SCU Edged by Wisconsin In Soccer Opener

IRVINE, Calif. – On what was ruled an own goal, Santa Clara lost to Wisconsin 2-1 in the season-opener for both teams Saturday night in Irvine.

Santa Clara had rallied for a tying goal in the 81st minute when Alex Fitschen scored on cross from Murphy Campbell, only to have a fluke play decide the match moments later.

On the SCU end line, Badger forward Chris Prince sent a ball towards the front of the Broncos' net, which ricocheted off Mykell Bates and rolled inside the right post.

Prior to exchanging goals in the waning moments, Wisconsin (1-0) held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, jumping out to the advantage in the first half when Aaron Nichols' header put the Badgers on the scoreboard.

Santa Clara (0-1) responded with eight shots in the second half – compared to none by UW. It was Fitschen breaking through with nine minutes left, tying the match and putting the Broncos in a position to win before the own goal.