Men¡¯s Soccer Falls to Wisconsin, 2-0
MADISON, Wis.; October 15, 2006 ¨C The Penn State defense held a potent Wisconsin attack scoreless for 60 minutes, but a pair of second half goals by the Badgers ended the Nittany Lions bid for their third Big Ten victory. The 2-0 defeat also halted Penn State¡¯s streak of wins on Sunday this season at four.
¡°People missed their marks; it¡¯s as simple as that,¡± said head coach Barry Gorman. ¡°It¡¯s just a situation where we are playing with depleted numbers and those who are playing are learning on the job and learning the hard way.¡±
¡°Jeff Chambers and Ryan Badaracco continue to give good efforts and we are getting solid performances from Andy Parr, (Geordie) MacNeill, and (Markku) Viitanen on defense. We are just lacking our complete game because we don¡¯t have our top horses.¡±
Chambers (Christiana, Pa.), Badaracco (Wexford, Pa.), and MacNeill (Richmond Hill, Ont.) are three of just six Nittany Lions who have been able to start all 14 games this season.
Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute on Scott Lorenz¡¯s first goal of the season. Brandon Miller and Zack Lambo assisted on the eventual game winner. The Badgers upped its advantage to 2-0 two minutes later when Victor Diaz, off a pass from Aaron Hohlbein, found net for his fourth goal of the year.
Sophomore midfielder Michael Janov (Vienna, Austria), making his second start of the season, topped Penn State in shots with three. Seniors Jeff Chambers and Simon Omekanda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) each registered two. Overall, Penn State outshot Wisconsin, 10-9.
Junior goalkeeper Conrad Taylor recorded three saves in the contest, playing all 90 minutes in his 58th consecutive start.
The Nittany Lions return to Happy Valley to begin a three-game home stand when they host intrastate opponent Bucknell (7-4-4) on Tues., Oct. 17 in a 7:00 p.m. game. Penn State last met the Bison in 2004, a 2-0 Nittany Lion home victory. On Fri., Oct. 20, No. 10 Indiana (10-3-2) will visit Jeffrey Field to renew one of the Big Ten most heated rivalries. In 2005, Penn State made history by becoming the first conference team to defeat the Hoosiers twice in one season. This season¡¯s rematch, scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff, will be broadcast to a live national television audience on Fox Soccer Channel.