It’s been a rough set of matches across the last few days of Badgers soccer, as the Curse of the Joint Recap struck again with both the men’s and women’s teams dropping their matchups.
The men we’re defeated 1-0 by Maryland on Sunday, an uninspired game that was far from a treat to watch. The lone goal came midway through the second half when Terrapin freshman Jacen Russell-Rowe found the back of the net with a tremendous strike from just outside the box. The Badgers, who only managed two shots on the game, struggled to find life outside of a few rare chances.
Here's Sven Kleinhans' diving stop late in the first half pic.twitter.com/JYxQ5boD6B— Wisconsin Soccer (@BadgerMSoccer) March 7, 2021
One day later, the women’s team would also be on the wrong end of the full time score sheet, as the Badgers were upset by Purdue 2-0 at home in Loves Park. Breakout freshman Nicole Kevdzija provided the firepower for the Boilermakers, knocking in two goals to bring her points total to a team-leading seven. Following Kevdzija’s first half brace, Purdue put on a clinic in stifling a Wisconsin attack that struggled to get going all day. Goalkeeper Marisa Bova was lights-out between the pipes, repeatedly claiming loose balls and refusing to concede to the same chaos that Kevdzija’s second goal rose out of.
ANOTHER ONE!!!!— Purdue Soccer (@PurdueSoccer) March 8, 2021
Nicole Kevdzija with her 2nd goal of the match!! It's a header off a corner kick by Emily Mathews.
28' - Purdue 2, Wisconsin 0
https://t.co/qNuBH8uj1O#BoilerUp ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/6AlPgLJFNC
Such a loss drops the women’s side to 3-2 on the year and puts Wisconsin’s regular season title aspirations in serious peril, as they now lie a game back from a pair of elite teams hitting top form in Rutgers and Penn State.
In all likelihood, the Badgers now need a perfect record from here on out (including a win over Rutgers when the Scarlet Knights come to town later this month), as well as some outside help to compete for the top spot come the end of the year. They’ll resume their quest for the regular season title away from home on Saturday, traveling to Lincoln to take on Nebraska.
The men’s team, who fell to 0-4 with the loss, will be back in action at home on Thursday looking to pull an upset of their own over conference top dogs Indiana.