Badgers turn attention to Michigan State


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The Wisconsin men's soccer team (4-3-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) turns its attention back to the Big Ten Conference race after dropping a 1-0 decision to Western Illinois on Wednesday.

The Badgers travel to East Lansing, Mich., looking to snap a four-game winless streak and notch their first conference win since 2006 in a Sunday contest against Michigan State (4-4-0, 1-1-0). Game time is set for noon (Central) at the DeMartin Soccer Complex.


Wisconsin
(4-3-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten)
at Michigan State (4-4-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten)
Noon | Sunday, Oct. 5 | DeMartin Complex | East Lansing, Mich.

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PRESS CONFERENCE

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NEWSWORTHY NOTES

The Badgers have adjusted their sportid=122"> --> schedule by moving their game at Marquette to Wednesday, Oct. 15. The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 24, will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields in Milwaukee. In turn, the Badgers also have moved their home match against UW-Green Bay that was originally scheduled for Oct. 15. The UW will now welcome the Phoenix to the McClimon Complex at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

Senior athid=5598&deptid=122"> --> Kenny Dix scored for the Badgers in the 28th minute of Saturdays clash with Michigan to notch his second goal of the season. Dix has more than doubled his career scoring output through just eight games this season after entering the year with three career points. Prior to this season, Dixs only career points came on a goal and an assist he tallied as a sophomore during the 2006 campaign.

Junior forward athid=5596&deptid=122"> --> Scott Lorenz launched a game-high seven shots in Saturdays tie with the Wolverines, including three shots on goal. One of those shots served as the assist on Dixs goal in the 28th minute. Lorenz now leads the Badgers in shots (25) and shots on goal (14) for the season.

Junior goalkeeper athid=6384&deptid=122"> --> Alex Horwath came within 24 seconds of scoring his third shutout of the season, with the Wolverines penalty kick goal the only blemish on his stellar day in net. Horwath tallied six stops including five in the second period to boost his conference-leading saves total to 42.

Saturdays performance marked the third time this season Horwath has tallied at least six saves. He averages a Big Ten-leading 4.67 saves per game.

After moving from seventh to fifth on the Badgers all-time list with six shots in Saturdays 1-1 tie with Michigan, senior forward athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz needs just one more to tie former UW standout Nick Van Sicklen for fourth on the schools all-time shots list.

Saturdays draw with the Wolverines was the second-consecutive tie for the teams, who finished in a 2-2 deadlock after two overtime periods in their meeting on Sept. 23, 2007.

The Badgers have seen five of their eight matches this season go beyond regulation, with the UW owning a 2-1-2 mark in overtime games.


LAST TIME OUT
Western Illinois 1, Wisconsin 0 (Oct. 1) | sportid=122&storyid=15170"> --> Recap
The Badgers dominated in every statistical category except the one that mattered most on Wednesday, falling 1-0 to Western Illinois at the McClimon Complex. The UW owned an 18-7 advantage in shots and allowed the Leathernecks just a single shot on goal, a 30-yard volley by Cosimo Patano that provide the games only score in the 49th minute.


SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
After dropping three straight games to fall to 1-3 overall, the Spartans have reeled off wins in three of their last four to move back to the .500 mark. That includes the back-to-back victories over Western Michigan and Penn State the Spartans will carry momentum from into Sundays clash with the Badgers. MSU outscored Western Michigan and Penn State by a combined 10-3 margin to bump its goals-per-game average to 2.5.

Senior Doug DeMartin leads the Big Ten with nine goals and also has a pair of assists that factor into his conference-best point total (20). He also leads the league in shots with 41, taking an average of more than five per game.


ABOUT THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES

The Badgers are 2-0-1 in their last three trips to East Lansing and own a 8-2-2 all-time record against MSU on the Spartans home turf.

A series that was once dominated by the Badgers has evened of late, as the teams have split their last nine meetings (4-4-1). Six of the teams last seven matchups have been decided by one goal or less.

UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is 2-0-1 against the Spartans in East Lansing, while Michigan State head coach Joe Baum has been at the helm of the Spartans program for each of the teams 30 all-time meetings. Baum is in his 32nd and final season as head coach at MSU.


HEAD COACH
staffid=350"> --> JEFF ROHRMAN
Record at UW: 56-59-11 (7th season)
Career record: same
Alma mater: UW-Milwaukee, 1986
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STATISTICS
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Michigan State
Big Ten Conference
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RANKINGS
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College Soccer News Top 30
SoccerTimes.com Top 25

STANDINGS
Big Ten Conference standings

LINKS
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WISCONSIN MENS SOCCER QUICK FACTS
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wis. (pop. 223,889)
Founded: 1848
Enrollment: 42,041 (28,999 undergrad)
Nickname: Badgers
Colors: Cardinal and White
Conference: Big Ten
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Chancellor: Biddy (Carolyn A.) Martin
Director of Athletics: staffid=100"> --> Barry Alvarez
Associate A.D., Mens Soccer: staffid=511"> --> Steve Waterfield
Facility: Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex
Capacity: 4,500
All-time record: 339-124-59 (.705)

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
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Staff Assistant (Mens Soccer Contact): Brian Mason
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