A challenging non-conference and Big Ten calendar awaits the Wisconsin mens soccer team for its upcoming fall 2005 campaign. Wisconsin mens soccer head coach Jeff Rohrman released the finalized schedule Monday morning.
The Badgers open their season at home with the 17th-annual Wisconsin Big Toe Soccer Invitational, Sept. 2-4. Wisconsin will face UNLV Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex and wraps up the tournament Sunday against Drake at 4 p.m. UW-Milwaukee will also attend, playing a game each against UNLV and Drake, but will not face Wisconsin for the next chapter in the teams storied rivalry until later in the season.
After their opener, the Badgers will spend the majority of September on the road at three tournaments. The first stop is the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic, the nations longest running soccer tournament, Sept. 9-11 to play Fairleigh Dickinson and Oakland. The following weekends Wisconsin will compete against Butler and New Mexico at the New Mexico Tournament and Portland and Washington at the Husky Fever Classic, hosted by Washington.
Wisconsin will be back in Madison the last week of September to host Northern Illinois, Sept. 28 before opening the Big Ten Conference season vs. Ohio State, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
The UW continues its traditional in-state rivalries against all three of the states other Division I schools. The series history is tight between Wisconsin and its in-state challengers. Wisconsin will travel to UW-Milwaukee, Oct. 4, riding a two-game winning streak and an 11-12-4 all-time record vs. the Panthers. Wisconsin will host Marquette, Oct. 19 and UW-Green Bay Nov. 2. Wisconsin leads the all-time series vs. Marquette, 13-9-6 and is knotted with UW-Green Bay at 14-14-0. Last season, the Badgers swept the state for the first time since the 1992 season.
More exciting Big Ten soccer action returns to McClimon this season with conference home matches against Ohio State on Oct. 2, national champion Indiana on Oct. 14 and a home tilt vs. Big Ten tournament champ Michigan State on Oct. 30. Last season, Wisconsin split games with the Spartans, toppling them in a 2-1 win in East Lansing, Mich. before falling, 1-0, to the eventual champions in the conference tournament. While on the road, Wisconsin will tackle Penn State (Oct. 9), Michigan (Oct. 23) and Northwestern (Nov. 6) just days before returning to Evanston, Ill. for the 2005 Big Ten Tournament.
The Badgers begin post-season play this upcoming season at the 2005 Big Ten Tournament held on Northwesterns campus from Nov. 10-13. Earning a 9-10-0 overall record last season, the UWs 2004 drive fell just shy of an extended season as they were defeated in the first round of the conference tournament.
As reported earlier on uwbadgers.com, the Badgers will welcome seven new athletes to the roster this fall: forwards Eric Conklin (Rockford, Ill.) and Sam Van De Laarschot (Eden Prairie, Minn.), forward/midfielder Scott Lorenz (Barrington, Ill.), midfielder Kenny Dix (Atlanta, Ga.), goalkeeper Byron Neal (Cincinnati, Ohio) and defenders Zack Lambo (Crystal Lake, Ill.) and Andy Miller (Barrington, Ill.).
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