Men's Soccer Downed by Green Bay Once Again
Green Bay, WI - Wisconsin came in with hopes of ending a two game losing streak to Green Bay, but the elements and a determined Phoenix program had other ideas as Wisconsin went down once again, this time 2-0 at the hands of Green Bay.
A very brave crowd over 250 took in the action at Aldo Santaga Stadium on a cold and brutally windy night(34mph sustained wind gusts). Green Bay played the 1st half with the wind at their backs and took full advantage of that situation, scoring the games 1st goal early on at the 8:52 mark in the 1st half. Getting credit for the goal was Green Bay's Alonso Flores, his third of the year. It was a strange situation as a routine ball headed towards Wisconsin goalkeeper Max Jentsch suddenly became a goal.
Badgers Head Coach John Trask was asked about that situation and stated, "I didn't ask the linesman, he's a good linesman... To me it was a goalkeeper error of some sort, how it's headed from that close to your goal line, whether or not the wind played a factor, credit to Green Bay for putting it there."
Just how much of a factor was the wind? Wisconsin, going against the wind in the 1st half was outshot 9-0. However the Badgers refused to let that be an excuse, "Tough Conditions, it was the same for both teams. We played in these conditions on Sunday." Trask said. "There's an old saying in soccer, you always take the wind because if you get up a goal like that, it's hard to score a goal like that."
Wisconsin played with the wind in their favor during the 2nd half of the game, outshooting Green Bay 7-2 for the period but weren't able to get many of those shots on frame, tallying only 2 shots on goal for the entire match. Even with the wind going against them Green Bay found the back of the net once again, this time in the 77th minute as a scramble in front of Jentsch saw Kirby Allen slot home his 4th goal for the year for Green Bay.
For the game the shooting edge went to the Phoenix, outshooting the Badgers 11-7. Tony Walls, an amazing workhorse in the midfield for Green Bay was singled out by Coach Trask, "Typical Tony Walls, jamming up the midfield and winning his fair share of air play."
It's clear that Wisconsin is dealing with the young nature of this team and the ups and downs that come with it. "We need to get our heads right, that's the problem with this group," Trask said. "Maybe we got moved up to quick, maybe we're not quite ready, we're still pretty young." He continued, "a lot of guys were looking around for their teammates to step up, rather than them stepping up first."
The loss drops Wisconsin to 7-5-2 (3-0-0 B1G) as they look to right the ship by going back to conference play on Sunday against Northwestern in Evanston, IL. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.