After going 1-1 over the weekend in the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic, the Wisconsin mens soccer team (4-1-1) opens Big Ten Conference play in a nationally-televised matchup with Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington, Ind.
Big Ten Network will broadcast Sundays match live, with game time set for 2 p.m., as the Badgers head to Bloomington seeking their first win over the Hoosiers since 1995, the same year the UW went on to claim the NCAA championship.
Wisconsin (4-1-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten)
at No. 14 Indiana (3-1-2, 0-0-0 Big Ten)
Sunday, Sept. 21 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
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Sundays loss to Binghamton halted the Badgers unbeaten streak to begin the season at five, but the team is still in the midst of its hottest start in six years. The last time a UW team had just one loss through its first six matches was 2002, when the Badgers opened the season 5-1-0. This is the sixth time since 2000 that the Badgers have tallied at least four wins in their first six games of a season.
Binghamton held the Badgers without a score in Sundays match, marking the first time the UW had been shut out since a scoreless tie with then-No. 10 Indiana in the teams regular-season finale last season (Nov. 4).
Senior athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz , who has led the UW in scoring each of his first three seasons, tallied his first point of the year by notching the Badgers first goal in Fridays 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge.
When athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix found the net in Fridays 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge, it was just the second goal of the seniors career. Dixs other score was a game-winner in a 1-0 road victory over Marquette on Oct. 11, 2006.
Fridays 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge gave junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath his second shutout of the season. Horwath, who has played every minute in goal for the Badgers this season, also blanked Santa Clara in a 1-0 win for the UW on Sept. 5. For his career, Horwath has logged nine shutouts. He currently leads the Big Ten with 27 saves on the season and ranks third in the league in goals-against average at 0.94.
The Badgers have tallied 10 goals so far this season, with eight different players contributing to the scoring. After scoring 23 goals in 19 games last season, the Badgers are on pace to score just over 31 goals this year.
The Badgers are getting more looks at the net this season than in the 2007 campaign, logging an average of 6.0 shots-on-goal per game. The UW averaged 5.2 per game last season.
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Seniors Kenny Dix and Victor Diaz each tallied their first goals of the season to power the Badgers to their first unbeaten start thorugh five games since the 2001 season. Junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado logged his team-leading seventh point of the season with the assist on Dix's goal, while junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath also earned his second shutout of the year. The Badgers tallied their fourth multiple-goal game in five matches this season after scorign multiple goals just five times in the entire 2007 campaign.
Binghamton 1, Wisconsin 0 (Sept. 14) | sportid=122&storyid=14981"> --> Recap
Binghamton handed the Badgers their first loss of the season despite solid play in net from Horwath in goal, who tallied five saves. Binghamtons Andy Tiedt scored the games only goal in the 36th minute off an assist from Kyle Kucharski. The tap-in from 3 yards out was all the scoring either team would muster the rest of the way in a contest played in driving rain from start to finish.
After a slow start, the Hoosiers (3-1-2) moved above the .500 mark for the season with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a 3-0 road victory over No. 24 UCLA on Friday . Indiana averages 16.3 shots per game but has scored just seven goals in six matches, with freshman Will Bruin leading the way with a pair of scores. Senior goalkeeper Chay Cain has played every minute for the Hoosiers in goal and owns a 0.93 goals-against average. Cain was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
ABOUT THE SERIES
In the teams last meeting, the Badgers held the No. 10 Hoosiers to a scoreless draw to close out the 2007 regular season (Nov. 4). The tie snapped a streak of 14 consecutive wins in the series by Indiana.
The Hoosiers hold a 29-3-4 lead in the teams all-time series. The Badgers last win over Indiana was a 2-0 triumph on Oct. 13, 1995 in Madison.
The Badgers only win over the Hoosiers in Bloomington was a 1-0 victory in the 1993 Big Ten Tournament (Nov. 21). The UW has never defeated Indiana on its home field in a regular-season game and is 1-16-2 all-time against the Hoosiers in Bloomington (including Big Ten tournament and NCAA tournament games).
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WISCONSIN MENS SOCCER QUICK FACTS
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wis. (pop. 223,889)
Enrollment: 42,041 (28,999 undergrad)
Colors: Cardinal and White
Conference: Big Ten
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Chancellor: Biddy (Carolyn A.) Martin
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Facility: Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex
All-time record: 339-123-58 (.708)
Assistant A.D., Communications: Justin Doherty
Director of Web Site Services: Tamara J. Flarup
Staff Assistant (Mens Soccer Contact): Brian Mason
Mason's Office Phone: (608) 262-2311
Mason's Cell Phone: (608) 279-8659