The mens soccer team will travel to LaCrosse, Wis. Sunday to compete in its sixth spring competition. The UW will seek to avenge an earlier spring season loss to USL team, Minnesota Thunder. The trip will also serve as a sort of homecoming for LaCrosse native, Mike Hood. The sophomore goalkeeper attended LaCrosse Central helping his team to the conference title his sophomore year and was named the 2001 conference player of the year.
The Badgers met the Thunder earlier this spring in a round robin invite in Madison, Feb. 27. Wisconsin dropped a tight game to the Thunder before sweeping the rest of the competition, Northwestern and UW-Milwaukee.
During the universitys spring break, the team traveled to Florida and competed against four teams. Playing two Division II teams in 60 minute contests, Wisconsin was victorious by a 1-0 margin in each game. Versus the U.S. U-17 team the team played a regulation 90 minute game. The teams were tied 0-0 at the half before Victor Diaz put Wisconsin on the board. The U-17 squad scored on a penalty kick and finally knocked in a deflected shot in for the game-winner. In their last game in Florida, the Badgers dominated in a 4-3 win over UCF. It was a huge game for newcomer Diaz who registered all four goals for the UW.
The Badgers will compete at Marquette April 16 before wrapping up the spring season in Madison inviting former Badgers to participate in an alumni game on April 30.