Six games against NCAA Division I opponents, including a pair of contests at Camp Randall Stadium, highlight the Wisconsin mens soccer teams sportid=122"> --> spring exhibition schedule released Wednesday by first-year head coach Todd Yeagley.
The Badgers, coming off a 9-7-3 campaign in 2008, will play six games over the course of three weeks in April against competition that includes a pair of NCAA tournament qualifiers and three teams that won at least 12 games last season.
The schedule includes four opponents from last years regular-season schedule, including in-state rivals Marquette, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee in the annual Wisconsin Cup.
Were very excited for our spring matches, Yeagley said. The team has been working very hard these past few months, and were looking forward to seeing how we compete against some very challenging opponents.
The spring season is a great opportunity to evaluate our teams strengths and weaknesses as we build momentum for the fall.
The Badgers open their exhibition slate Saturday, April 4, with a matchup against Loyola (Ill.) at the Sportscore Complexes in Rockford, Ill. The Ramblers went 12-6-4 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning the Horizon League tournament title.
A pair of home dates follow for the Badgers, who will face Illinois-Chicago on Friday, April 10, and UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 15. Both games will be played at Camp Randall Stadium.
UIC, which was ranked in the top 10 for much of last season, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before being bounced from the tournament. The Flames went 13-6-6 overall and claimed the Horizon Leagues regular-season title.
The Badgers scored a 4-0 win over UW-Milwaukee in the teams meeting last season.
UW then travels to Macomb, Ill., to take on Western Illinois on Sunday, April 19. The Leathernecks went 12-5-3 last season, including a win over the Badgers in Madison.
The spring slate concludes with the Wisconsin Cup, featuring each of the states four Division I programs, in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 25. The Badgers will face Marquette early in the day and then take on either UW-Green Bay or UW-Milwaukee to close out the exhibition season.
UW scored wins over both Marquette and Green Bay last season on the way to a sweep of its in-state competition.