The Wisconsin men's soccer team is spending its spring break in the nation's capital. The Badgers played three matches, including a contest with 2005 NCAA champion Maryland. The team also found time to tour the capital city.
On Sunday, Wisconsin opened play and fell to the Richmond Kickers club team, 1-0, its only loss of the trip. Sophomore Mike Hood spent time in goal for the Badgers, but the Kickers found the net in the 47th minute.
Later in the day, the Badgers faced the University of Richmond, claiming a 3-0 win over the Spiders. Jake Settle got the nod in goal and posted a shutout. Hamid Afsari, Erik Ortega and Victor Diaz scored for the Cardinal and White.
On Monday, Wisconsin took its first tour of the trip, visiting the Pentagon.
Wisconsin battled defending NCAA champion Maryland Tuesday, tying the Terps 1-1 in four 30 minuted periods. Both Settle and Hood saw action for 60 minutes in the net. Both teams, ironcially, scored in the first period. Maryland's goal came in the 15th minunte from Robbie Rogers, but the Badgers responded in the 23rd minute, getting a score from Diaz off a free kick.
Wednesday was another sightseeing day for the Badgers. The squad had the opportunity to meet Senator Herb Kohl, for whom the Kohl Center is named and a 1956 graduate of Wisconsin. The team also toured the Capitol building and the White House.
The men's soccer team has several more spring events, beginning April 1 with a round robin tournament at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Norhtwestern, UW-Green Bay and UW-Parkside will join the Badgers in the event.