The Wisconsin mens soccer team returns to the McClimon Soccer Complex this Saturday, April 12, to play the Milwaukee Bavarian S.C. mens amateur team at 3 p.m.
Back-to-back national Amateur Cup champions, the Bavarian major team, including former Badger forward Dominic DaPra, successfully defended their national title in 2002 by defeating the Baltimore Colts 3-1.
"The Milwaukee Bavarians are one of the, if not the, premier men's amateur team in the country and will certainly be a formidable opponent for us this weekend, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. They are not only talented, but they have experience on their side as well, and it will take a tremendous effort from us to come away with a result."
The game marks the Badgers first home exhibition game this spring after a challenging East Coast road trip during UWs spring break with close losses to three NCAA tournament teams. The Badgers were edged out 1-0 by Virginia Commonwealth early in the trip, followed by a 2-0 loss to 2002 Final Four participant Maryland and a 1-0 loss to American University.
I think in terms of playing this level of competition, it was a great experience and a great benefit for us, Rohrman said, looking back on the Badgers spring break trip. We learned some things about our team and yes, it can be frustrating when were not scoring goals and winning games, but now we can apply what weve learned to next fall.
We did compete in every single game. We came out and were confident and had some chances in each game. This is what it takes to get where we want to go.
Wisconsin will end its spring exhibition season April 26 against newly-formed outdoor A-League professional team the Milwaukee Wave United. Under head coach Art Kramer, the assistant coach of Milwaukees professional indoor team the Milwaukee Wave, the game against the Badgers will be one of the pro teams first contests before the A-League schedule starts in May.
Follow all of the Wisconsin mens soccer action this spring on UWBADGERS.com.