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Sunday, December 03, 2023

UW travels into foreboding territory and comes away with rare tie against Hoosiers

The University of Wisconsin men's soccer team managed a double-overtime 1-1 tie against Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. behind Chris Prince's first collegiate goal.

The Badgers ended their four match scoring drought when Prince scored in the 20th minute to give Wisconsin the lead.  Senior Jon Rzepka flicked a header off a Badger free kick to Prince, who then headed it far post and into Indiana's net.

Senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint was back in goal after freshman Max Jentsch made his first career college start in net last Tuesday against Marquette. Vint made a career-high 11 saves in his return, and was constantly peppered with shots throughout the duration of the match.

The Hoosiers already had a shot in the Badgers' six-yard box 11 minutes into the match, which was safely smothered by Vint. Indiana would add eight more shots before the half was over while Wisconsin had two.

The Badgers marched into the halftime break with a lead- something that has been hard to find for this team in 2010.

It was just seven minutes into the second half though when the Hoosiers finally capitalized on one of their many opportunities .

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In the 52nd minute Indiana's Chris Estridge sent a through ball into Wisconsin territory to teammate Harrison Petts, who slid a near-post shot past Vint.

Indiana tallied another 10 shots in the second half, and Wisconsin mustered only two once again. But despite being outshot 21-7 in the match the Badgers still had their opportunities. A shot by Wisconsin freshman Nick Janus went wide with less than four minutes to play, and fellow freshman Paul Yonga ripped a shot just over the crossbar a few minutes into overtime.

""The most important thing is still that we continue to get better,"" head coach John Trask said. ""I wouldn't say it was a great night for Wisconsin soccer, but I don't know the last time a Wisconsin team came in [to Bloomington, Ind.] and tied Indiana.

This match continued the trend of Wisconsin men's soccer this season: creating little offense while playing stout defense. The Badgers have been outshot 109-65 while only scoring five goals so far this year. In addition, they have given up 50 corner kicks while taking 35 of their own.

Wisconsin returns home this week and is seeking their second win of the season when they play Northern Illinois on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex. contributed to this report.

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