This weekend, the UW mens soccer team (3-4-0) travels to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars (1-4-1) University of Dayton Flyers (3-0-0) in the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic.
Wisconsin faces a struggling IUPUI in the first match of the tournament on Friday at 4:30. The Jaguars, who earned their first victory last Sunday, Sept. 14 over Northern Illinois, have been shutout in five of their six games.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Jaguars boast the Mid-Continent Conferences Offensive Player of the Week in junior forward Mike Madaj (Greenwood, Ind.). Madaj scored three of IUPUIs goals last Sunday, and is one of only two players on the team to score at all this season.
The Badgers conclude the tournament with a game Sunday at 2:30 against the host team, the nationally-ranked Dayton Flyers. Wisconsin holds a 2-0-0 all-time record over Dayton, but the Flyers have already beaten nationally-ranked foes Michigan and UW-Milwaukee.
Going in to Dayton, Wisconsin brings several key weapons. Jed Holbein (Middleton, Wis.) leads the offensive as he ranks among the top ten in all Big Ten offensive categories. Goalkeeper Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.) is third in the conference with 28 saves and is one of five goalies with two ore more shutouts thus far.
UW has a history of splitting weekend tournaments, having done it the past two consecutive weeks. Most recently, the Badgers split in the adidas Brown Classic last weekend, winning 2-0 over Yale (1-1-0) and dropping a 4-3 decision to Brown (2-2-0).