The Wisconsin mens soccer team concludes its six-game road swing with a pair of road matches this weekend. The Badgers travel north to take on in-state rival UW-Green Bay Thursday evening at Santaga Stadium in Green Bay before opening Big Ten play Sunday afternoon at No. 14 Michigan. Sundays kickoff in Ann Arbor is set for 1:30 p.m. CT.
Last weekend, UW extended its winning streak to four games with a 1-0 victory over No. 20 Gonzaga on Friday evening before falling to Drake 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee. Wisconsin finished second in the tournament.
Senior defender Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) continued his run of good form by scoring his second career goal to lift the Badgers past Gonzaga on Friday. The win was Wisconsins second straight victory over a ranked opponent and fourth straight shutout.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) made five saves on Friday to extend his shutout streak to 366 minutes and 17 seconds. Horwath, who was given the day off on Sunday, was named the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week and now has four shutouts in five career games.
The UW-Green Bay Phoenix (3-2-1) enter Thursdays contest unbeaten in their last three games, including a pair of wins last weekend at the Green Bay Nike Classic. UW-Green Bay opened the season with a 3-2 win over Drake, the same team Wisconsin fell to 3-1 on Sept. 16.
Wisconsin is 15-15-0 all-time against UW-Green Bay, however recent history supports the Badgers. Wisconsin has won 12 of the last 16 meetings between the two teams, including a 4-1 victory in the most recent match in Green Bay in 2004. The Phoenix claimed the last contest between the two teams, a hard-fought 3-2 decision in Madison last season.
Meanwhile, the No. 14 Wolverines enter the weekend with a perfect 6-0-0 record having scored 13 goals in their last three games. For the season, Michigan holds a 19-2 advantage in goals and has not allowed more than one goal in a game.
Wisconsin is 2-7-0 all-time against Michigan, including 1-1-0 last season. The two teams met to open the Big Ten season last year as well, with Wisconsin claiming a 2-1 decision in overtime after a Wolverine own goal. Michigan avenged that loss with a 1-0 victory over the Badgers in the opening game of the Big Ten tournament.