MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's soccer team became the first team to beat No. 6 Indiana this season with a 2-0 victory over a talented Hoosiers squad at the McClimon Complex Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Badgers' unbeaten streak improves to five with their last loss coming on Sept. 11. Wisconsin is now 5-3-2 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play.
The Hoosiers fall to 6-1-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten.
A large crowd was on hand, due in part to the third annual PAC the MAC promotion, to witness the Badgers open Big Ten play, while recording their first win over a ranked opponent of the 2011 season and earning their first win over the Hoosiers in 16 years.
The last time Wisconsin beat Indiana was on Oct. 13, 1995, as the Badgers topped the Hoosiers, 2-0, in Madison.
Indiana opened the game looking like the strong team the Badgers expected.
UW hung with the unbeaten Hoosiers and battled them to a scoreless first half of play.
Indiana outshot Wisconsin, 6-2, in the first half. Additionally, Indiana saw its best chances for a goal off the corner kick, which they dominated, 5-0, in the first half.
"Indiana is a tremendous program," remarked head coach John Trask. "You look at t the first half and they had some chances, but I didn't feel like they had a bunch of great chances."
Wisconsin came out of the halftime break with a spark ready to strike.
Junior Tomislav Zadro (Toronto, Ontario.) did his part to keep all three of Wisconsin's streaks alive on Sunday. At the 53:30 mark, Zadro netted his third goal of the season, while boosting his scoring streak to eight games.
Sophomore Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) earned the assist on the game-winning goal.
Minutes after UW took a 1-0 lead, Indiana had a chance to equalize. After Wisconsin committed a foul in the box, Indiana's Harrison Petts lined up to take the penalty kick.
Petts aimed at Jentsch, who was there to make the stop and keep the Badgers' 1-0 lead in tact.
Later, in the 79th minute, Janus cushioned Wisconsin's lead with his second goal of the season.
Freshman A.J. Cochran (St. Louis, Mo.) headed the ball in front of the goal, finding Janus alone at the post and putting the Badgers up 2-0 late in the game.
The Badgers were able to defend the attacking Hoosiers' offense and prevent them from striking to protect their 2-0 advantage.
Sophomore Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.) remains unbeaten in goal with an overall record of 3-0-2. The win also marks Jentsch's first shutout of the season.
"Complements to the guys, we tied them (Indiana) at their place last year and beat them this year," commented Trask. "I have a feeling we will end up seeing them at the Big Ten Tournament and it will be a battle."
Wisconsin completes its four-game homestand, Wednesday, Oct. 5, with a chance at another ranked opponent. The Badgers host No. 2 Creighton at the McClimon Complex with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m.