After conceding a goal in the first 48 seconds to Loyola-Chicago, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team rallied to tie the game, but neither team could find the second goal and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.Loyola started the game with the ball and pushed the ball forward immediately, not allowing the Badgers (2-8-2, 0-4 Big Ten) to get a touch until the ball was already in their own box.Wisconsin tried clearing the ball, but it was deflected, stayed in the box and shot into the back of the net by Loyola senior midfielder Ben Crognale, just 48 seconds into the game to give the Ramblers an early 1-0 lead.Looking for just their third victory this season, Wisconsin head coach John Trask was not pleased with the early goal allowed to Loyola.“You can’t play catch-up, especially as a young team,” Trask said. “Hopefully the lesson has been learned.”The response to the goal was impressive, as Wisconsin did not let the goal hurt their morale, despite being in an early deficit.“We didn’t change much offensively,” senior captain Jacob Brindle said. “It was bad on us to give up a goal that easy,” Brindle said. “We just stuck to our game plan and did what we needed to do.”It took 17 minutes later, for Wisconsin to tie the game. The equalizing goal came in the 18th minute after Wisconsin freshman midfielder Mike Catalano flicked a ball from the end line that got past the Loyola keeper. Two Loyola defenders were on the ground in front of the goal with the ball, nearly preventing a goal, but UW’s Tom Barlow was able to get a foot on the ball to put it into the back of the net to tie the game at one.The Badgers were able to fight back offensively in the first half, tallying five total shots. Wisconsin was also able to maintain possession on the Ramblers’ goalkeeper Andrew Chekadanov, who had three saves in the opening half.“One thing we keep preaching to these guys is that unless a goal happens in the 89th minute, soccer is a long game, there is a lot of moments to get back in games,” Trask said. “Maybe it registered that we had plenty of time this time to get [the goal] back.“We started playing better, right away in the game. But rather than just, everybody losing their position and not being disciplined, I thought we found our goal out of being disciplined, which I thought was good to see.”The game would remain tied for the remainder of the first half.Throughout the second half, the Badgers were not able to generate much offense, for the total of two shots, with only one of those being on goal, but Loyola could not find a game-winning goal either so the two teams went to the first extra period tied at one.In the extra period, Wisconsin picked up the pace, attacking Loyola for the entirety of the time.Freshman Mark Segbers sprinted past the Loyola defense, almost into the corner of the 18-yard box, before getting pulled down from behind, drawing a yellow card on the Ramblers.The free kick from 20 yards out made it through the crowd of players in the box, and Wisconsin scored the goal, but not before the assistant referee called the Badgers offside.“To start winning games in overtime instead of tying them or losing them is a big jump in these guys’ development,” Trask said. “I thought they had it tonight.”Freshman Adrian Remeniuk took post at goal, and he rewarded the Badgers with four saves on the night — one below his career high.Also getting into the game was freshman Tyler Yanisch who played in just his second game of the season, coming in for midfielder Luc Kazmierczak in the first half for seven minutes, and then again in the second half for Brian Hail.“He has not played much midfield, but we’re looking for some added depth wide in the midfield,” Trask said. “I thought he did well on his first stint in the first half.”The Badgers’ offense has now scored a goal in each of their past four games. Junior midfielder Drew Connor says Wisconsin is getting better at passes and crosses to give their forwards more opportunities.“Just staying patient when we get in the final third [of the field],” Connor said. “Just really trying to find that last pass. We’re doing a good job of working it up the field and getting it out wide, but we have had trouble finding that assist.”The Badgers won the corner kick battle as well Wednesday, with a 4-3 advantage over the Ramblers, including two in the second half and another in the second overtime period.With goals coming on a more consistent basis, the Badgers offense seems to be running smoothly, as they move back into conference play.Wisconsin’s next game is Saturday at 7 p.m. against Ohio State at the McClimon Complex.
The women’s basketball team has shown flashes of brilliance this season. The Trojans looked strong when they defeated No. 25 Texas A&M on the road in November and when they dominated Colorado to open up conference play — and even last weekend, when they heartbreakingly lost to No. 13 UCLA by just four points.However, the team has also experienced the lowest of lows, recently snapping a seven-game losing streak: a disastrous run that sent them plummeting down the Pac-12 standings. Part of their descent can be explained by the unexpected. There was senior guard Jordan Adams’ ACL tear in December, which may end her collegiate career (barring a medical redshirt). Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck’s foot fracture kept her out for two weeks, and the team’s leading scorer, junior forward Kristen Simon, had an unexplained three-game absence. But within all of the Trojans’ misfortune, there has been one pleasant surprise — the play of true freshman point guard Minyon Moore, which even she was not fully anticipating. “I didn’t come in here expecting to make such a big impact,” Moore said. “But as I’ve started to play and get in the groove of college basketball, I’ve started to get the confidence.” Averaging 10.8 points and 4.58 assists (eighth in the Pac-12), Moore is stepping up her game at a time when her team needs her the most. For her, the Trojans’ recent string of bad luck is no reason to back down or make excuses, especially considering what she had to overcome just to become a Division I basketball player. “I tore both my ACLs and meniscuses when I was high school,” Moore said. “Those were probably the biggest challenges that I’ve had to face. Just having back-to-back ACL injuries and surgeries and keeping my mindset correct because I had to work, work, work in order to get scholarships. That was the biggest adversity that I’ve had to face, but going through that experience has shown me that I can get through anything.” While Moore was scratching and clawing to receive scholarship offers after her injuries, her older sister Mariya Moore, a more heralded recruit out of high school, was already starring at Louisville. Now a junior averaging 12.8 points a game, Mariya continues to be a source of inspiration and rivalry for her younger sister. “Growing up we had a lot of competition,” Moore said. “Our dad would always have us go out and play one-on-one versus each other. Seeing her with all these accolades, and seeing her in college basketball and as a McDonald’s All-American has given me a goal to set for myself. It’s like she has that last name on the back of her shirt, so I need to go out and play for our last name. It’s given me something to work for.”When asked if she strives to one day be better than her older sister, Moore responds as one might expect a younger sibling to.“Yeah, definitely,” Moore said. “She and I joke around all the time about our teams, and if we play each other, who’s going to win. It’s always a family competition, but it’s all love.”When watching Moore, the most striking aspect of her play in both practice and games is how she conducts herself as a floor general, despite being among the youngest players on the team. Whether she is talking on defense, making commands on offense or screaming calls from the bench, the freshman’s presence is always felt. “Being a freshman, I don’t really consider it as, ‘These are upperclassmen so I can’t be a leader to them,’” Moore said. “Since I’m a point guard, I have to take that leadership role, and if my team doesn’t know where to go, I have to lead them. I think that I have adopted a leadership position even though I’m a freshman.”Despite her rapid ascent in such a short period of time, Moore knows she will need to improve parts of her game to reach the next level. “My shot and my left hand,” Moore said. “In the beginning of the season it was really easy for me, because I’m really right-hand dominant and teams didn’t really know about me yet, so I was able to go right every time and score really easily, but now that they’ve scouted me I need to change it up.” Quarterback Sam Darnold may be the most celebrated freshman at USC, but there is another newcomer on campus who is making waves. And like Darnold, she just may be the spark that turns a season around. “If we bring our effort and talent, we can win every game that we play from here on out,” Moore said. “I see these next upcoming games as opportunities for us to show that we’re bouncing back, and we’re coming out stronger.”