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No. 20 Wisconsin tops Ohio State, advance to Big Ten semifinals

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MADISON, Wis. (Per UW Athletics) – After hosting a Big Ten tournament game for the first time since 2008, the No. 20-ranked and third-seeded Wisconsin men's soccer team showed why it's one of the best teams in the Big Ten right now by securing a 3-0 victory over No. 6 seed Ohio State to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
 
"Ohio State (5-13-1 overall, 3-4-1 Big Ten) is a very competitive group, they were in the Big Ten final, they did not want their season to end and that's what tournament soccer is all about," head coach John Trask said. "I was very proud of our guys and everyone across the board."
 
The game started off slowly for both teams as they edged for possession in the first half. However, the Badgers (11-3-3, 4-2-2) dominated the half in the shots category, leading 8-2 at the break but couldn't find the back of the net.
 
In UW's closest opportunity of the half, Elan Koenig sent a bender to the box for teammate Tom Barlow who notched a near-perfect header to the top shelf but was denied by Ohio State keeper Parker Siegfried.
 
"The goalie made some incredible saves in the first half," Barlow said. "We stayed confident because we were getting shots on goal so we didn't get down about it at halftime."
 
The flood gates opened in the second half for the Badgers, ushering in three goals for the Cardinal and White.
 
Barlow opened the gates for Wisconsin in the 52nd minute off of a ball from fellow junior Mark Segbers. Barlow bolted to the backside where Segbers notched a ball for a header finish. It was Barlow's fourth goal of the year and Segbers' third assist.
 
Four minutes later, defender Elan Koenig leveled his first career goal off of a pass from sophomore Isaac Schlenker.
 
Barlow wasn't done in the points category quite yet, notching an assist to Chris Mueller in the 79th minute of play. Barlow advanced the ball to Mueller for a strike in the box that secured the Badger win.
 
Wisconsin led shots 14-5 but trailed in corner kicks, 5-4.
 
Junior Philipp Schilling got the start in net for the Badgers and recorded his sixth shutout of the season. The junior tallied four saves on the day.
 
"At the end of the day, we're trying to win a Big Ten championship," Koenig said. "This was the first step and I think if we keep putting in performances like this, it's looking good."
 
The Badgers now advance to play Indiana – who they previously tied 0-0 -- in Westfield, Indiana at Grand Park on Friday, Nov. 11.
 
"We're right on the bubble (for the NCAA tournament) so we have our destiny in our hands," Barlow added. "We just have to keep winning and we will see what happens."

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