The Wisconsin women's soccer team will play its regular season finale on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern. The Badgers, who will get some extra practice time before facing the Wildcats, are trying to secure a win to better their chances for a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin sits at 32nd in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released last Monday (Oct. 19) by the NCAA. That rating was before the Badgers earned a 1-0 win over Michigan State and played to a scoreless draw at Michigan.
The Badgers are tied in second place with Penn State in the Big Ten standings. However, Wisconsin has a game or two on everyone in the Big Ten. Without a Big Ten Tournament, the 10 other Big Ten schools close out conference play between Nov. 6-8, whereas the Badgers will have an 11-day break before the start of the NCAA Tournament. The first and second round will kick off on Nov. 13 and 15 with the selection being announced on Nov. 9. The selections will be announced live on ESPNews starting at 7 p.m. CT.
Wisconsin's tough non-conference schedule paid off in the end, going 4-1-4 in conference play. Wisconsin has only dropped one Big Ten match this season in a double overtime loss to Minnesota which was due to a penalty kick. The Badgers have gone unbeaten in its last six games, including three road wins as they get ready to travel to Evanston, Ill.
On Monday Wilkins and the Badgers look to get their fifth win in the Big Ten, which would match the total number of conference of wins from the last two seasons. UW's 16 points (three points for a win and one for a tie) are the most since the 2004 seasonwhen UW finished with a 5-4-1 record (16 points) and tied for fifth in the Big Ten.
A lot will shake out this weekend before the Badgers face the Wildcats to see where they will finish in the Big Ten.