Season in review
Wisconsin concluded its second year under head coach John Trask with a semifinal finish at the Big Ten tournament hosted by Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. In the opening round, the Badgers shut out Michigan, 2-0, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, before falling in the semifinals, 1-0, to Penn State on Friday, Nov. 11.
The Badgers earned their 10th win of the season in the first round of the Big Ten tournament with a 2-0 victory over Michigan. The 10th win marked the first time the Badgers have recorded at least 10 wins since the 2003 season when they finished 11-10-1.
UW captured its most quality victory with a 2-0 shutout of then-undefeated and sixth-ranked Indiana in Madison on Oct. 2. The win marked the first victory for the Badgers over the Hoosiers in 16 years.
The win also marked the only victory over a ranked opponent of the season for Wisconsin. Junior Tomislav Zadro and sophomore Nick Janus recorded goals to complete the upset.
In the Big Ten
Wisconsin is 86-72-19 all-time in Big Ten games and 51-58-10 since 1991, the year the Big Ten officially recognized men’s soccer. Against current Big Ten opponents, UW holds a record of 76-81-20 in all games played. UW’s best record is against Northwestern (25-9-4), while it has fared the worst against Indiana (4-32-5).
The Badgers’ win over Penn State on Nov. 5 gave them four regular season Big Ten wins, marking the most league wins since the 1995 season. That year, UW was crowned Big Ten and NCAA champions.
2011 Big Ten tournament
With a 2-1 win over the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions, the top seeded Wildcats of Northwestern earned the Big Ten tournament title. Penn State, who had not won a conference game before the tournament, earned second place honors for the third-straight year.
Badgers at the tournament
The third-seeded Badgers earned their first true victory at the tournament since the 2003 season with an opening round victory over the sixth-seeded Wolverines. Sophomore Nick Janus and senior Josh Thiermann recorded goals in the final ten minutes of play to top Michigan, 2-0. Last season at the tournament, Wisconsin advanced to the semifinals by mercy of a 5-4 penalty kick advantage after two overtime periods against Ohio State.
For the second time in less than a week, the Badgers faced the Penn State Nittany Lions. After defeating the Lions in a thrilling double overtime finish, 1-0, in University Park, Pa., on the Saturday prior to the tournament, the Badgers were defeated by the seventh-seeded Lions, 1-0, in the semifinals of the tournament.
Badgers all-time at the Big Ten tournament
UW posts an all-time record of 22-23-5 at the Big Ten tournament, including 2011’s win. The Badgers were co-champions with Indiana at the tournament in 1995-the same year they won the NCAA title. The title in 1995 marks the only tournament title in Wisconsin soccer history.
Scoreless drought stopped
Prior to the opening round, 2-0, win, the Badgers had not scored a goal at the tournament since 2007 when Andy Miller netted the lone UW goal in a 3-1 loss to Northwestern. Sophomore Nick Janus and senior Josh Thiermann ended the scoring drought with goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Wisconsin’s two goals served as the team’s most since the 2003 season when it also scored two in a 2-0 victory over Ohio State.
Wisconsin’s loss at Northwestern on Oct. 23 snapped its three-game Big Ten win streak. UW opened league play with wins over Indiana (Oct. 2), Michigan (Oct. 9) and Michigan State (Oct 16), marking the first time since 1995 that Wisconsin has opened league play with three consecutive wins.
Big Ten dribbles …
Indiana finished the season with a league-best 39 goals, 41 assists and 119 points … Michigan led the league with 308 shots … Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta led the league with 10 goals and 25 points … UW’s Tomislav Zadro led the league with eight assists … Indiana’s Alec Purdie registered a league-best five game-winners … PSU’s Andrew Wolverton posted a league-best 0.821 goals against average
More points please
In 20 games played this season, the Badgers scored 73 points, 18 more than all of 2010. Eleven different members of the team scored at least one point this season. Junior Tomislav Zadro led the team with 20, while six players scored five or more points.
Junior Tomislav Zadro’s team-best 20 points is the most for a Badger since the 2008 season when Scott Lorenz finished with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Zadro recorded a 10-game point streak, from Sept. 4-Oct. 9. He led the Badgers with four goals and seven assists during that time.
