The Wisconsin mens soccer team (4-2-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten) welcomes Michigan to the McClimon Complex for its Big Ten Conference home-opener this Saturday, as the Badgers look to bounce back from a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 14 Indiana in their league-opener last Sunday.
Big Ten Network will broadcast Saturdays match live at 3:30 p.m., as the Badgers seek their first Big Ten win since downing Penn State, 2-0, on Oct. 15, 2006.
Wisconsin (4-2-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
vs. Michigan (5-2-1, 0-0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 27 | McClimon Complex | Madison, Wis.
TV: Big Ten Network (Kenn Tomasch, Richard Broad)
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For just the third time in 37 all-time meetings with Indiana, the Badgers posted multiple goals against the Hoosiers on Sunday. The UW also scored multiple goals in a 2-0 win on Oct. 13, 1995 and in a 5-2 loss on Oct. 14, 2005.
The UW has notched multiple goals in five of its first seven games this season, matching its total for the entire 2007 campaign. The Badgers are averaging 1.7 goals per game this season after posting an average of 1.2 goals per game in 2007.
An aggressive attack kept the Badgers even with Indiana throughout the teams matchup Sunday, with the UW logging eight shots on goal in the contest. That total matched the Badgers combined output from its previous two games, a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge and a 1-0 loss to Binghamton.
By dropping a 3-2 decision to Indiana on Sunday, the Badgers lost consecutive games for the first time since falling to Michigan State (Sept. 30) and Northwestern (Oct. 6) last season. The UW has not lost three in a row since suffering a string of four consecutive defeats to end the 2006 season.
Sundays loss also was the Badgers first defeat in four overtime contests this season. The UW is now 2-1-1 in overtime matches for the year.
Junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath stopped a season-high nine shots on Sunday against Indiana and leads the Big Ten with 37 saves this season, an average of 5.29 per game. Horwath has scored a pair of shutouts this year and has allowed multiple goals just twice.
Junior athid=5964&deptid=122"> --> Pablo Delgado notched his fourth assist of the season in Sundays loss to Indiana, which ranks him No. 2 among Big Ten players this season. Delgado also is tied for seventh in the league in shots (19) and points (8).
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The Badgers twice answered Indiana goals to tie things up in their Big Ten opener, but the Hoosiers punched in a goal just three minutes into overtime to defeat the UW for the 15th time in the teams' last 16 meetings. Juniors athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz and athid=6006&deptid=122"> --> Taylor Waspi each had game-tying goals, while junior goalkeeper Alex Horwath logged a season-high nine saves.
Michigan scored a 5-1 win over Detroit over the weekend and will take on another in-state rival, Oakland, on Wednesday before traveling to Madison to open the Big Ten schedule Saturday against the Badgers. Junior Mauro Fuzetti had a hat trick for the Wolverines in the win over Detroit and is one of five UM players with five goals to his credit this season. After opening the season with three straight wins, Michigan is 2-2-1 in its last five.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Badgers battled Michigan to a 2-2 draw in the teams 2007 meeting in Ann Arbor after the Wolverines knocked the UW out of the 2006 Big Ten Tournament with a 1-0 win.
Michigan leads the teams all-time series 7-2-1, including a 2-2-0 mark in regular-season games played in Madison. The Wolverines also scored a 1-0 win over the UW in a 2001 Big Ten Tournament contest at the McClimon Complex.
The Badgers last win in the series came in the teams last meeting in Madison, a 2-1 victory in a game that went to overtime on Sept. 17, 2006.
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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