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Unbeaten Badgers set for season's first road trip



Fresh off a thrilling win Sunday over Western Illinois, the Wisconsin mens soccer team heads to San Diego, Calif., this weekend to take part in the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament. The Badgers will face the University of San Diego at 9 p.m. Friday before battling host San Diego State at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Game 3 | Wisconsin (1-0-1) vs. San Diego (2-0-0)
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament
Date: Friday, Sept. 11
Time: 9 p.m. (CST)
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Site: Torero Stadium (6,000)
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All-Time Series: Tied, 0-0-1

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The Week Ahead
The Wisconsin mens soccer team looks to continue its unbeaten start to the season in the years first road trip, as the Badgers head west to battle San Diego (2-0-0) on Friday and then take on San Diego State (0-2-0) Sunday as part of the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.

Both matches will be played at the home field of the Badgers opponents. Fridays match will take place at USDs Torero Stadium, while Sundays contest will be held at the SDSU Sports Deck. The fourth team taking part in the event, Penn, also will face both schools on their home fields.

Online Coverage Expands
Fans unable to attend the Badgers matches in person can stay close to the action at home thanks to a pair of additions to online coverage of home games at UWBadgers.com. Live stats will continue to be offered for every home game in 2009, but fans can now enjoy a more in-depth presentation of the events on the field through GameTracker from CBS College Sports.

In addition, soccer fans will be able to follow along with the live, interactive in-game blogs that have become popular for a number of Badgers sports on UWBadgers.com.

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Looking Back
Wisconsin carries the momentum of an unbeaten start to the season after battling Virginia Tech to a sportid=122&storyid=18906"> --> scoreless draw on Friday (Sept. 4) and then scoring a sportid=122&storyid=18924"> --> 1-0 win over Western Illinois on a goal by sophomore Mark Roos with just three seconds left in regulation Sunday (Sept. 6).

The Badgers finished second in their own Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational, with senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath taking Defensive MVP honors and three other players Brandon Miller, Scott Lorenz and Roos named all-tournament.

This weekends trip to San Diego marks the first road games of the year for the Badgers, who will meet both San Diego and San Diego State on their home fields. Last season, Wisconsin went 5-1-0 in non-conference games away from home.

Defensively, the Badgers are off to their best start in seven years after opening the season with back-to-back shutouts of Virginia Tech and Western Illinois. The last time UW began a season with consecutive shutouts was 2002, when the Badgers held their first three opponents scoreless.

The Badgers are unbeaten through two games for the second-consecutive season and the sixth time since 2000. UW is one of four Big Ten schools yet to suffer a loss in 2009. The last time Wisconsin was unbeaten through three games to begin a season was 2002, when the Badgers opened with four-consecutive wins.

Wisconsins 199-minute, 57-second scoreless drought to open the season was the longest scoreless stretch to start a season in school history. The Badgers have been shut out seven times in season-openers but have never suffered back-to-back shutouts to begin a season.

The Badgers have not played a game west of the Mississippi River since downing California, 1-0, in the Cal Legacy Classic on Sept. 9, 2007.

Scouting the Opponent: San Diego
The Toreros enter the weekend coming off a successful opening week of action, as they defeated Cal State Northridge, 2-0, and scored a 1-0 win over cross-town rival San Diego State.

Much like the Badgers, San Diego has yet to yield a goal this season, with goalkeeper Kelin Briones posting both of the Toreros shutouts in goal and collecting 12 saves. He had nine saves in the Toreros win over San Diego State.

In those opening contests, San Diego put more than half (13) of their total shots (23) on goal, but the Toreros also allowed their opponents an average of 24 shots per game.

Dan Delgado and reserve Kyle Ochoa tallied the Toreros scores in their 2-0 win over Northridge, while Patrick Wallen collected his first career goal by providing the game-winner against SDSU on Sunday.
San Diego is led by 31st-year head coach Seamus McFadden, who collected his 300th win last season.

Scouting the Opponent: San Diego State
The Aztecs suffered a pair of defeats on their home field to open the season last week, dropping a 2-1 decision to Loyola Marymount and then falling, 1-0, to San Diego on Sunday.

SDSU has put 16 of its 30 shots this season on goal, but the nine saves recorded by San Diego goalkeeper Kelin Briones on Sunday limited the damage of the Aztecs attack.

Goalkeeper Brad Byrns has made seven saves and allowed all three goals SDSU has given up so far this season, owning a goals-against average of 1.50.

