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Badgers seek first Big Ten win against Wolverines

ON WISCONSIN <strong>Austin Spohn</strong> and the Badgers played the Wolverines to a draw twice last season
Austin Spohn and the Badgers played the Wolverines to a draw twice last season

Oct. 2, 2009

The Wisconsin men's soccer team (2-4-2, 0-1-0 Big Ten) continues its road swing by jumping back into Big Ten Conference play Sunday in a matchup with Michigan (7-2-1, 0-1-0) slated for noon at the U-M Soccer Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Game 9 | Wisconsin (2-4-2) at Michigan (7-2-1)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: Noon (CT)
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Site: U-M Soccer Compex (2,200)
Tickets: Free
Online: GameTracker
All-Time Series: Michigan leads, 7-2-3

Roster | Schedule | Stats | News | Record Book | Game Notes

Roster | Schedule | Stats | News | Media Guide | Game Notes

Looking Back

Wisconsin suffered its second-consecutive shutout loss Wednesday night, as the Badgers were blanked in a 3-0 loss to Illinois-Chicago. The Flames benefitted from two penalty-kick goals in the first half of the match and dropped UW to 0-3-0 in road games this season.

The Badgers opened the Big Ten season last Friday with a 1-0 loss to No. 13 Indiana.

For the Record
Wisconsin is:
0-1-0 in conference games this season
0-3-0 in road games this season
0-1-2 in overtime games this season

Sunday's match marks the midway point of the Badgers' regular season, as they have played eight games heading into the weekend and have eight remaining on the schedule following their matchup with the Wolverines.

The Badgers and Wolverines met twice during the 2008 season, with each matchup going down as a double-overtime draw. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in the regular season before battling to a scoreless stalemate in the opening round of the 2008 Big Ten Tournament, with the Wolverines advancing on penalty kicks.

UW assistant coach Ernie Yarborough spent seven seasons as an assistant at Michigan, serving under Wolverines head man Steve Burns from 2000 to 2006.

The Badgers enter the weekend looking for their first road win of the season and their first victory away from home in Big Ten play since downing Northwestern, 2-1, in Evanston on Nov. 6, 2005. UW is 0-6-3 in Big Ten road matches over the last three seasons.

Illinois-Chicago was awarded three penalty-kick attempts in Wednesday's match, marking the seventh, eighth and ninth PKs to go to a UW opponent since the Badgers last took an attempt from the penalty spot on Oct. 13, 2007.

The Badgers' opponents have converted seven of those eight PK attempts -- including a 4-of-5 mark in 2009 -- and four have gone down as game-winning goals.

Against UIC, as the Badgers were shut out for the fourth time in eight matches this season. The Badgers have scored a total of five goals in those eight games.

Scouting the Opponent: Michigan
The Wolverines enter Sunday's contest riding a two-game winless streak that began last Sunday with a 2-0 loss to Penn State in their Big Ten opener and continued Wednesday with a 0-0 draw against in-state rival Oakland.

Michigan's loss to Penn State (Sept. 27) snapped a seven-game win streak for the Wolverines.

After being shutout by Notre Dame in their season-opener, the Wolverines had no trouble finding the back of net during their seven-game win streak. They outscored those seven opponents by a 23-5 margin.

Michigan is scoreless in its last two matches, however, and has been outscored 7-0 in the three games it has failed to win this season.

Mauro Fuzetti leads the Wolverines' explosive attack, accounting for seven of the squad's league-leading 23 goals. Heading into Wednesday's matches, Fuzetti led the Big Ten in shots (39) and ranked second in goals and total points (16).

Also on the offensive end, Justin Meram has contributed five goals, and Hamoody Saad has added three tallies. In all, 10 players have found the back of the net at least once this season, including four who have scored multiple goals.

About the Series
Each of the teams' last three meetings have gone to double overtime and resulted in draws. That includes both matchups in 2008 and the teams' last meeting in Ann Arbor, in 2007.

The Badgers are unbeaten in their last three regular-season matchups with the Wolverines, each of which has gone to at least one overtime period. UW scored a 2-1 win in Madison in 2006 before the teams played to a 2-2 tie in 2007 and a 1-1 draw last season.

Including Big Ten tournament play, the Badgers are 1-1-3 in their last five meetings with Michigan.

UW has not won at Michigan since the Wolverines moved men's soccer to varsity status in 2000. The Badgers are 0-3-1 all-time in games played in Ann Arbor.

Sunday's meeting will be the first between the teams at the new U-M Soccer Complex.

Overall, Michigan owns a 7-2-3 advantage in the teams' all-time series. That includes a 5-2-2 mark in regular-season matchups.

Michigan coach Steve Burns has been at the helm of the Wolverines program since its move to varsity competition and is 7-2-3 against the Badgers.

Here's Jonny
Junior midfielder 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 UW's games this season after making his return to the field in the Badgers' season-opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 4.

Sweet Home, Milwaukee
Wisconsin's 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 UW's 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 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 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 Jamal Habibi, who played 27 minutes in relief of an injured Alex Horwath, and sophomore forward 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 they've given up a PK during the streak. Here's 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 men's 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.

Here's 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 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 school's first men's 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 UW's 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. UW's 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 league's 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 Men's 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 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 1-0 overtime win over UW-Parkside on Aug. 24 and then dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 3 Akron on Saturday (Aug. 29) at the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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