The Wisconsin mens soccer team is back in action this Sunday, March 28, as it hosts an indoor college and professional round-robin competition at the McClain Facility. This all-day event is free and open to the public.
The Badgers will face challenging opponents Sunday with nine-on-a-side matches against UW-Milwaukee, and the A-Leagues Milwaukee Wave United and Minnesota Thunder.
We certainly are going to be challenged with the competition, which is great for us, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. Im sure well have some moments where we can learn some things as we go through the day.
We hope to see improvement in all areas and to see a high level of consistency through the course of the four games that each team will be playing.
Though the matchups are challenging, Wisconsin had success against both of the Milwaukee teams in the past year.
Wisconsin played at UW-Milwaukee during the regular season, earning a 1-0 win on a goal by junior David Martinez. Junior goalkeeper Eric Hanson notched his third shutout of the year as the Badgers defeated the then-regionally ranked Panthers.
The Badgers battled the Wave United in an exhibition game last spring, besting Milwaukee 2-1. Martinez posted Wisconsins first goal, and junior Jed Hohlbein netted the game-winner.
Sundays competition will be the second round robin for the Badgers this spring, as they hosted a club event back on March 7. The first round robin featured top club and Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) teams from the Midwest, with appearances by the Chicago Sockers, Michigan Wolves, FC Milwaukee and two Minnesota ODP teams.
Overall we did very well in the first round robin, Rohrman said. We had great results and we scored quite a few goals. It was especially nice for us to be able to play somebody else.
It was also a good chance for us to see some of the better players in the region and for them to come and get a look at the campus. Rohrman said. All in all it was a great event. Everybody enjoyed themselves; it was a good day of competition.
Wisconsin continues its spring season at noon on Saturday, April 3, at St. Louis University.