Badgers, Afsari Gain National Recognition


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After posting back-to-back shutouts last week, including a 1-0 victory over previously unbeaten and No. 7-ranked Illinois-Chicago, the Wisconsin mens soccer team has earned the 24th spot in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll, released Monday.

The Badgers (6-3-2 overall, 2-0-1 Big Ten) followed up their win over the Flames with a 2-0 victory against Northwestern on Sunday at McClimon Soccer Complex. Wisconsin is now unbeaten in its last five games (3-0-2 in that stretch), the longest such streak since the 2001 squad opened the season 5-0-0.

With the win over Northwestern, Wisconsin took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings at the halfway mark in league play.

The full poll can be found by clicking here or by selecting "Stats / Polls" in the links section on the right side of the page.

For his part in helping Wisconsin post two shutouts last week and three consecutive shutouts overall, senior defender Hamid Afsari (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Afsari, a co-captain for the Badgers, played a superb game against UIC on Thursday to help Wisconsin hold on to its 1-0 lead. He gave another strong performance against Northwestern on Sunday, blocking a Wildcat shot after UW keeper Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Wis.) had charged out to challenge a loose ball in the second half.

Afsari has started all 11 games this season and is closing in on his 50th career start as a Badger. He has currently started 47 contests.

The full team of the week can be found by clicking here .

Afsari and the Badgers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to six games when they host Western Illinois at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McClimon Soccer Complex.

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