Men’s soccer: Owls finish two-game weekend without a loss for first time since 2013

Team earns first win of year versus Niagara Friday, tie Wisconsin on Sunday.


Senior defender David Adejunmobi passes the ball in Friday’s win over Niagara. Mohammed F. Emran | Staff Photographer

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor


fter an early fourth minute goal, the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team seemed content preserving its players energy during Florida Atlantic’s second game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton.

Much of the first half was spent with the defenders passing around the ball, rarely advancing it past midfield. The Owls struggled to control possession and, other than a shot on goal from senior Jason Fitzgerald in the 24th minute, failed to put up a shot until the 79th minute.

After a playing stint earlier in the game, senior Elijah McDonald re-entered the field in the 84th minute. Five minutes later, the forward found the back of the net to tie the game.

The two teams battled for a win in overtime, but neither were able to collect a game-ending goal as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Two nights earlier the Owls had a similar game, saving their best for late after testing Niagara’s goalkeeper only once in the game’s first 67 minutes. From the right side of the field, junior Danny Del Rio crossed the ball and found the head of a sliding Fitzgerald, who scored his first goal of the season.

Senior goalie Phillip Hitpass picked up his first clean sheet of the season in the team’s first victory.

FAU’s defense helped out its senior goalie, as Hitpass faced a total of five shots on target over the weekend.

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @feeney42.