The Wisconsin mens soccer team (2-3-2) heads to Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday for its first midweek
action of the season in a matchup with Illinois-Chicago (1-2-4) Wednesday. The Badgers enter the week coming off a tough, 1-0 loss to No. 13 Indiana in their Big Ten Conference opener last Friday.
Game 8 | Wisconsin (2-3-2) at Illinois-Chicago (1-2-4)
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Chicago, Ill.
Site: Flames Field (1,000)
Tickets: $6 general admission
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All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads, 4-1-0
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The Week Ahead
After returning home for the first time in three weeks, the Wisconsin mens soccer team (2-3-2, 0-1-0 Big Ten) hits the road again this week for a pair of matches. It begins Wednesday against UIC, before the Badgers resume Big Ten Conference play by heading to Ann Arbor to take on No. 18 Michigan on Sunday.
The Badgers opened the Big Ten season Friday with a sportid=122&storyid=19129"> --> 1-0 loss to No. 13 Indiana at the McClimon Complex, surrendering a breakaway goal to IUs Will Bruin in the 57th minute.
The match drew a sportid=122&storyid=19133"> --> crowd of 1,703 fans , marking the sixth-largest to see a mens game at the McClimon Complex, and the largest since the 1997 season.
For the Record
2-2-2 in non-conference games this season
0-2-0 in road games this season
1-2-1 in night games this season
0-1-2 in overtime games this season
For the second-consecutive week, the Badgers face an opponent with emotional ties to first-year head coach Todd Yeagley and his staff. After battling Indiana alma mater of Yeagley and assistant coaches Ernie Yarborough and Chris Munroe the Badgers now face UIC head coach John Trask, who was an assistant at Indiana during Yeagley and Yarboroughs playing days for the Hoosiers.
UIC marks the fourth of six-consecutive opponents for the Badgers that played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, a run that finishes against defending Big Ten champion Michigan State on Oct. 11.
UW also is in the midst of a stretch in which nine of the Badgers 10 opponents have been ranked in at least one major poll at some point this season. The run began with a draw against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara and the loss Friday to 13th-ranked Indiana. UW is 1-4-2 against ranked teams over the past two seasons.
Fridays match with Indiana was the Badgers 100th Big Ten Conference game. UW is now 42-49-9 (.465) since the league began sponsoring soccer in 1991.
The crowd of 1,703 for Fridays match marked the sixth-highest in the history of the McClimon Complex, which opened in 1993, and the largest turnout for a UW mens game in 12 seasons. Five of UWs seven largest crowds at McClimon have now come in games against Indiana, including each of the top three.
Scouting the Opponent: UIC
The Flames enter Wednesdays contest coming off a 1-1 draw in their Horizon League opener against Cleveland State on Sunday.
That result came on the heels of UICs first win of the season, a 3-0
triumph over UC Riverside on Sept. 20, after an 0-2-3 start to the
Much like the Badgers, UIC has struggled to find the back of the net in
the early part of the season, tallying just seven goals in its first
seven matches. The Flames have struggled to create opportunities and
average just 8.9 shots per game.
Defensively, however, the Flames have allowed only eight goals on the year and are holding opponents to 10.6 shots per contest.
Six different players have contributed a goal for the Flames, led by Charlie Trouts pair of scores.
Jovan Bubonja has played every minute in goal for UIC this season and owns a 1.01 goals-against average along with 23 saves.
John Trask is in his fifth year as head coach at UIC and has led the
Flames to three-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. That includes
a run to the national quarterfinals in 2007 and last years Sweet 16
Trask was an assistant coach at Indiana from 1991 to 1999, serving on
the Hoosiers staff during the playing career of UW head coach Todd
Yeagley and Badgers assistant Ernie Yarborough.
In addition, UIC assistant coach Sean Phillips was a teammate of
Yeagley and Yarborough at Indiana and then served as an assistant coach
at IU alongside Yeagley during the Hoosiers NCAA title run in 2004.
About the Series
Wednesdays match marks the sixth meeting between the Badgers and
Flames, with Wisconsin owning a 4-1-0 lead in the teams all-time
All of those meetings have come in the last eight seasons, including the most recent matchup, sportid=122&storyid=12008"> --> a 2-1 win for the Badgers in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2007 .
The Badgers are 2-0-0 against the Flames in games played in Chicago.
Overall, Wisconsin has won four consecutive meetings with UIC.
Trask, in his fifth season with the Flames, owns an 0-2-0 record
against Wisconsin, including a 0-1-0 mark in games played at Flames
The Badgers own a 46-37-10 (.548) all-time record against current members of the Horizon League.
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.
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
Sweet Home, Milwaukee
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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
Yeagley Makes Wisconsin Debut
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.
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.
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.
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
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
3. Michigan State
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State, Wisconsin
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
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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