After hosting two games at home at the McClimon Soccer Complex, the Wisconsin mens soccer team will travel to Evanston, Ill. to continue Big Ten play against Northwestern on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
UW (5-3-2) looks to improve its Big Ten record of 0-1-1 against Northwestern, which boasts an overall record of 7-1-1, and a Conference record of 1-1-0.
The Wildcats opened up their Big Ten season with a 4-0 shutout over Ohio State on Sept. 23, and most recently fell 2-1 to Penn State on Sept. 29.
In the past 29 years, the Wildcats and the Badgers have met 32 times. Wisconsin leads with a 24-4-4 winning record over Northwestern.
Most recently, UW shut out Northwestern 2-0 in Madison on Oct. 1, 2006. The last time the two teams met in Evanston, Ill. was Nov. 6, 2005, when the Badgers defeated the Wildcats 2-1.
Though Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain), who scored one of UWs two goals last year against NU, was sidelined with an injury on Sept. 26 while playing Northern Illinois, the Badgers have seen plenty of forward play from multiple players in the past week.
Senior Dirk Pearson (South Barrington, Ill.) made his presence known with two goals against Northern Illinois on Sept. 26 and three shots against Michigan State on Sept. 30. Teammate Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) recorded one goal and three assists against NIU, and Taylor Waspi (Deer Park, Ill.) totaled five shots on goal in the last two games.
Wisconsins defense has been an important factor throughout the season as well. The back line boasts two Big Ten Defensive Players of the Week senior defender Nick Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) earned the honor on Sept. 10, followed by goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.), who was recognized on Sept. 17 with four shutouts in five games.
The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of the game from Evanston, Ill.