Second-year head coach Jeff Rohrman and the Wisconsin mens soccer team begins its 2003 season this weekend, hosting the 15th annual Rocky Rococo Wisconsin Soccer Classic. This years field is one of the strongest in the history of the Rocky Rococo Classic as in addition to the Badgers, 11th-ranked UW-Milwaukee, 20th-ranked New Mexico and Northern Illinois make up the four-team tournament.
The 2003 Badgers seem to have a very good mix of experienced veterans and young talent. At forward junior Nick Van Sicklen (Madison, Wis.), the UWs leading scorer a year ago with 7-5=19, and junior transfer Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) look to be the offensive leaders. Defensively, senior captains Erol Goknur (Madison, Wis.) and Watson Vaughan Prather (Potomac, Md.) and junior captain Eric Hanson in goal will lead.
Thirteen new faces wear the Badger uniform this season, including 11 players from the Madison-Milwaukee areas.
Play begins Friday evening at 5 p.m. when UW Milwaukee and Northern Illinois open action at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Badgers take the field at 7:30 against the Lobos of New Mexico. UNM is picked to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title this season after losing just four letterwinners off its 18-4-0 NCAA second-round team of a year ago.
On Sunday, which is `Team Poster Giveaway Day, the action wraps up with a noon matchup featuring UW-Milwaukee and New Mexico and a 2:30 p.m. start between the UW and Northern Illinois. Following the game between the Badgers and Huskies, players will be available for autographs.
Tickets, which are good for both games that day, are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for youth, senior citizens and students and can be purchased at the door.