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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Men's Soccer: Perfect season at home completed in Senior Night for Badgers

The nation's longest home unbeaten streak going back to last season was extended Friday night when the No. 16 Wisconsin men's soccer team (4-2-0 Big Ten, 13-3-2 overall) ended its regular season by beating Ohio State (1-3-2, 5-7-5) 2-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex.

Reaching 13 wins is the most for UW since its national championship season in 1995.

On Senior Night for the Badgers, midfielder Tomislav Zadro and forward Nick Janus scored UW's goals and ended their careers in Madison on a high note.

A cross from sophomore midfielder Drew Conner was met by Zadro as he headed the ball past the Buckeye goalkeeper, ending OSU's stout 448-minute streak of not allowing a goal.

Janus, Wisconsin's leading goalscorer, found the back of the net for the ninth time this season in the second half, sealing the game in the 71st minute and cementing the season's perfect 9-0-0 home record.

Senior goalkeeper Max Jentsch earned yet another shutout between the posts. All three of his shutouts came this season against Big Ten opponents.

All four captains for the Badgers will not return to the team next season. Defenders Paul Yonga and Blake Succa along with forward Chris Prince and Zadro played their last game at McClimon.

With the win, Wisconsin earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament. On Wednesday, Nov. 13 the Badgers will play the No. 7 seed Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin won their only matchup this year in Evanston 1-0. The Big Ten regular season champions, Penn State earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye.

If the Badgers beat the Wildcats they will play the winner of Michigan State and Ohio State. Both the Spartans and the Buckeyes fell victim to Wisconsin's home perfection. Whether or not the Badgers continue their home form in Columbus, Ohio, will be seen Wednesday.

UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.

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