The Badgers put together a five-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 16-Oct. 2. On Sept. 16, in Max Jentsch’s first start in goal, UW defeated Drake, 3-1. The Badgers then went on to tie SIUE (Sept. 18), defeat Loyola Marymount (Sept. 25), tie Marquette (Sept. 28) and defeat Indiana (Oct. 2). An overtime loss to then-No. 5 Creighton (Oct. 5) ended UW’s run.
The unbeaten streak was UW’s longest since the 2008 season, when the Badgers started the season 4-0-1 before falling to Binghamton in the sixth game of the season.
Jentsch put together a five-game unbeaten streak of his own, beginning with his first start of the season on Sept. 16. Jentsch recorded a 3-1 victory against Drake on Sept. 16 to capture his first win as a sophomore. The sophomore’s five-game unbeaten streak would stretch to Oct. 5, when he suffered his first loss of the season to then-No. 5 Creighton. During his unbeaten streak, Jentsch went 3-0-2 and recorded one shutout victory over then-No. 6 Indiana (Oct. 2).
Big Ten accolades
Tomislav Zadro was named to the All-Big Ten first-team. Zadro is the first Badger since the 2007 season to earn first-team honors. The midfielder led Wisconsin with six goals and eight assists for a team-best 20 points.
Chris Prince earned All-Big Ten second-team honors for the second year. Last season, Prince was also selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and Big Ten All-Tournament team. Prince ranked third on the team with nine points (4 goals, 1 assist).
AJ Cochran was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. The defender started in 17 games this season and recorded his first career goal in Wisconsin's 1-1 tie with Marquette on Sept. 28.
Blake Succa was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree. The sophomore defender started in 18 games for the Badgers this season and scored his first career goal in UW's, 2-0, win over Milwaukee on Oct. 26.
Max Jentsch earned his second Big Ten weekly award, Oct.17, for his performance in Wisconsin’s 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 16. The sophomore goalkeeper was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten after recording his second shutout in league play this season.
Jentsch earned his first weekly award of the season Oct. 3 for his shutout performance in the Badgers’ win over Indiana on Oct. 2. Jentsch blocked a penalty kick from Indiana’s Harrison Petts to preserve the 2-0 shutout.
Nick Janus also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors Oct. 3 following his performance in Wisconsin’s win over then-No. 6 Indiana on Oct. 2. Janus earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three points in the game. The award was the first of Janus’ career.
Kyle McCrudden earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors, Aug. 29, after his performance against Western Illinois on Aug. 27. McCrudden’s game-winning goal in the 68th minute was his first game-winner and second career goal at UW.
Nick Janus was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll and selected to Soccer America Men's Team of the Week after leading unranked Wisconsin to a stunning upset over No. 6 Indiana on Oct. 2. Janus earned the assist on the game-winning goal, before adding an insurance goal late in the game. He earned three points in the game and finished the season with nine points.
Tomislav Zadro and Nick Janus were selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. They represented Wisconsin on the 11-man roster of the league’s best.
AJ Cochran, Paul Yonga and Tomislav Zadro were named to the UIC Soccer Classic All-Tournament team, Sept. 18. Zadro earned three points with one goal and one assist, while Yonga and Cochran’s defensive performance helped the Badgers finish the tournament unbeaten.
Zadro’s all-tournament honors at the UIC Soccer Classic were his second of the season as he, senior Josh Thiermann and sophomore Blake Succa were named to the all-tournament team at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va, Sept. 4. Thiermann led Wisconsin with two goals, while Zadro earned his first point of the season on an assist.
Wisconsin finished the season at 49 in the RPI rankings. Northwestern ended at No. 34, while Indiana led the Big Ten in RPI ranking with a finish at No. 14.
NSCAA Coaches Poll
In the end of the season polls, New Mexico clinched the top spot followed by Creighton and North Carolina. Indiana represented the Big Ten in the top 10 coming in at No. 9, while Northwestern finished at No. 16.
