The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team will continue its spring campaign this Saturday with a pair of matches in Chicago. The Badgers will face Big Ten foe Michigan at 2:30 p.m. before concluding the day at 4 p.m. against Loyola, with both games taking place at Loyola Soccer Park.
Were really looking forward to this weekends matches, head coach Jeff Rohrman said. They are another good opportunity for us to test ourselves and see where we are at this stage of the spring.
Both games are scheduled to be two halves of 35 minutes each. Loyola Soccer Park is located at 6336 N. Hoyne Ave. in Chicago (click f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=6336+N.+Hoyne+chicago&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=25.160769,58.710937&ie=UTF8&ll=41.997104,-87.680876&spn=0.011482,0.028667&z=16&iwloc=addr"> --> here for a map of the area).
Current Badgers Win Alumni Game
More than 20 UW mens soccer alums returned to Madison to face the current Badgers in the Alumni Game last Sunday at the McClain Athletic Facility.
In the end, the current team came out ahead of the squad of former Badgers which included a mix of recent graduates all the way back to several players from the 1995 NCAA championship team. However, the best part of the afternoon was simply having so many people who have been a part of the Wisconsin soccer program back together.
It was great to see all of the alumni come back for the match, which was a lot of fun for everyone, said Rohrman.
Badgers Successful in Florida
The Badgers had a very successful trip to Florida over spring break, posting a 1-1-1 record in three games against strong opponents.
On March 15, the Badgers split a pair of matches in Naples, Fla. In the early game, current junior Kenny Dix and current freshman Aaron Nichols each scored goals in the first half as the Badgers defeated Florida International 2-0. Current sophomore Alex Horwath played all 60 minutes of the shortened match to earn the shutout.
In the second game on March 15, current junior Eric Conklin capitalized on a free kick by current freshman Bryan Gerster in the 18th minute, but it was not enough as UW fell to Palm Beach Atlantic, last years national runner-up in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), 2-1.
Current freshman Ryan Vint was in goal for the first 30-minute half against Palm Beach Atlantic while rookie Dominick LaPorte played the second half.
The Badgers completed their trip with a 2-2 draw with the United States Under-17 Team on March 19. Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Gerster took a shot from the outside of his right foot to the far post in the 58th minute and Nichols sent in a cross that was knocked in by a U.S. defender for an own goal in the 59th minute.
The U.S. team responded with a goal less than six minutes later to cut the lead in half and then tied the game in stoppage time after the Badgers had been reduced to 10 men by a red card in the 75th minute.
Horwath returned to the UW net against the U.S. national team for the first two 30-minute periods while Vint took over for the final 30 minutes.
Following the time in Florida, Rohrman was very happy with the way his team performed during the spring break tour.
All in all, it was a great trip, Rohrman said. We had the opportunity to test ourselves against some quality opponents and I thought we played quite well for the first time getting outside this spring.
The Badgers will resume their spring season with a pair of matches at Loyola on April 13. The Badgers will take on Michigan at 2:30 p.m. and Loyola at 4 p.m. with both matches taking place at Loyola Soccer Park.
On April 19, the Badgers will travel to Western Illinois to take on the Leathernecks. Game time is set for 1 p.m.