After an impressive 2006 season that saw the Badgers ranked as high as No. 22, the UW mens soccer team will attempt for another successful campaign in 2007 with a schedule that features five teams from last years NCAA tournament.
After exhibition games against UW-Parkside and UW-Oshkosh, the Badgers will open their season at the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational, a tournament hosted by UW and played at McClimon Soccer Complex. Wisconsins opening contest will be against Tulsa on Aug. 31, followed by a Sept. 2 matchup versus Western Michigan.
UW will then travel to Berkeley, Calif., to participate in the Cal Legacy Classic. First off for Wisconsin will be Stanford on Sept. 7. Two days later, the Badgers will face California. The Golden Bears finished last season ranked No. 11 and are one of five teams on UWs schedule that made the NCAA tournament, along with Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Illinois-Chicago and Indiana.
Wisconsin will partake in further tournament play the following week when it competes in the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. The Badgers will match up against Drake on Sept. 14 and then Gonzaga on Sept. 16.
Sept. 20 will mark UWs game against in-state rival UW-Green Bay. Later that week, Wisconsin opens its Big Ten season at Michigan on Sept. 23.
UW will return home on Sept. 26 when the Northern Illinois Huskies visit Madison. Wisconsin will remain at McClimon Soccer Complex for its contest against Michigan State at the end of the week on Sept. 30.
Wisconsins October will consist of a matchup at Northwestern on the 6th, at UW-Milwaukee on the 10th, at home against both Ohio State on the 13th and Marquette on the 17th, at Penn State on the 20th, at home against Oakland on the 24th and at Illinois-Chicago on the 28th.
The Badgers will close their regular season at home on Nov. 3 against an Indiana squad ranked No. 6 at the end of last season. UW finished last years regular season against Indiana as well in a game that decided the Big Ten regular season title. The Hoosiers won, 1-0, in Bloomington, Ind.
Once the regular season is over, Wisconsin will look to do some damage at the Big Ten tournament at East Lansing, Mich., hosted by Michigan State from Nov. 8-11.
After the Big Ten tournament, UW will wait and see if they qualify for the 48-team NCAA tournament that starts on Nov. 23.