Nov. 2, 2006
Columbus, Ohio - No. 6 Michigan defeated third-seed Wisconsin, 1-0, in the second game of the Big Ten Men's Championship on Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In the second half, sophomore Chase Tennant scored his first goal of the season to advance the Wolverines to the semifinal round.
Michigan, which leads the Big Ten in shots per game (16.4 spg), carried the tempo throughout the first half, tallying 11 to Wisconsin's four. UW was led by freshman Pablo Delgado, who notched three shots, while goalkeeper Jake Settle kept the Badgers in the game, registering four saves heading into halftime.
The score remained scoreless until the 67th minute when Steve Bonnell set up the play with a pass to Mauro Fuzetti on the right flank, and Fuzetti then crossed the ball to a diving Tennant. Tennant headed in the marker from seven yards out, beating Badgers' keeper Settle to his left.
The Badgers looked to even the score in the final five minutes of regulation, however Michigan stayed strong, disrupting three corner kicks and earning their sixth shutout of the year.
Michigan outshot Wisconsin, 22-9, while freshman goalkeeper Patrick Sperry picked up his fifth career shutout. UW's Settle finished the game with seven saves.
The Wolverines, who improve to 10-6-2 on the season, will now face the winner of the Ohio State-Michigan State contest in Friday's second semifinal, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. It marks the second semifinal game for the Wolverines in the last three championships. In 2004, Michigan defeated Ohio State in overtime before falling to Northwestern in the semifinals.