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April 9, 2010

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s soccer team opens its 2010 spring season this weekend, with the Badgers set to take on UIC at 1 p.m. Sunday in Chicago.

The match kicks off a spring slate that includes a total of five contests, including a meeting with in-state rival Milwaukee at Camp Randall Stadium.

“As a coach, getting the opportunity to see my team compete in a match is what I’ve been waiting for,” said first-year head coach John Trask. “We have already put a good deal of time and effort into training so far this spring, and we’re excited to put that work to use this weekend.”

Sunday’s meeting with UIC will be a homecoming of sorts for Trask, who spent the previous five seasons as head coach of the Flames. Trask guided UIC to three Horizon League titles and three NCAA tournament appearances in his time at the helm.

New UW assistant coach Phil Presser also has ties to the Flames, as he served as an assistant under Trask at UIC in 2005.

Following Sunday’s match, Wisconsin returns to action with a return trip to Chicago on Saturday, April 17, when they face Loyola at 6 p.m.

The Badgers then head to the annual Wisconsin Spring Cup in Milwaukee on Sunday, April 25, where they will take on Marquette at 10 a.m. before facing either Green Bay or Milwaukee in a second match at 2 p.m.

UW’s spring schedule is rounded out with a home match against Milwaukee inside Camp Randall Stadium, a contest set for 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30.

The Badgers finished the 2009 season with a 7-9-2 record, including a 3-3-0 mark in Big Ten play that marked UW’s best league record since 2006.

For the spring, Trask takes over a Badgers squad that lost nine players to graduation and won’t welcome its 11-member recruiting class to campus until fall. Injuries limit the Badgers’ numbers even further.

“It’s an interesting spring in terms of numbers alone,” Trask said. “That being said, I think we will have the opportunity to see a number of players see significant minutes in matches as we look to build on the progress we’ve made so far in training.”

Wisconsin Men’s Soccer 2010 Spring Schedule
Sunday, April 11 at UIC, 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 at Loyola-Chicago, 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 25 vs. Green Bay (Wisconsin Spring Cup), 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 25 vs. Marquette or Milwaukee (Wisconsin Spring Cup), 1:30 or 2 p.m.
Friday, April 30 vs. Milwaukee (Camp Randall Stadium), 5 p.m.

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