Badger Sports Roundup, Nov. 9

In this edition: men's soccer, men's and women's swim, earn victories; MacLeod's Canadian National Team headed to Gold Medal game

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Men's soccer Crusades against Valparaiso


Despite a slow start, the men's soccer team defeated Valparaiso 3-2 Saturday with great contributions from its freshman class.


Valparaiso put a point on the board first when senior forward Adam Newell gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game. Wisconsin answered that goal 30 minutes later with a goal from freshman defender/midfielder Aaron Hohlbein, the first of three Wisconsin freshmen to find the goal.


Late in the second period, Wisconsin broke away from Valparaiso, as freshman defender Hamid Afsari kicked his first career goal as a Badger.


With two minutes left in the game, freshman forward Mathew Jelacic put the game out of reach with Wisconsin's third goal. Valpo was not through scoring, posting another goal, this one from freshman defender Henrik Turk, with just nine seconds left.


In the net, junior Eric Hanson had three saves while sophomore Jeff Oleck had nine for Valpo.


Men's swimming narrowly defeats Indiana


The No. 10 men's swimming and diving team just barely eeked out a win against Indiana Friday at the UW Natatorium, defeating the Hoosiers 117-114.


For Wisconsin, Junior Adam Mania helped set four pool records and won the 200-yard freestyle. Mania set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:47.39. His 400-yard medley relay team of Mania and seniors Kevin Zakrzewski, Matt Marshall and Dale Rogers, set a pool record of 3:18.45. Rogers also took first in the 100-yard freestyle and Marshall took the 50-yard freestyle. Other top Wisconsin finishers include junior Tim Liebhold in the 400-yard individual medley and junior Eric Wiesner in the 500-yard freestyle.


Women's swimming easily defeats Indiana


The women's swimming and diving team dominated against Indiana Friday at the Natatorium, finishing first in 10 of 12 events and earning 142 points to Indiana's 100.


Junior Carly Piper put up a strong showing, winning the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle. Senior Bethany Pendleton, who broke a pool record in the 400-yard individual medley by finishing in 4:18.31, participated on the top-finishing 400-yard medley relay time, which finished in 3:45.71.  Senior Molly Buhrandt, sophomore Amalia Sarnecki and freshman Susan Johnson also participated on the team. Johnson contributed another win, this one in the 200-yard backstroke. Sophomore Sarah Hernandez took the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and swam with the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team; Pendleton, sophomore Anna Trinidad and sophomore Shannon VanCuren also participated.


For the divers, sophomore divers Cassie Kubly and Amanda Witte took second and third on the three-meter boards. On the one-meter boards, Witte took third and Kubly came in fourth.


Canada reaches Gold Medal game


Wisconsin defenseman Carla MacLeod and Team Canada will skate for Gold Sunday at the Four Nations Cup. Canada defeated Finland, 5-1, Saturday to secure a spot in the final, where it will face Team USA in the Gold Medal game Sunday. Finland and host Sweden will face off for the bronze.


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