MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin earned its first point of the Big Ten season in impressive fashion, battling No. 2 Indiana through double overtime for a 2-2 tie on Senior Night at the McClimon Complex on Saturday.
For the sixth time this season and the fifth time at home, the Badgers (3-10-3, 0-6-1 Big Ten) played into overtime. With scores from team captains Jacob Brindle and Drew Conner, UW recorded its third multi-goal game of the season and also became just the third team this season to score more than one goal against the nationally-ranked Hoosiers.
“I thought it was a good performance by the guys,” UW head coach John Trask said. “This late in the season, for us to fight the way we did and to get some sort of result out of this game was great. Maybe with a little bit more luck in the second overtime we could have won the game.”
The Badgers struck first, as Conner scored in the 37th minute on a penalty kick. Tom Barlow was taken down hard in the box, which earned Wisconsin its second penalty kick of the season. Conner capitalized, scoring his second goal of the season, both of which have come on penalty kicks.
|INDIANA VS. WISCONSIN|
|36:02 — WIS Conner (2)|
|44:51 — IND Foldesy (2)|
|63:32 — IND Thompson (5)|
|71:23 — WIS Brindle (3)|
With just nine seconds remaining before halftime, a flurry of activity for the Hoosiers (11-2-4, 3-2-2) led to a last-second score. Matt Foldesy headed the ball past UW goalkeeper Casey Beyers (1-4-2) far post for the goal and tied the game at 1-1 just before the break.
Wisconsin came out in the second half with the same intensity it displayed throughout the first, but it was Indiana that got on the board again to pull ahead. Tanner Thompson found the back of the net in the 64th minute on an impressive curling shot to give IU a 2-1 lead.
In his final home game, Brindle would make sure to extend it, as the senior team captain came through with the equalizer in the 72nd minute. Taking an assist from fellow team captain Adam Lauko, Brindle scored his third goal of the season redirecting the cross for the score.
The game would go into overtime, but neither team was able to produce the game-winning goal. Indiana tallied six shots through two overtime periods, while Wisconsin recorded three shots.
The Badgers improved to 0-3-3 in overtime games this season, as Saturday night marked their second straight overtime contest after UW pushed then-No. 12 Penn State to double overtime on the road last Sunday.
Indiana goalkeeper Colin Webb finished the night with two saves, while Beyers finished with four saves for UW.
The Badgers held on, despite being outshot by the Hoosiers, 18-11, and dominated in corner kicks by a margin of 12-to-2.