The Aztecs lone goal of their opening week came from Daniel Steres, who found the net against Loyola Marymount.

About the Series
Wisconsin and San Diego have met just once, a game played as part of the Reebok Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., on Aug. 30, 1996. The Badgers and Toreros tied in that season-opening contest, battling to a 0-0 draw in overtime.

All-time, the Badgers own a 7-3-2 record against current members of the West Coast Conference. UW last played a WCC team on Sept. 5, 2008, when the Badgers scored a 1-0 overtime win over Santa Clara.

Sundays match will be the first-ever meeting between Wisconsin and San Diego State.
The Badgers are 4-5-1 all-time against current members of the Pac-10 Conference, including 1-0 wins over California and Stanford in 2007.

About the Event
The Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament is in its second year. Michigan went 1-0-1 to win the inaugural event last season, with the host Aztecs (1-1-0) second, Albany (1-1-0) third and San Diego (0-1-1) fourth.

On the Board
Mark Roos game-winning goal in the 90th minute of the Badgers win over Western Illinois (Sept. 6) snapped a scoreless drought of 199 minutes, 57 seconds for the Badgers. The streak was the longest dry spell to open a season in school history.

The Badgers longest opening scoring drought prior to this season was 152:46, which came when UW opened the 1998 season with a 1-0 loss to Northern Illinois (9/4/98) and then scored in the 63rd minute of a 4-1 loss to Richmond (9/6/98).

Horwath Honored
Senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath posted back-to-back shutouts to open the season, blanking both Virginia Tech (Sept. 4) and Western Illinois (Sept. 6), to earn Defensive MVP honors at the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational.

Horwath, who has moved into fifth place on the Badgers all-time shutouts list with 15 for his career, was then named Big Ten Defensive Player of Week by the league for the week of Sept. 7.

Yeagley Makes Wisconsin Debut
Todd Yeagley became the fifth head coach in Wisconsin mens soccer history when he was hired on Dec. 18, 2008. He made his head coaching debut when the Badgers took on Virginia Tech on Sept. 4, becoming the first UW head man to start his career with a tie.

Heres a look at how UW coaches have fared in their first game at Wisconsin:

Bill Reddan (1977): W, 3-1 (at UW-Parkside)
Jim Launder (1982): L, 0-1 (vs. Cleveland State)
Kalekeni Banda (1997): W, 3-2 OT (vs. Davidson)
Jeff Rohrman (2002): W, 4-0 (vs. Iona)
Todd Yeagley (2009): T, 0-0 2OT (vs. Virginia Tech)

Reddan Heads to Hall
Wisconsin soccer pioneer sportid=122&storyid=18838"> --> Bill Reddan was among those inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 4 as part of the Class of 2009.

The schools first mens soccer head coach, Reddan is credited with founding the UW program first as a club sport and then guiding the Badgers after the program achieved varsity status in 1977.

Reddan compiled a 49-27-9 record in his five seasons as head coach, led the Badgers to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth in 1981 and served as an assistant on UWs 1995 NCAA championship team.

Network Connection
For the third-consecutive season, the Badgers will have at least two of their regular-season matches televised nationally by Big Ten Network. UWs home game against defending Big Ten champion Michigan State (Oct. 11) will be carried live by the network, while the Badgers conference finale at Penn State (Oct. 31) will air on a tape-delay basis on Nov. 1.

Badgers Picked for Fifth
Wisconsin has been tabbed to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference this season, according to the leagues annual preseason coaches poll. Indiana was picked to win the league, which features four teams ranked in the preseason NSCAA Top 25.

2009 Big Ten Preseason Mens Soccer Poll
1. Indiana
2. Northwestern
3. Michigan State
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State, Wisconsin
7. Michigan

McCrudden One to `Keep an Eye On
Freshman defender athid=66139&deptid=122"> --> Kyle McCrudden has been named to College Soccer News annual list of `100 Freshman to Keep an Eye On. Last season, then-freshman Colin Monasterio was named to the same list and went on to earn Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors in his rookie year at UW.

Examining the Exhibitions
Wisconsin begins the regular season on the heels of a pair of exhibition contests in which it went 1-1. The Badgers opened the preseason with a sportid=122&storyid=18759"> --> 1-0 overtime win over UW-Parkside on Aug. 24 and then dropped a sportid=122&storyid=18823"> --> 2-1 decision to No. 3 Akron on Saturday (Aug. 29) at the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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