April 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – In the second game of its spring exhibition season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team battled the Louisville Cardinals to a scoreless draw, Saturday, April 14 in Louisville, Ky.
The Badgers used the game at Louisville as a chance to move some new guys into the lineup and test out different approaches against a tough Cardinals team.
“We saw some positives [in the game at Louisville],” UW head coach John Trask said. “We got some minutes for guys that maybe didn’t play as much in the fall.
“That’s all part of the spring exhibition season, taking a look at some guys at different spots and maybe rearranging the formation a little bit. Louisville is a very good program with a good coaching staff and good players, so it was a good test for us for the spring.”
Wisconsin is looking to make the most of the spring season, as the Badgers work to develop a powerful formation and fill the roles of the graduating seniors in preparation for the fall.
“With the graduating seniors, new guys have to step to the forefront,” Trask said. “As we build for next season, it’s not just going to be about the new players that are going to be arriving on campus. The spring is about improving individually and collectively and trying to make strides as a program.”
Up next, UW travels to Western Illinois where they look to pick up right where they left off in the fall after recording a 1-0 victory over the Leathernecks to open the season.
“I think they’re going to want to pay us back,” Trask said. “It’s a great test for our guys because we take a bus down the day of the game, so getting off the bus after a five-hour road trip and being able to get yourself mentally and physically right to play the game is an important part of the spring as well.”
The Badgers take the field against Western Illinois in a 1 p.m. matchup Saturday, April 21 in Macomb, Ill.