Wisconsin men's soccer (4-3-0 overall, 1-0-0 Big Ten) will wrap up its four-game home stand when they face in-state rival UW-Milwaukee (3-5-0) in a mid-week match Wednesday at McClimon Soccer Complex. The match is set to start at 7 p.m.
The Panthers head to Madison after beating rival Marquette 3-2 on Sept. 13 and falling to Detroit 2-1 in their Horizon League opener on Sept. 15.
UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin faced the same six teams to open the season while competing in the same three tournaments. The Panthers were 2-4-0 in those contests with wins over IPFW and Lipscomb. The Badgers were 3-3-0 in that stretch with wins against Tulsa, Lipscomb and IPFW.
Wisconsin is 11-13-4 all-time against UWM in a series that dates back to 1977, the first year of mens soccer at Wisconsin. The Badgers last beat the Panthers in 2004, a 2-1 win at McClimon Soccer Complex. UWM claimed the most recent meeting with a 2-0 victory in Milwaukee in 2005.
Once the UWM game has concluded, the Badgers will look forward too a Sunday match up against Michigan State (5-2-0, 0-1-0) for their Big Ten road opener. That game will kick off at 1 p.m.
The Spartans fell in their only game last weekend, a 3-1 loss to conference foe Penn State on Sunday. Michigan State started the year by winning five of its first six matches, including a 1-0 win over then-No. 3 New Mexico on Sept. 1.
The Badgers are 19-6-3 against Michigan State since the teams first met in 1978, including 8-2-1 in games played in East Lansing. Wisconsin claimed last seasons only meeting with a 3-2 overtime victory.
UW will attempt to keep their momentum up and going as they head into this set of games.
Last Sunday, Wisconsin won its Big Ten opener for the first time since 2000 by defeating Michigan 2-1 in overtime.
Junior Dirk Pearson (South Barrington, Ill.) scored his second goal in the last three games to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead in the second half.
Michigan tied the game with 28 seconds left in regulation with a goal off of a free kick, but the Badgers created a bit of good fortune in overtime to earn the win. Senior William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.) played a ball in from the midfield that was mishandled by a Michigan defender and resulted in an own goal.