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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."
Frank Kaminsky 6'11 C 4 Wisconsin avg 4ppg last yr - had a monster night- scored 41 for a typical Bo Ryan team - http://t.co/QU3imQ2D1x-- Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 20, 2013
Frank Kaminsky (@FSKPart3) had 43 tonight. His career-high at any level was 39 back at Benet Academy in Illinois.-- Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 20, 2013
Jahii Carson has 34 pts with 7 mins to play at UNLV. Who does he think he is, Frank Kaminsky?-- Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 20, 2013
I'll take Frank Kaminsky's 41 points over Jack Taylor's 100 whatever.-- Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 20, 2013
Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky scored a total of 63 points in his freshman year. He scored 43 points against North Dakota tonight. Wow.-- Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 20, 2013
Pleasant surprise of the night. Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky sets a school record w/ 43 points on 16-18 shooting (6-6 3-pt FG).-- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 20, 2013
#Badgers' Starting XI: Richard (GK), Walls, Heller, Stelzer, Meuer, McNicoll, Holmes, Schwarz, Kelter, Lavelle & Peterson— Wisconsin Soccer (@BadgerWSoccer) November 6, 2013
On our way to the Big Ten tournament! #soexcited-- Paula Wilkins (@PL_Wilkins) November 5, 2013
Wake up Wisconsin! http://t.co/h6rrZoqqWn-- Michael Weiss (@Mt_Weiss) September 10, 2013