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Men’s Soccer – Wisconsin Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wisconsin (3-4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) stunned Maryland (2-3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) on Friday night in College Park. The Badgers knocked in the game-winning goal in the 106th minute of play in double overtime to beat the Terrapins, 2-1.

Sophomore Zack Klancnik wore the cape for the Badgers if there was a hero to choose from in Wisconsin’s total team-effort victory. Klancnik rose above the defense on a free kick in the 106th minute and sent a ball on a rope to the upper left corner of the net off his head. The Maryland keeper somehow got his hand on the ball and knocked it aside, but the sophomore wouldn’t be stopped, trampling through defenders to knock the ball into the side netting with his body. Klancnik ripped his shirt off in celebration with his team, as his effort gave the Badgers the double overtime win in front of a shocked Maryland crowd.

The first half for Wisconsin soccer wasn’t exactly what the Badgers hoped for in its pregame preparations. Head coach John Trask preached to the team the importance of not allowing a goal in the early comings. Maryland scored six minutes into regulation.

It didn’t look good for Wisconsin from there on out, falling to Maryland 6-0 in shots at the half down 1-0 on the scoreboard.

It was with 53 seconds left in the match that Wisconsin got its first real break. Freshman Andrew Akindele swiftly dribbled through defenders down the sideline and slotted a ball behind the defense to a cutting sophomore Michael Russell II. The sophomore tried once and was denied by the keeper, but stuck with it and sent his second effort into the Terrapin net for his first career goal in Cardinal and White. It couldn’t have come at a better time. 

It was the Badgers’ second win at Maryland in program history.

Straight from the pitch:
Head coach John Trask

“Great environment in College Park as they celebrated the LGBTQ movement. Absolutely great Big Ten environment. They are a very good Maryland team – I felt it was a kind of a tale of two halves. Obviously, they were the better team in the first half and we were in the second. You could make arguments for both. We were pressing the game in the second half. Michael Russell II and Ben Leas, coming into an environment like that, allowing Isaac Schlenker to push up the field was a big difference in the game. I single those guys out but we had a lot of strong performances out there tonight. I don’t know the record Maryland has playing at home in College Park over the past 15 years, but I do know that teams don’t usually come in here and leave with a win. Great game.

 

“The good thing about this team is that they realize this is just one game. Our focus turns to Wednesday against Marquette at their place and then another huge Big Ten game against an elite Michigan State team.”

 
Up Next: Wisconsin travels to Milwaukee to face in-state foe Marquette for the annual darby match-up in Milwaukee, Wis. on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT).

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