MADISON, Wis. (September 7, 2012) – The FIU men’s soccer team (4-0-0) remained undefeated on the season behind goals from junior Gonzalo Frechilla, sophomore Quentin Albrecht and freshman Daniel Gonzalez in a 3-1 victory against the Wisconsin Badgers (1-2-1). The victory was the second over the Badgers in the last three seasons as the Panthers improved their overall record to 3-1-0 against UW.
“This was another promising performance,” Head Coach Kenny Arena said. “Our team's discipline and desire to play for each other helped create some very good chances in the second half. Wisconsin is a good team. They moved the ball very well and created challenges for us. This was a great game to be a part of and we're looking forward to another strong opponent in UIC on Sunday.”
After an FIU corner kick was cleared in the 36th minute, Frechilla put the Panthers on the board when he took a shot from the top of the box that beat the Wisconsin keeper to the upper right corner of the net. The goal was the first of the season for Frechilla.
Before heading into the half, the Badgers AJ Cochran scored an equalizer in the 43rd minute on a header off a corner kick to go into the break tied, 1-1.
The Panthers regrouped at the half and came out strong when Albrecht scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 69th minute. Albrecht scored in traffic from 12 yards out on a beautiful through ball from Frechilla. Freshman Lyle Lindquist was also credited with an assist on the eventual game-winner for the Panthers. Albrecht now has three of FIU’s four game-winning goals in 2012.
Gonzalez added an important insurance goal in the 78th minute when he beat the defender to the right corner of the goal. The play was set up by Frechilla who beat his guy on the endline and cut to Gonzalez who put the ball in at the six-yard line. Albrecht was also credited with an assist on the play.
FIU outshot Wisconsin 12-9 while freshman net-minder Robin Spiegel allowed one goal to three saves. Six Panthers (Spiegel, Albrecht, Joseph Dawkins, Anthony Hobbs, Lindquist and Patrick Ramdial) each saw 90 minutes of action in the match.
The Panthers will now play UIC on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (ET) in Chicago, Ill.
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