In Wisconsin’s final eight games, the Badgers were either shutout or shut their opponent out. The opening round win over Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, marked the Badgers’ seventh shutout of the season. The Badgers’ last four wins came in shutout fashion. In addition to the 2-0 win over Michigan, the Badgers defeated Penn State, 1-0, on Nov. 5, earned a 1-0 win over Michigan State on Oct. 16 and a 2-0 victory at Milwaukee on Oct. 26. On the season, Wisconsin recorded seven shutout wins.
In what served as the eventual season finale to the 2011 season, the Badgers’ were shutout for the fourth time of the season in the semifinals of the Big Ten. UW suffered its eighth loss of the season, falling to Penn State, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The Badgers also suffered shutout defeats to Green Bay on Oct. 19, Northwestern on Oct. 23 and Ohio State on Oct. 30. Wisconsin was outscored, 6-0, in its four shutout losses.
Wisconsin earned its first win over an in-state opponent of the season when it defeated the Milwaukee Panthers, 2-0, on Oct. 26. UW came up short in its quest for a win in Green Bay, falling to the Phoenix, 2-0, on Oct. 19 and battled in-state rival Marquette to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 28.
The Badgers earned their first midweek win of the season when they defeated Milwaukee on Oct. 26. UW suffered a 2-0 loss to the Green Bay Phoenix on Oct. 19, and fell, 2-1, to Creighton on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Wisconsin played Marquette to a, 1-1, double overtime draw in the Badgers’ first midweek game of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 28. UW finished midweek action this season with a 2-2-1 record.
Wisconsin earned its most important Wednesday victory of the season in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament with a 2-0 win over Michigan on Nov. 9.
After recording two losses and one draw in their first three Sunday contests to start the season, the Badgers had won their last four Sunday competitions, before coming up short at Northwestern Oct. 23, 1-0. UW’s most quality Sunday victory came on Oct. 2 when it handed then-No. 6 Indiana its first loss of the season.
Welcome to McClimon
Wisconsin holds an all-time record of 89-60-15 at the McClimon Complex since 1993. In the inaugural season of action at the McClimon in 1993, the Badgers earned a program-best nine wins. In 1996 Wisconsin recorded a program-best .833 win percentage with a 7-1-1 record.
Wisconsin opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 win over Western Illinois, before suffering losses to UC Irvine and Memphis at the McClimon Complex. On Sept. 25, UW defeated Loyola Marymount in the first of a four-game homestand at McClimon before tying Marquette on Sept. 28, defeating Indiana on Oct. 2 and losing to Creighton on Oct. 5. UW returned to Madison on Oct. 16 and earned a 1-0 victory over Michigan State. The Badgers are 4-3-1 in Madison this season.
Seniors Colin Mani, Arnel Zahirovic and Josh Thiermann served as captains for the 2011 season. Thiermann played his final year of eligibility in his home state after three seasons at Notre Dame. He appeared in 18 games this season for Wisconsin, starting eight times. Mani finished the season with 57 career appearances as a Badger. This season, the senior started in 19 games for Wisconsin. Zahirovic transferred from Illinois Central College following the 2009 season. This season, the senior appeared in 11 games, starting five times.
Rookie class ranked No. 18
The 2011 incoming class earned a No. 18 ranking on the College Soccer News Top 40 Recruiting Class list. The Badgers welcomed 13 new faces to the field this fall, including eight freshmen and five transfers. North Carolina received the No. 1 ranking with a 10-member recruiting class, while Indiana's No. 4 ranking was the highest in the Big Ten. Wisconsin's No. 18 ranking was the next highest in the league, with Penn State ranked No. 24, Michigan State No. 31 and Northwestern No. 38 also making the list.
Badgers in season-openers
The Badgers are unbeaten in season-openers since 2007, including this season’s 1-0 victory over Western Illinois to begin the 2011 season. Overall, Wisconsin is 21-11-3 in season-opening matches and head coach John Trask is 2-0 in season-openers at Wisconsin.
Last season, nine of the Badgers' games went to overtime, setting a new program record for overtime games in single season. With a scoreless double overtime draw with Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, UW wrapped up the season with a 1-5-3 mark when playing extra minutes.