The Wisconsin mens soccer team opened the 2008 spring season with a three-game series against UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and the Minnesota Thunder last weekend at the McClain Athletic Facility. The games were played in a 9-on-9 format with two 30-minute halves.
The Badgers finished 2-1-0 overall, tying with the Thunder, Minnesotas professional soccer team, for first. UW-Green Bay finished second with a 1-1-1 record, and UW-Milwaukee placed third at 0-2-1.
In their first game, the Badgers faced off against the Thunder. Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.), who will be a junior in the fall, sealed the 1-0 win with his first goal of the tournament.
UW then played UW-Green Bay in the teams second match, falling 1-0.
Wisconsin responded with a strong performance in its third and final match against long-time rival UW-Milwaukee in its last game, beating the Panthers 2-1. Lorenz scored both goals for the Badgers, totaling three for the tournament overall. After spending last season as an outside defender, Lorenz was placed in an attacking role for the three matches and responded by scoring every UW goal in the contests.
Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.), who will be a junior in the fall, played the full 60 minutes against the Thunder, but only logged thirty minutes in each of the following two games.
Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.), who will be a sophomore in the fall, was in goal for the second half against UW-Green Bay while rookie Dominick LaPorte played the second half against UW-Milwaukee.
This weekend the team will continue its spring slate when it heads down south to warm and sunny Florida for training and three games.
On March 15, Wisconsin will compete at the North Collier Regional Park in Naples, Fla. The Badgers will face Florida International University at 4 p.m. and Palm Beach Atlantic at 6:00 p.m. More information about the Naples facility can be found page=357"> --> here .
The team then travels to Bradenton, Fla. to take on the U17 National Team at IMGs Academy Park. The game is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 19.