pressure on Indiana and that definitely helped us out, said head coach Jeff Rohrman. We didnt come out firing on all cylinders and I think that hurt us a little. In the second half we had some opportunities, but we just couldnt get one in.

Indiana came out strong, controlling the ball in the Badger zone for most of the first half. 13 minutes into the game IUs Jordan Chirico was able to find the back of the net to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead. Assisted by Lee Nguyen, the Hoosiers grabbed momentum early and held it for the rest of the half.

The Badgers only threat came at the 23 minute mark as Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.) nearly headed in the teams first goal. After a restart, Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) served the ball in front of the IU goal as Johnson came flying across heading the ball just wide.

After a tough first half of play with IU out-shooting UW 8-1, Wisconsin goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was able to come up with two diving saves to keep the Badgers within one heading into the break.

The second half was another story. A much more physical half, the Badgers defense held the IU attack at bay, and the offense was playing much more aggressive. Late in the half, UWs Christopher Ede (Wauwatosa, Wis.) nearly tied the game as his heading attempt was saved by the leaping IU goalkeeper, Chris Munroe in front of the IU goal.

In the final minutes of play Wisconsin tried a last chance offensive attack. In doing so, the Badgers were almost defenseless as Indianas Mike Ambersley stole a pass and led Jacob Peterson downfield for a one on zero opportunity. Peterson beat Settle all alone to give the Hoosiers their game-clinching second goal in the final minute of play.

Settle recorded four saves for the Badgers, while IUs Munroe ended the game with two.

After a heartbreaking season, I really thought the guys built a lot of character, said Rohrman. After a season like we had with a bunch of close games, I give tons of credit to these guys for sticking with it. I am really excited to coach these guys this spring and be able to lead them again next season.

The Badgers ended their season with an 8-11-0 record overall and 2-5-0 in the Big Ten. Indiana is set to play Michigan State in the semifinals Friday in Evanston, Ill.

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