Short-handed Rattlers soccer holds on
The Ratters’ Taylor Pavlik scored the winning goal in the 80th minute with an assist from Jon Martinez. UW-Rock played the final 30 minutes a man short after Janesville Craig graduate Grant Jahns received a double yellow card.
“We were a man down and still pulled it out,” UW-Rock coach Grant McNall said. “We really pulled together as a team.”
UW-Rock blew up Sheboygan in the first half, rolling to a 3-0 advantage. Sheboygan bounced back to knot the game, 3-3, at the break.
Luke Smith scored at 44 minutes to put the Rattlers ahead, 4-3, but a hand ball call led to a successful penalty kick for Sheboygan to tie it, 4-4.
UW-Rock hosts UW-Fox Valley in a rematch of last season’s conference championship match at 1 p.m. Saturday.
UW-ROCK 5, UW-SHEBOYGAN 4
UW-Rock County 3 2—5
UW-Sheboygan 3 1—4
UW-R—Taylor Pavlik, (Grant Jahns) 20:00. UW-R—Jahns (James Baines), 21:00. UW-R— Jon Martinez (Tyler O’Rourke) 26:00. UW-S—Hue Yang (Brandon Jentink), 30:00. UW-S—Yank, 34:00. UW-S—Jimmy Mani, 44:00.
UW-R—Luke Smith (O’Rourke, Martinez), 48:00. UW-Sheboygan—Mani (penalty kick). UW-R—Pavlik (Martinez), 80:00.
Saves—Jose Montero (UW-R) 6. Mike Ortlieb (UW-S) 5.