Wisconsin men's soccer releases 2012 schedule


ON WISCONSIN <b>The Badgers kick off the 2012 season on Aug. 17 with an exhibition game against Louisville.</b>
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The Badgers kick off the 2012 season on Aug. 17 with an exhibition game against Louisville.
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May 18, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- A tough schedule awaits the 2012 Wisconsin men’s soccer team this fall, as the Badgers are set to host nine home games and play two top-10 teams.

“The staff and I are extremely excited to announce our 2012 schedule,” head coach John Trask said. “Having finished tied for second in the Big Ten; we are anxiously looking forward to the upcoming campaign.

“The strides this team has made in the past twelve months has allowed us to schedule quality in and out of region contests with the goal to prepare this team for a run at a Big Ten championship and an NCAA birth.”

Wisconsin kicks off the season with a pair of exhibition games in August. On Aug. 17, the Badgers play Louisville, who finished the 2011 season ranked No. 7, in Fort Wayne, Ind. UW will stay in Indiana and play Evansville in Angola, Ind., on Aug. 19.

The Badgers start the official season on the road at Memphis on Aug. 24 and travel to Portland for a pair of games Aug. 31 and Sept. 2, before opening the season at home against Florida International and Georgetown, Sept. 7 and 9, respectively.

“The team will play nine home matches, which include a tough non-conference schedule, to test the team,” Trask continued. “To have Georgetown and FIU, two very tough teams, come to McClimon early in September will give us a great gauge as to where we are.”

Wisconsin kicks off the Big Ten season with a home match against Penn State on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. In 2011, Wisconsin defeated the Nittany Lions, 1-0, in double overtime to finish tied for second in league play and earn the third seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Penn State game will also serve as alumni weekend for all former members of the Wisconsin men’s soccer team.

A trip to in-state rival Marquette on Sept. 26 and non-conference action against Cleveland State on Sept. 29 wrap up the September portion of the Badgers’ schedule.

Wisconsin will travel to Indiana on Oct. 6. The Badgers defeated the Hoosiers, who finished the 2011 season ranked tenth, in a thrilling 2-0 shutout victory in Madison last season. It was Wisconsin’s first win of the season over a ranked opponent and marked UW’s first win over the Hoosiers in 16 years.

The Badgers return home to McClimon for a three-game home stand, playing Milwaukee (Oct. 10), Michigan (Oct. 13) and Green Bay (Oct. 17) all at 7 p.m.

UW travels to Michigan State on Oct. 21, before closing out the home portion of its schedule on Oct. 24 and 28 against Missouri-Kansas City and Northwestern, respectively.

The regular season ends on the road at Ohio State on Nov. 4.

Northwestern will serve as host of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 7-11 in Evanston, Ill.

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