first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThanks to two-goal efforts from junior captain Aaron Hohlbein and sophomore midfielder/forward Sho Fujita, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team notched a pair of one-goal victories to take the Big Toe Invitational title last weekend.Hohlbein tallied both of his goals Friday in a 2-1 comeback to beat UNLV. Fujita notched two goals on Sunday to take down Drake by the same score, with both games coming down to the final minutes.“[Drake is] a very good team, and I would guess they’re going to be right there come tournament time,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “There’s a lot of team spirit, a lot of fight in that group and a lot of talent, and that’s a good combination to have.”It was a story of missed opportunities early on in Friday’s game. The Badgers outshot UNLV 17-7 in the contest and had some great chances in the first half, but could not convert.Instead, UNLV took the lead in the 14th minute and held the lead until the 69th minute. With a handball called on the Runnin’ Rebels, the Badgers had a set-piece opportunity from the left side of the field.Freshman Zack Lambo offered up a great effort to the far post and Hohlbein leapt up through traffic to head the ball home and tie the game 1-1. He avenged an effort just minutes earlier which saw one of his shots get blocked and a rebound effort bank off the right post.“I thought as a group we responded really well to a challenging, yet somewhat frustrating first half,” Rohrman said. “Because we’re down 1-0, and when you look at the stats, it’s one-way traffic and we should have certainly come away with a little different result at half-time than what it was.”The game remained tied late into the second half despite a few more chances for Badger forwards in which they could not capitalize.In the 85th minute, redshirt freshman Victor Diaz, who had been corralled all game in a physical effort, drew a foul in the box, setting up a Badger penalty kick. Hohlbein took advantage of the opportunity, netting his second goal of the game.“I give our guys credit,” Rohrman said. “They battled, they showed great character and they found a way to get it done and in the past, we haven’t always done that.”Junior goalie Jake Settle made three saves in the UW season opener, including an excellent effort late in the game to preserve the lead.Sunday’s game against Drake provided a different style of game, but produced the same score.The contest saw fewer scoring chances for the Badgers and the teams remained scoreless until late in the first half. In the 41st minute, Fujita got his first goal as a Badger. Hohlbein took a free kick and Christopher Ede headed it on to Fujita, who gave the Badgers their first lead of the game.Drake had many early chances in the second half, but could not tie the game until the 67th minute when they tied the game 1-1 on a goal by Luke Frieberg. The two teams battled back and forth through the end of regulation, with the Badger defense and Settle coming through to preserve the tie through 90 minutes, sending the game to sudden-death overtime.However, once into overtime the Badgers took just 46 seconds to take the game. Again, it was Lambo on the service as he sent the ball in to Reid Johnson, whose flick-on went straight to Fujita and the 5-foot-8 sophomore headed home the game-winning goal.“It’s great for Sho,” Rohrman said. “It’s nice. Now he can tell people that he actually got a head goal. The shortest guy on the field headed the ball home for the winner.”The Badgers took the Big Toe title for the first time in three years, and multiple Badgers earned tournament honors. Sho Fujita was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Offensive Player and Hohlbein was named Most Valuable Defensive Player. Both of them, along with Settle and Johnson were named to the all-Tournament team.The Badgers continue play this weekend at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Coming off a road loss to Pittsburgh that ended a five-game winning streak, Syracuse (16-10, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) returns home to play No. 4 Louisville (20-5, 8-4) on Monday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals most recently overcame a 14-point halftime deficit on Saturday to beat Miami, and now head to SU as winners of eight of its last 10 games.Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s game.All-time series: Louisville leads, 16-8Last time they played: Last time these two teams squared off, the Orange was destroyed in the paint at the KFC Yum! Center during a 72-58 loss. The Cardinals torched the bottom of Syracuse’s zone for 50 points in the paint, largely spearheaded by big man Chinanu Onuaku. Trevor Cooney led SU with 19 points, but the Orange was really hamstrung by a 12-for-21 (57.1 percent) shooting night at the foul line. Tyler Lydon only shot 2-of-7 in his 31 minutes off the bench.The Louisville report: UofL boasts one of the best defenses in the country. At defending the 3, blocking shots and protecting the paint, the Cardinals are extremely difficult to score on. Kenpom.com rates Louisville’s 87.4 defensive efficiency, a metric that measures points allowed per 100 possessions, as the second-best in college basketball. With Deng Abel and Mangok Mathiang active again after a one-game suspensions last Monday at Virginia, the Cardinals’ frontcourt is once again back at full strength.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats Louisville: Not only does UofL excel on defense, but it scores at about the same rate the Orange does. That spells out an extremely difficult matchup for Syracuse, perhaps more challenging than previous upsets against UVA and Florida State. Quite simply, SU is going to have to figure out where it can break into the Cardinals’ defense. That’s likely going to be on the inside, given Louisville’s propensity for defending the 3.That means John Gillon needs to drive as often as he can, drawing in defenders to go for a contested layup or find an outlet pass. That means Taurean Thompson needs to stay out of foul trouble and do what he does best: Get to the basket. That means SU can’t have a repeat of what happened against Pittsburgh, with Tyler Lydon going silent and the offense skidding out until the last 10 minutes of the game.Stat to know:28.7 percent — Louisville’s opponents this year have shot only 28.7 percent from 3, which stands as the best mark among ACC teams this year. Andrew White and Tyus Battle, among others, will have to figure something out that few other players have this year against UofL, or find a different source for scoring opportunities.Player to watch: Quentin Snider, point guard, No. 4The 6-foot-2 junior point guard returned to the court against the Hurricanes after missing six games with a strained hip flexor. The Cardinals survived the six games with Donovan Mitchell manning the point, but Louisville’s offense is better with Snider out there. He has a knack for hitting 3s, leading UofL’s trio of 3-point shooters with a 38.5 percentage from deep. In the four games before Snider’s injury, he and Mitchell sparked Louisville’s offense by 32.3 points and shooting 41 percent from the field. The Orange will certainly be tested by Snider and Louisville’s frontcourt. Comments Published on February 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more