Matadors Fall To Wisconsin 2-0 In Opening Game of the Panther Classic

Sept. 12, 2008

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Back-to-back goals scored by Wisconsin forward Victor Diaz and midfielder Kenny Dix was all it took for the Matadors (3-2-0) to suffer their second loss of the season as they fell to the Wisconsin Badgers (4-0-1) in their opening match of the 35th Annual Panther Tournament Friday afternoon.

It was a Matador turnover that took place inside their half of the field that led to the Diaz goal at the 61st minute, the first goal that the Matadors had allowed in the last 401 minutes of game time.

Less than two minutes later, the Badgers were able to penetrate the Matador defense once again as it was a well-placed cross that Dix was able to handle near the far post and take advantage of for the second goal of the game.

The Matadors were able to create their own scoring chances all game long, but were unable get past Wisconsin goalkeeper Alex Horwath as he made a number of great saves throughout the entire game, and gave his team a chance to leave Engelmann Field with a win.

When Badger midfielder Austin Spohn received a red card in the 74th minute, the Matadors wasted no opportunity to take advantage of their fortuitous situation.

From that point on, the Badgers shifted their focus to their half of the field in an effort to prevent the potent Matador offense from creating additional scoring opportunities.

Even though the Matadors out-shot their opponent 19-10, not one of those shots were able to find the back of the net as the two-goal deficit proved to be too difficult to overcome, even with the man advantage during the last part of the game.

The loss snapped the Matadors winning streak at three games.

In their final match of the tournament, the Matadors will face the host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST/!2:30 p.m. PST as they look to split their two games played in Milwaukee and return home on a winning note.