MATTHEW 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.
Paris, France | AFP | The Champions League goes into its final round of group games this week with 12 teams already assured of featuring in the last 16 and seven others battling for the remaining four places.Here, AFP Sports looks at what remains at stake:Group AThe only thing left to play for is first place in the group. A win for Atletico in Bruges will see the Spaniards finish top but anything else will open the door for Dortmund if they win in Monaco.Qualified: Atletico Madrid, Borussia DortmundEuropa League: Club BruggeGroup BBarcelona have already qualified as group winners but could still influence who joins them in the last 16. If Tottenham win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday they will go through on one condition. They must match the result of Inter Milan, who host the already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven.Qualified: BarcelonaGroup CThis is the most intriguing group of all with Napoli, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool all in with a chance of qualifying. Napoli currently top the group and need just a point from their trip to Anfield to secure their passage. If that happens then PSG would also go through, although the French side can guarantee their own progress with a win in Belgrade whatever the result at Anfield. Liverpool, on the other hand, have to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to be sure of qualifying. If Napoli lose, they could still go through if PSG lose in Belgrade.Group D2004 champions Porto have qualified as group winners with Schalke joining them in the draw. The Europa League spot will go to Galatasaray if they can beat Porto in Istanbul. Failure to do that means Lokomotiv Moscow could jump in if they win in Germany.Qualified: Porto, Schalke Group EBayern Munich head to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final round knowing a draw will be enough for the Germans to top the group. Both sides have already qualified while Benfica are assured of moving into the Europa League. AEK Athens, meanwhile, will hope to score their first point of the tournament.Qualified: Bayern Munich, AjaxEuropa League: BenficaGroup FManchester City have already qualified and need just a point from their home tie against Hoffenheim to secure top spot. The focus will be on what happens in Kiev where Shakhtar Donetsk must beat visitors Lyon to leapfrog the French side for second spot. Lyon will top the group if they win and City lose, a combination which would see Hoffenheim squeeze past Shakhtar for the Europa League spot.Qualified: Manchester CityGroup GDefending champions Real Madrid are through as group winners with Roma hanging on their coat-tails. Viktoria Plzen, away in Rome, need to match CSKA Moscow’s result in Madrid to reach the Europa League.Qualified: Real Madrid, RomaGroup HJuventus and Manchester United have already stamped their tickets for the knockout stage, the only question being which will finish top of the group. Juve are in pole position as a win at Young Boys would make the United result irrelevant. But if Juve slip up in Berne, Joe Mourinho’s side will top the group with a victory in Valencia.Qualified: Juventus, Manchester UnitedEuropa League: ValenciaShare on: WhatsApp