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The Wisconsin mens soccer team (2-2-2) opens its Big Ten Conference season by hosting No. 13 Indiana (3-2-1) on Friday as part of the Pac the Mac doubleheader at the McClimon Complex. The Badgers and Hoosiers are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m., following the conclusion of a matchup between the women's teams from Wisconsin and Purdue at 5 p.m.

UW students will receive free admission with a valid student ID and can take advantage of field-level seating and free t-shirts, courtesy of Big Ten Network, while supplies last. It's also Youth Soccer Day, with all youth players who wear their team jerseys admitted free.

Game 7 | #13 Indiana (3-2-1) at Wisconsin (2-2-2)
Date: Friday, Sept. 25
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Madison, Wis.
Site: McClimon Complex (4,500)
Tickets: $5 adults, $2 children and seniors
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All-Time Series: Indiana leads, 30-3-4

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The Week Ahead
The Badgers look to carry the momentum of an unbeaten mark in its final weekend of tournament play into its Big Ten Conference opener this Friday, as No. 13 Indiana comes to the McClimon Complex for a 7:30 p.m. match as part of Fridays Pac the Mac doubleheader.

The Badgers and Hoosiers will open Big Ten play against each other for the second-consecutive season, with UW looking to avenge the sportid=122&storyid=15048"> --> 3-2 overtime loss it suffered last year in Bloomington.

For the Record
Wisconsin is:
1-0-1 in home games this season
0-0-1 against ranked opponents this season
1-1-1 in night games this season
1-1-1 on Fridays this season
9-8-1 in Big Ten openers
4-3-0 in Big Ten openers at home

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
The Badgers shook off the consecutive losses they sustained the previous weekend, as well as the illness and injury that limited several key players in training, to go 1-0-1 at the Milwaukee Panther Invitational over the weekend.

Brandon Miller was the catalyst for the Badgers attack, netting the game-winner in Fridays sportid=122&storyid=19041"> --> 1-0 triumph over Oakland and then finding the net in the 82nd minute of Sundays sportid=122&storyid=19056"> --> 1-1, double-overtime draw with No. 9 UC Santa Barbara.

Fridays matchup with Indiana pits first-year UW head coach staffid=1074"> --> Todd Yeagley against his alma mater and the school he helped to a pair of national titles as an assistant coach. A four-time All-American as a player for the Hoosiers from 1991-94, Yeagley was an assistant under IU head coach Mike Freitag for five seasons, from 2004-2008.

Indiana marks the third of six-consecutive opponents for the Badgers that played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, a run that finishes against Michigan State on Oct. 11.

In addition, eight of UWs next nine opponents have been ranked in at least one major poll at some point this season. UW is 1-3-2 against ranked teams over the past two seasons.

Fridays match will be the 100th Big Ten Conference game for both Wisconsin and Indiana. The Badgers are 42-48-9 (.548) since the league began sponsoring soccer in 1991.

Despite missing the majority of UWs training last week because of flu-like symptoms, senior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath collected 13 saves on the weekend including a season-high eight against UC Santa Barbara and picked up his 16th-career shutout Friday against Oakland.

Senior forward athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz is expected to make his 45th-consecutive start Friday against Indiana.

Yeagley has announced that junior defender athid=6599&deptid=122"> --> Cale Cooper will miss the rest of the season after sustaining multiple knee injuries in the second half of UWs loss to San Jose State (Sept. 13).

Scouting the Opponent: Indiana
As is their trademark, the Hoosiers have been stingy on defense so far in 2009, limiting their opponents to an average of one goal per game on 11.0 shots per contest.

Indiana has played an ambitious non-conference schedule so far, with three of its six opponents ranked in the top five of the NSCAA/adidas national poll. That includes a scoreless draw with St. Johns, a 2-1 loss to Wake Forest and, most recently, a 1-0 loss to top-ranked Akron on Friday.

Will Bruin, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year has been the Hoosiers top offensive threat, accounting for half the teams scoring with a team-best four goals. He also leads IU in shots (25) and shots-on-goal (12).

In goal, the Hoosiers were tasked with replacing Chay Cain, who played every minute of the 2008 season and posted a 0.97 goals-against average.

Luis Soffner has started all six games in goal and owns a 0.94 GAA so far this season, including a pair of shutouts.

Mike Freitag, who took over for legendary IU head man Jerry Yeagley in 2004, has amassed a 77-24-19 (.721) record in his five-plus seasons as the Hoosiers head coach.

About the Series
Fridays contest will be the 38th all-time meeting between the Badgers and Indiana, with the Hoosiers holding a 30-3-4 lead in the series between the teams.

The Badgers have not won a game against IU since a 2-0 victory on Oct. 13, 1995. Indiana won the next 14 games in the series until the teams battled to a scoreless tie on Nov. 4, 2007.

Since the Big Ten began sponsoring soccer in 1991, the Hoosiers hold a 14-2-2 mark against Wisconsin in regular-season conference matches.

Indiana also holds a 6-1-1 advantage over Wisconsin in games played at the McClimon Complex.
All-time, Indiana leads in games played in Madison, 10-2-2, including a 6-2-1 edge in regular-season Big Ten matches (since 1991).

Mike Freitag is 5-0-1 against Wisconsin as head coach at Indiana, while Todd Yeagley is coaching in his first match against his alma mater.

Other Series Notes
Of the Badgers five NCAA tournament appearances, three included a game against Indiana. That includes a 5-1 loss in 1981, a 2-0 loss in 1991 and a 1-0 win in 1993.

Each of the three largest crowds to ever watch a mens game at the McClimon Complex took in matches between the Hoosiers and Badgers. That includes the 2,470 fans who watched the Badgers 2-0 win over Indiana on Oct. 13, 1995.

Heres Jonny
Junior midfielder athid=6133&deptid=122"> --> Jon Rzepka continued the road back from a foot injury that kept him sidelined for the entire 2008 season at the Milwaukee Panther Classic.

Rzepka was in the starting 11 for the Badgers Sept. 18 matchup with Oakland, marking his first start since Oct. 20, 2007.

Rzepka has played in all six of UWs games this season after making his return to the field in the Badgers season-opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 4.

Sweet Home, Milwaukee
Wisconsins 19th appearance in the 36-year-old Milwaukee Panther Invitational (Sept. 18-20) was another productive trip to Milwaukee for the Badgers, who went 1-0-1 on the weekend and earned a runner-up finish in the event.

The Badgers 1-1 draw with UC Santa Barbara was UWs first-ever tie in the event and moved the Badgers record in the tournament to 25-12-1 all-time.

The Badgers also improved their all-time mark at Engelmann Field to 27-16-6.

Feels Like the First Time
Freshman athid=66140&deptid=122"> --> 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 athid=7224&deptid=122"> --> 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 athid=7229&deptid=122"> --> Jamal Habibi , who played 27 minutes in relief of an injured Alex Horwath, and sophomore forward athid=66142&deptid=122"> --> Ross Seagram , who scored his first goal with UW in the second half.

Penalty Killers
The Badgers have gone 31 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.

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