Aug. 21, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The preseason rolls on for the No. 21 Wisconsin men’s soccer team this weekend, as the Badgers face Creighton at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, at 7 p.m. CT on Friday.
With the second of three exhibition matches this preseason, UW looks to build on the momentum gained from its 1-0 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago in Madison last Sunday. Tom Barlow scored in his first action as a Badger, then UW held on to shut out the Flames with 80-plus minutes of work from fellow freshman goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk.
Friday’s exhibition against the Bluejays provides the first road test of the season for the Badgers and another opportunity to earn playing time and experience against a quality opponent.
“These exhibitions can often be more about us than the team we’re playing,” Wisconsin assistant coach Ian Sarachan said. “This is just another chance for us to find out more about what our team is going to look like before our regular-season opener.
“Anytime you get a chance to go on the road against a team like Creighton that is typically in the tournament and making runs, it’s invaluable. Especially for a young team like ours, they’ll get a chance to compete against some of the best players in the country and in front of a raucous crowd. This will prepare us for those kinds of environments we’ll be facing on the road throughout the season.”
Signing a class of 12 freshmen this past summer, the exhibition matches this preseason take on added value. A total of 19 Badgers saw action in the team’s first exhibition against UIC, including nine freshmen.
“We want guys to show us that they want to be on the field and have an impact,” Sarachan said. “That shouldn’t change game to game. We saw some good things against UIC and also saw some room for improvement. This is an opportunity for us to get another 90 minutes under our belt before we kick off against the University of San Francisco.”
Following Creighton, the Badgers will have one last road exhibition test against defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Notre Dame on Aug. 25. The 2014 campaign officially gets underway for Wisconsin at home against San Francisco on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.