No. 19 UW-Platteville Loses to Wartburg, 3-2
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's soccer team had
its six-match winning streak snapped on Wednesday when they dropped
a 3-2 decision to host Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
The Knights (6-5-2) scored twice within the first 15 minutes of the second half to come away with the victory. Zubeen Azari scored his first of two goals in the first half in the 33rd minute to tie the game at 1. Then, in the 50th minute, he scored an unassisted goal that put the home team ahead 2-1. Later in the half, Neil Shields added a goal in the 65th minute for the 3-1 lead. The three goals by Wartburg are the most surrendered by the Pioneer defense all season.
The Pioneers (11-2-1) went ahead early in the contest in the 23rd minute when freshman William Pretto converted on a corner kick from senior Brandon Chmiel. UW-Platteville and Wartburg each had six shots on goal in the contest.
However, the two goals early in the second half proved to be the difference. Chmiel added his ninth goal of the season in the 88th minute after taking a pass from Brad Streich to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.
The Pioneers will look to return to their winning ways with a home match, next Wednesday, at 7 p.m. as part of a soccer doubleheader vs. Luther College at Pioneer Stadium.