Soccer Edged In Double-Overtime By #22 Wisconsin, 4-3
Sept. 15, 2002
Chicago, Ill. - University of Wisconsin freshman Phil Doeh scored his third goal of the game in the 102nd minute as the 22nd-ranked Badgers spoiled UIC's home opener with a 4-3 double-overtime victory at Flames Field.
The tally thwarted a furious second-half comeback by UIC (2-3-0), which saw senior Joe Morelli score two goals in the final seven minutes to send the game into overtime. It was Morelli's first multi-goal game of his career.
After a scoreless first extra session, the Badgers (5-1-0) earned a free kick from 30 yards early in the second overtime when the Flames' Ryan Singer was carded after pulling down Doeh as he attempted to scoot past him on a run down the right side.
Erol Goknur, who finished with three assists in the contest, dumped the free kick in front of the UIC goal. After deflecting off a pack of players, it was directed into the goal by Doeh, who was all alone in front of the net.
It was Doeh that got Wisconsin going in the first half as her gave the Badgers a 1-0 lead with a header from five yards away in the 38th-minute. The play came off a corner kick from Goknur, which was headed to Doeh by Watson Van Prather.
Wisconsin would make it 2-0 just over a minute later when Nick Van Sicklen dribbled through two UIC defenders, before striking it past a diving Flames keeper, Ross Cain.
UIC pulled within a goal just prior to the half as Dennis King tallied his team-best third goal of the season in the 45th-minute, sniping one past Wisconsin keeper Eric Hanson into the bottom right corner of the net from 18 yards out.
The score remained 2-1 until Doeh seemingly put the game out of reach with a goal off a nice pass from John McGrady in the 79th-minute for a 3-1 Badgers edge.
The Flames would not go away, though, and made it 3-2 in the 84th-minute when Joe Morelli converted on a penalty kick. UIC earned the kick after Jake Stasko was brought down in the box while attempting to head the ball.
With new-found life, the Flames controlled play the final six minutes and eventually knotted the score when Morelli struck again, this time chipping it past the goalie from the left side inside of six yards in 89th-minute.
Junior keeper Casey Pudwill, who replaced Cain midway through the second half, made several nice saves late in the second stanza and the first overtime to keep the Flames alive. In all, Pudwill made five saves, before surrendering the game-winning goal to Doeh.
Hanson made seven saves in goal for Wisconsin.
The Flames will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18, as they open Horizon League play by taking on Loyola in Rogers Park at 7:00 p.m.