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Badgers down Xavier with four goals in second half

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MADISON, Wis. -- Mark Segbers scored his first two career goals and the No. 21 Wisconsin men's soccer team racked up four scores in just over 27 minutes of the second half to run past Xavier with a 4-0 win Sunday night.

Jacob Brindle ignited the offensive explosion at the McClimon Complex in Madison, after the senior scored with a header in the 54th minute on an assist from Drew Conner. The floodgates then opened, as freshmen Mike Catalano and Segbers added three more scores to secure UW's first win of the season.

Defensively, the Badgers (1-1-0) earned a shutout and held the Musketeers (0-2-0) to just four shots on the night. The defensive effort complimented the offensive efficiency of UW and its seven shots--six of which were shots on goal.

"We were electric on the attack and that's what we're capable of being when we really play together," UW head coach John Trask said. "It was also great to see Adrian Remeniuk come out tonight and help our defense get the shutout.

"On Segbers, what more can you say? The second goal was beautiful. Our senior captain Brindle came in from off the bench and had a great goal to start us off in the second half. Then, it just steamrolled."

Things escalated offensively for the Badgers in the 54th minute, as Brindle headed in the first score of the night on a cross from Conner and gave UW a 1-0 lead.

Just six minutes later, Segbers showed his explosiveness taking the ball unassisted, streaking up the middle of the box and then delivering a strike to beat the keeper far post from 20 yards out.

In the 73rd minute, Mike Catalano put UW up 3-0 and also netted his first goal by burying a shot from the top of the six-yard box off a layoff from Chrisopher Mueller on the endline.

Segbers capped the scoring flurry with his second goal of the match in the 81st minute, taking an assist from Brindle on the break, then beating the keeper far post from the top of the box.

"It was amazing and a dream come true," Segbers said. "The first goal was such a blessing, coming in as a freshman and just trying to help the team out. Then on the second goal, it was so unselfish of Brindle to pass it over to me when he could have easily shot it. That's just the kind of guy he is though as a team captain and trying to help out the freshmen."

Freshmen accounted for four of the five goals scored by Wisconsin over the weekend. Catalano and Segbers found the net on Sunday night, while Tom Barlow scored his first goal during Friday's match against San Francisco.

Remeniuk kept the freshman firsts going, earning his first collegiate win at goalkeeper for Wisconsin.

The Badgers are back in action Sept. 5 when they take to the road and face George Mason.

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