The Wisconsin mens soccer team (3-1-0) kicks off the 2006 home stand with the Middleton Cycle and Fitness Invitational this Friday and Sunday at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Badgers host UW-Milwaukee (2-2), Washington (3-0-0) and Creighton (1-2-1) in the Invitational.
UW faces Washington first at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Washington claimed the Nike Portland Invitational last weekend with wins over Air Force and Vermont. Junior forward Kevin Forest leads the Huskies with five goals on the season; three of which came against Air Force. UW faced Washington last season but fell in double overtime, 2-1.
Sunday, the Badgers face off against Creighton at 2:30 p.m. The Bluejays are also coming off a victorious weekend by winning the Ameritas Classic in Omaha, Neb. Creighton opened the season ranked No. 8 in the preseason NSCAA/adidas poll but stumbled against Notre Dame and Indiana in the teams opening weekend.
Wisconsin rides a three-game win streak heading into the Invitational. Last weekend at the UWM Panther Invitational, UW shut-out Lipscomb 1-0 and IPFW 7-0. The Badgers seven second-half goals against IPFW tied a school record for goals in a half set by the team in 1981 against UW-Whitewater and is also head coach Jeff Rohrmans largest margin of victory during his five-year tenure.
The Big Ten honored two UW players with Player of the Week accolades after a victorious weekend at the Panther Invitational. Sophomore forward Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) tabbed his first career Offensive POW after recording a hat trick against IPFW. Two of his goals came within 40 seconds of each other in the victory.
Senior goalkeeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) claimed the Defensive honors after shutting out opponents all weekend. He recorded a season-high five saves against Lipscomb, ended the weekend with six total saves and enters the Middleton Cycle & Fitness Invitational with three consecutive shut-outs.
Fans heading to the Invitational Friday will receive a 2006 team poster courtesy of Country Kitchen and Sunday is autograph day with the team. The tournament kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with UWM facing Creighton.