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Dance Fever: UW makes most of appearance in Big Dance

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The Wisconsin men's soccer team has seen its fair share of dark days since its last postseason berth in 1995.

To put that into perspective, the last time UW appeared in the NCAA tournament, the 'World Wide Web' was four years young and Bill Clinton was serving his first term in office.

That 18-year drought ended Monday, as the 19th-ranked Badgers saw their name appear on the 2013 NCAA bracket.

To make the accomplishment even sweeter, UW was granted a first-round home match at a venue the team had not lost at in over a year.

"A long waiting period for the guys on the team as well as the staff," UW head coach John Trask explained. "To get rewarded with our body of work and be in the NCAA Tournament after 18 years here at the University of Wisconsin, it's more than exciting."

In its first postseason appearance (aside from Big Ten tournament) in nearly two decades, the Badgers outdueled in-state rival Milwaukee to extend the nation's longest current home unbeaten streak to 14 matches.

"It just shapes up for a great game, and it's what the NCAA Tournament is all about," Trask said. "You've got two very good, very hungry teams that haven't played each other in a long time but w're very aware of the success they've had. 

"I think it shapes up for just an excellent night of soccer."

All of the ingredients are there for UW to make an NCAA tournament run: leadership from 13 seniors, the highest scoring offense in the Big Ten, a hunger to make even more history.

Wisconsin has waited nearly two decades for an opportunity to make another run at a national title, similar to what it did in 1995. And Trask believes his team's best days are still ahead of them.

"I think there's more in this team," Trask said. "I've said it consistently to them. I'll say it publicly. I still don't think we've seen the best soccer out of this group of players."

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