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California Dreamin': Badgers head to West Coast for business trip

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IMG_9162_600.jpgThe Badgers hit the road for the second consecutive week as they continue their postseason in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. Wisconsin is making its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last four years, and has been pair against No. 3-seeded UCLA. Join the trip by following this picture timeline, as the team travels to Los Angeles, Calif., in preparation for the opening round of the Big Dance.

Sunday, Nov. 11
12:05 a.m.:
The team hits the hotel once more to shower and, after a couple hours of lay time, heads to the airport to catch a red-eye flight to Minneapolis, then to Chicago. It's been a great trip and we can't wait to see what the spring and fall has in store for us. IMG_9209_airport_sm.jpg

Saturday, Nov. 10 (Gameday)
4:49 p.m.: And the countdown to kick off begins!!!

10:03 a.m.: After gathering in the hotel lobby for breakfast, the team heads to a nearby meeting room to go over film. Never too early (in the morning) or too late (in the week) to polish up on in-game strategies.

Friday, Nov. 9


6:12 p.m.: The Badgers head to Drake Stadium for the team's final organized practice prior to tomorrow's NCAA opening-round match vs. third-seeded UCLA.  

12:54 p.m.: With a little bit of free time to roam, the Badgers hit Santa Monica Pier for a little shopping and sight-seeing. 


10:48 a.m.: Becky McGrath and Marta Wangard lounge in the lobby as the squad awaits the green light on heading out to Santa Monica Pier for the afternoon.


9:42 a.m.: As a result of the change in time zone, the Badgers got two extra hours of sleep before breakfast. The players really appreciated the hotel's buffet, especially "build-your-own-omelet" station.

Thursday, Nov. 8
7:35 p.m.: After nearly nine hours of traveling, the Badgers hit Marina del Ray for a much-needed dinner. The place of choice is C & O Trattoria, which is famous for its never-ending (and absolutely delicious) garlic rolls. 


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