||vs. Louisville #
||vs. Evansville #
||T, 1-1 (2OT)
||T, 1-1 (2OT)
||vs. Western Illinois
||T, 0-0 (2OT)
||vs. Penn State *
||L, 2-1 (2OT)
||vs. Cleveland State
||at Indiana *
||vs. Michigan *
||vs. Green Bay
||at Michigan State *
||vs. Northwestern *
||at Ohio State *
||T, 0-0 (2OT)
Home games in bold
# Exhibition game * Big Ten game
• Game Notes
The week ahead
The Wisconsin men’s soccer team takes off for Evanston, Ill. to compete in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers will take on Michigan in their first-round match at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. With a win, UW would face the winner of the Northwestern vs. Ohio State match in the semifinals.
UW faced Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, this Sunday. The game ended in a scoreless draw, thanks in part to another strong effort from Badger keeper Chase Rau. The freshman kept the Buckeyes off the board by making six saves (a season-high), including one in overtime. He has not allowed a goal in his last 261 minutes in the net.
The Badgers will enter the Big Ten Tournament on a 351-minute shutout streak. The streak is the longest of the season for UW, surpassing a 304-minute shutout streak recorded from Sept. 9 - 21. While Chase Rau was in the net for every minute of the first shutout streak, he and Max Jentsch have combined to hold opponents off the board during this scoreless streak. Rau is responsible for 261 of the shutout minutes, while Jentsch posted a 90-minute shutout of UMKC to contribute to the streak. In both streaks, Rau has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Wisconsin has posted shutouts in four of its last five games, with the only exception being a 2-0 loss to Michigan State on Oct. 21.
The Badgers will not have to defeat any teams that they lost to in the regular season to get to the Big Ten Championship game. UW’s first-round match is against Michigan, a team that the Badgers beat 2-1 in Madison on Oct. 13. Wisconsin would then play the winner of the Northwestern-Ohio State match. UW has tied both teams, 0-0 in double overtime.
The Badgers will look to reach the conference semifinals for the second straight season. To do so, they will have to get past Michigan in the first round. The two teams have a strong recent history in the Big Ten Tournament, as the Badgers topped the Wolverines, 2-0, last season to advance to the conference semifinals. The game was revenge for the Badgers, who lost to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, 1-0, in 2010.
Michigan comes into the Big Ten Tournament on a hot streak. The Wolverines have won four of their last five matches, rocketing up the Big Ten standings to finish the regular season in third-place.
The Wolverines will have to figure out how to play on the road, as they have been a much better home team than road team this season. Michigan is 7-3-1 in games played in Ann Arbor, Mich. this season, compared to 1-5-0 on the road. Wednesday’s match will be Michigan’s first at a neutral site.
Michigan keeper Adam Grinwis leads the Big Ten with 72 saves. He owns a 1.19 goals-against average, and has tallied four shutouts this season, including two in the past three games.
Fabio Pereira and Tyler Arnone lead the Michigan offense, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Pereira is Michigan’s main distributor, leading the Wolverines with six assists. Many of his passes find the feet of Arnone, who has a team-best four goals for Michigan. Alex Ivanov and Alex Wimmer split time in the net for OSU. Ivanov has started seven games and made 39 saves, while Wimmer has started 10 games and made 49 saves. Ivanov’s goals-against-average is 1.73, while Wimmer’s is 1.76.
About The Series
The Badgers have struggled to figure out Michigan, trailing in the all-time series, 5-10-3. However, the Badgers have won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 2-1 win in Madison earlier this season.
Scouting A Potential Semifinal Matchup
Northwestern looks to be the favorite to advance to the second round. The Wildcats are owners of the second seed in the tournament, and face last-place Ohio State in the first round. The Badgers have played Northwestern tough, keeping the Wildcats off the scoreboard in a matchup in Madison on Oct. 28 that ended in a scoreless draw.Northwestern looks to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions, after they defeated Indiana in last year’s final.
Should Ohio State and Wisconsin advance, the Badgers would face a potent offensive team, albeit a team that the Badgers held scoreless in Sunday’s match in Columbus, Ohio. Like UW’s match against Northwestern, the Badgers-Buckeyes matchup ended in a scoreless draw. The Buckeyes rank near the top of the Big Ten in shots (first), goals (second), and points (second).
Goalkeeping is also a strength for OSU, as the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in saves.