Memorable season ends in second round of NCAA tournament

Posted-November 25th, 2013 12:32 am

MADISON, Wis. -- After defeating in-state rival Milwaukee 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team knew they would have their hands full when they met third-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday night in the round of 32 at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

The Fighting Irish (13-1-6) proved to be too much for UW, as they cut the Badgers’ season short, winning 2-0 in shutout fashion. It was just the second time all season that the Big Ten’s highest scoring offense couldn’t find the back of the net.

Notre Dame wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Peoria, Ill., native, Vince Cicciarelli received a pass inside the box from Connor Klekota and turned, lofting a ball over UW goalkeeper Max Jentsch’s head 6:31 into the match.

The Fighting Irish pressed for another goal just over 15 minutes later.

From just outside the box to the right of the goalmouth, Harrison Shipp lined up a free kick that bent left and snuck inside the left post to double his team’s lead.

UW had its best opportunity to cut into Notre Dame’s lead in the 32nd minute when a Badgers throw-in redirected backwards off the head of a Fighting Irish player and landed at the feet of Tomislav Zadro. The redshirt senior was unable to gather the ball, though, allowing Notre Dame to regroup and clear it.

Wisconsin put together a few nice offensive sequences late in the first half and into the second stanza, but failed to convert on multiple looks at goal.

The Fighting Irish sealed the victory in the final 45 minutes with goals by Patrick Hodan and Shipp.

The Badgers concluded the 2013 season tied for fifth in school history single-season wins (14), while remaining in sole possession of the longest home unbeaten streak in the country (14).

Wisconsin capped off an unbeaten home schedule with a 1-0 win over Milwaukee on Nov. 21 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

After snapping an 18-year NCAA tournament drought in 2013, the Badgers will look to build on the success they achieved this season and make another run at a Big Ten title and a second-straight trip to the Big Dance.

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