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Late rally not enough as Badgers men's soccer falls short to San Francisco

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MADISON, Wis. – Tom Barlow scored his first goal as a Badger in the 81st minute and sparked a late rally by the No. 21 Wisconsin men's soccer team, but it was not enough to overcome a two-goal deficit in a 2-1 loss to San Francisco at the McClimon Complex on Friday night.

Kicking off their regular season in front of a crowd of 1,117 as part of the annual PAC the MAC soccer doubleheader, the Badgers (0-1-0) put together an offensive push in the final minutes of the contest, but were unable to score the equalizer and extend play.

Despite recording only two shots in the first half, UW battled back and registered six shots in the second frame. While the Badgers won the corner kick battle, 3-2, San Francisco outshot Wisconsin, 11-8.

"I'm very proud of the effort to fight back and get the one goal," UW head coach John Trask said. "This a younger group after losing 14 players from last year's team and I respected the effort to not just fold. I thought maybe we'd get that second score, but college soccer can be cruel. The margin for error is very small.

"The second goal (by USF) was the dagger goal coming right after halftime. Compliment to San Francisco, they found a way to get those two goals."

The Dons (1-0-0) struck quickly on the night, scoring at the 13:48 mark of the first half. Davi Ramos created his own shot unassisted, finishing on a rebound from one of his own blocked shots.

The backbreaker for the Badgers came just after halftime, as San Francisco found net again. Danny Kirkland scored unassisted with a left-footed shot off a free kick from the top of the box, beating UW goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk high.

It would prove to be a valuable two-goal lead, as the Badgers mounted a late rally with Barlow's score, but were unable to find the equalizer in the end. Barlow scored off an assist from Anders Kristensen on a corner kick, redirecting the ball far post of the corner and past USF goalie Chase Hauser.

It marked the first-career goal for the freshman from St. Louis, Missouri, in his first start as a Badger.

Fellow freshman Remeniuk made his first start at goalkeeper for Wisconsin, recording four saves on the night.

Wisconsin is back in action Sunday against Xavier to wrap up its opening weekend. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex in Madison.

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