Badgers look to rebound against Oakland, UCSB


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The Wisconsin men's soccer team (1-2-1) looks to rebound from a pair of losses on the West Coast last weekend when it heads to the familiar confines of Engelmann Field in Milwaukee for matches this weekend against Oakland and ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara.

Game 5 | Wisconsin (1-2-1) vs. Oakland (2-2-1)
Milwaukee Panther Invitational
Date: Friday, Sept. 18
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Milwaukee, Wis.
Site: Engelmann Field (2,000)
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All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1-0

Game 6 | Wisconsin (1-2-1) vs. #9 UC Santa Barbara (4-0-1)
Milwaukee Panther Invitational
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Time: Noon
Location: Milwaukee, Wis.
Site: Engelmann Field (2,000)
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All-Time Series: First meeting

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The Week Ahead
Wisconsin (1-2-1) looks to get back on the winning track this weekend at the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee, but the Badgers face a pair of stiff challenges in 2008 NCAA Tournament teams Oakland on Friday and ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.

The Badgers and Golden Grizzlies face off at 5 p.m. Friday, with UW then concluding the weekend against the Gauchos at noon on Sunday. Both matches are set for Engelmann Field in Milwaukee.

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
After an unbeaten start to the season, the Badgers suffered consecutive losses on their first road trip over the weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.

Wisconsin gave up a first-half penalty kick and then a pair of shorthanded goals in the second half Friday to fall to San Diego, 3-0, after Pablo Delgado was issued a red card.

The Badgers then wrapped up the tournament with a difficult, 3-2 loss to San Diego State on a penalty kick in double overtime on Sunday, despite goals from Taylor Waspi and Ross Seagram.

Noteworthy
Sophomore midfielder Austin Spohn has assisted on all three of the Badgers goals this season, including both of UWs scores against San Diego State.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Horwath saw his run of consecutive minutes in goal halted at 1,066 when he was lifted in the 37th minute of Sundays match against San Diego State because of a finger injury. Horwath has started 26 consecutive games in goal for the Badgers.

Freshman Ata Ozbay, who has played in each of UWs four games this season, made his first career start against San Diego State. Mark Roos, who has been in the lineup for all four matches, is the Badgers other first-time starter this season.

Sophomore forward Ross Seagram tallied his first goal as a Badger in Sundays 3-2 loss to San Diego State, converting on his first shot and in his first appearance at UW.

The Badgers gave up three goals in back-to-back contests for the first time since consecutive 3-0 losses to Michigan State (Sept. 30) and Northwestern (Oct. 6) in 2007.

With consecutive losses to San Diego and San Diego State over the weekend, the Badgers dropped back-to-back games for the first time since falling to Western Illinois (Oct. 1) and Michigan State (Oct. 5) in consecutive 1-0 losses last season.

The Badgers havent lost three straight since dropping four in a row to end the 2006 season and havent lost three-consecutive non-conference games since 2005.

Scouting the Opponent: Oakland
The Golden Grizzlies, who lost eight starters from last years NCAA tournament team that finished with a 14-4-2 record, is off to a 2-2-1 start to the campaign.

Like the Badgers, Oakland has found scoring hard to come by and has posted four goals in its first five matches, an average of 0.80 per match.

The Grizzlies also have attempted just 13 corner kicks so far, compared to 47 for their opponents.
The defense that carried Oakland last season, however, has carried over. The Grizzlies have allowed just four goals despite surrendering an average of 17.0 shots per contest to their opponents.

Eric Pogue is in his first season as head coach of the Golden Grizzlies following the retirement of Gary Parsons, who spent 28 years at the helm of the Oakland program.

Scouting the Opponent: No. 9 UC Santa Barbara
The sixth-ranked Gauchos suffered their first setback of the season at home Sunday, as they were tipped by Loyola Marymount, 2-1. UCSB was uncharacteristically anemic offensively, being shutout for 86 minutes by the Lions before finding the net.

The Gauchos tallied 13 goals over the course of their first four matches, an average of 3.25 per game.
UCSB has out-shot its opponents by a combined 73-35 margin so far this year, allowing an average of just 7.0 shots per game defensively.

Six different players have scored for the Gauchos so far, including four goals each by Martin Hedevag and David Walker.

Tim Von Steeg is in his 11th season as head coach at UCSB and owns a sparking 144-56-20 record, good for a winning percentage of .700.

About the Series
Fridays contest will be the Badgers third-ever meeting with Oakland, with the teams splitting their first two meetings. UW claimed the squads previous meeting in Milwaukee, a 2-1 win in the 2005 Panther Invitational, but the Grizzlies scored a 3-2 victory in Madison in 2007.

Wisconsin owns a 11-6-1 all-time record (.639) against current members of The Summit League, including a 1-0 win over Western Illinois on Sept. 6.

Sundays match will be the Badgers first-ever meeting with UC Santa Barbara.

The Badgers are 2-1-0 (.667) all-time against current members of the Big West Conference, including a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge last season.

About the Event
Wisconsin has taken part in the Panther Invitational 18 times since 1979, including each of the past five seasons beginning in 2004, and have claimed the tournament title six times.

Overall, the Badgers own a 24-12 mark in the invitational, and they have posted a perfect 2-0 record for the weekend on eight occasions.

The Badgers have gone winless (0-2) on the weekend just twice, in 1979 and 1998.

The event, hosted by Milwaukee, is in its 36th year.

Feels Like the First Time
Freshman Ata Ozbay made the first start of his career Sunday against San Diego State, and has now appeared in all four of the Badgers matches in his rookie season.

Sophomore Mark Roos, also a forward, is the other UW player to make his debut in the starting lineup this season. He has started all four games for the Badgers.

Also making their Badger debuts against San Diego State (Sept. 13) were sophomore goalkeeper Jamal Habibi, who played 27 minutes in relief of an injured Alex Horwath, and sophomore forward Ross Seagram, who scored his first goal with UW in the second half.

Penalty Killers
The Badgers have gone 29 consecutive matches without being awarded a penalty kick, dating back to Oct. 13, 2007. The last time a UW player converted a penalty kick attempt into a goal was one game earlier, when Sho Fujita netted a PK in a 1-1 tie with Milwaukee on Oct. 10, 2007.

The Badgers have given up five penalty-kick goals since their last try from the penalty spot, including three game-winning scores and a game-tying goal. Two of those game-winners came in consecutive games at the hands of San Diego (Sept. 11) and San Diego State (Sept. 13).

The Badgers are 0-3-2 in the matches in which theyve given up a PK during the streak. Heres a breakdown of those games:

10/20/07: Penn State (1st half) -- T, 3-3 (2OT)
9/27/08: Michigan (2nd half, 00:24 left) -- T, 1-1 (2OT)
10/5/08: at Michigan State (2nd half, 6:00 left) -- L, 1-0
9/11/09: at San Diego (1st half) -- L, 3-0
9/13/09: at San Diego State (2nd OT, 00:31 left) -- L, 3-2 (2OT)

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.

Rankings
NSCAA/adidas Top 25
College Soccer News Top 30
SoccerTimes.com Top 25

Standings
Big Ten Conference standings

Links
Big Ten Conference
NCAA Mens Soccer
Big Ten Network
College Soccer News
Soccer America
National Soccer Coaches Association of America

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