Before it can anticipate playing its newly-released fall schedule, the Wisconsin mens soccer team travels to Milwaukee on Sunday, April 25, for its second look at the A-League Wave United. The exhibition game is set for 2 p.m. at Milwaukees Uihlein Soccer Park.
The Badgers and Wave United met earlier this spring in Madison at Wisconsins nine-a-side college and professional indoor round robin, held March 28. Since then, Wisconsin has worked on maintaining a top level of play while getting its players acquainted with different positions.
Using St. Louis as a measuring stick, I felt we played very well in the first 45 minutes, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. Right now we need to focus on maintaining that level through the entire game.
The Badgers fell to the Billikens 5-1 in St. Louis on April 7 in their first outdoor match of the spring. Junior Nick Van Sicklen netted Wisconsins goal less than five minutes into the start of the game.
As the spring has progressed, the Badgers have been looking for continuously solid play while working with several different lineups.
Weve been putting people in places that wed like to see them play in the fall, Rohrman said. So far everyone has done a good job at getting used to their own positions and to the people around them.
Wisconsin did not compete in last weekends Marquette University Tournament as was expected, as all three Badger goalkeepers were sidelined with injuries.
Freshmen Mike Hood and Jake Settle are expected to be cleared for play this weekend while junior Eric Hanson will miss the remainder of the spring schedule. Hanson will be ready for fall competition.
The Badgers will conclude their spring season on Friday, April 30, at the McClimon Soccer Complex with a match against Wisconsin soccer alumni. The contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.