After winning the Cal Legacy Classic last weekend, the Wisconsin mens soccer team will put its three-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Milwaukee Sept. 14 and 16 to compete in the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic at Engelmann Field.
Wisconsin kicks off the tournament against No. 20 Gonzaga on Friday at 5 p.m., and will close against Drake at noon on Sunday.
Last weekend, the Badgers (3-1-0) competed against Stanford and No. 7 California in the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley, Calif. The team won both of the matches and consequently took the tournament title.
Head coach Jeff Rohrman complimented his team on its defense and toughness during both games, but was quick to turn his focus to the upcoming matches this weekend.
Our next game is against Gonzaga, who has beaten both UC-Santa Barbara and Washington. They are clearly going to be a challenging opponent for us, Rohrman stated.
Gonzaga (2-1-0), as Rohrman cited, faced both then-No. 1 UC-Santa Barbara and No. 15 Washington and came away victorious in both games. These wins have moved the Bulldogs into the national rankings, climbing up to No. 20 in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings.
Wisconsins history against Gonzaga tilts the odds in UWs favor, however. The Badgers are 2-0-0 all-time against Gonzaga. They outscored the Bulldogs 3-1 when they first met on Sept. 2, 2000 in Madison, and most recently, UW shut out Gonzaga 2-0 on Sept. 6, 2002 in Spokane, Wash.
Following the match with Gonzaga, Wisconsin faces Drake (2-2-0) on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs have split their regular season games so far, most recently defeating Central Arkansas 2-1. UW, which earned the No. 20 spot in the Soccer America Mens Top 25, will be the first ranked team Drake has faced this season.
Dating back to the schools first meeting on Sept. 23, 1994, the Badgers have never lost to Drake. Wisconsin is 7-0-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, and the last time the two competed in Milwaukee on Sept. 15, 1996, UW shut out Drake 2-0. In the most recent match, the two teams faced off on Sept. 4, 2005 in Madison, where Wisconsin won 2-1 in overtime.
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