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Badgers in beantown!

While the Badgers continue their run in the NCAA tournament, I (Jacqueline Boscacci, Athletic Communications Assistant), will be documenting the journey. The Badgers landed in Boston last night, getting settled in the hotel for a good night's rest.

The team started its Sweet 16 journey over 24 hours ago, check it out here.

Today (Thursday) the team will go train on Newton Field, which is necessary because of the unique turf. The field features a Polytan artificial playing surface. Wisconsin has practiced in the McClain Center all week to prepare, however, Paula has talked about the hard surface and how important first touches will be to avoid turnovers.

During the travel day, the team was extremely excited to be here and to playing in the Sweet 16, the pilot even made a shout out to the team on the flight. The excitement turns into focus today with meetings and video on the agenda today.

I will check back in with the running blog later tonight. Go Bucky!

Thursday, Nov. 19 - 5 p.m.
The Badgers got out on the field and checked out the facility for the first time today. The facility was really nice and even the temperature seemed to agree with us. During practice the weather remained in the 50's and the sun even came out for a bit.

Although it was nice today, the forecast calls for early morning showers that is supposed to last through midday. 

During practice the team worked on some tactical drills and then played 11 v. 11, working on how to defend BC. The Badgers are focused and know that BC will be a tough challenge, however they seem pretty confident to just go out and play their game.

After practice the team made a lunch stop before returning to the hotel for some downtime at the hotel. Next up, dinner!

Friday, Nov. 20 - 11:30 a.m.
The rain came briefly this morning, however, it was short-lived. The rain had cleared and the sun came out during training this morning. The field was a bit wet but hopefully that dries up before they play tonight.

The team is relaxed and excited. It also seems Wisconsin will have a good showing in the stands, Meghan Flannery wins the award for the most fans with 35 people coming out to see the game. Flannery's dads family lives in Massachusetts and is coming to support in full force. There are plenty of other parents who have made the the trip as well, so hopefully they can do their job from the stands!

Wisconsin is taking it one game at a time, however Wisconsin knows what is at stake. If they win tonight they would get a chance for a rematch against either top-ranked Stanford or Santa Clara. The focus right now is BC and although the Badgers are the underdogs, you wouldn't know that by thew way they have prepared.

The team will meet again for pre-game meal and then join me tonight for the live gameday blog! I will go live around 6:45 p.m. ET, find the link on the women's soccer home page.