The Wisconsin mens soccer team returns home at 7 p.m. Friday to host Big Ten opponent Indiana at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The Badgers are currently riding a two-game winning streak, including victories last week over UW-Milwaukee and Penn State.
Wisconsin (7-6-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) will need to bring the same energy as it had last week if it hopes to overtake Indiana (3-3-4, 1-0-1 Big Ten), which is currently ranked 10th in the Great Lakes region. Upsetting ranked opponents is nothing new to the Badgers, whose past two wins have come over teams ranked nationally in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll.
The Badgers are led by junior tri-captain and goalie Eric Hanson this weeks Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Hanson is tied for first in the conference in shutouts, having blanked opponents four times this season, including twice last week. Hanson is tied for second in the conference with 44 saves.
The Wisconsin offense also looks to cause problems for Indianas defense. The Badgers have one of the most diverse scoring threats in the conference, with 13 different players having recorded one or more points and 16 Badgers have taken at least one shot.
Last year, Wisconsin fell to Indiana 5-1 in Bloomington. The Badgers have not beaten the Hoosiers since the 1995 season, the year the Badgers captured the national championship.
Mens Soccer Welcomes Badgers in Training
Adding to the excitement of Fridays matchup is the celebration of Badgers in Training. Badgers in Training is an ongoing program aimed at encouraging sports and fitness for families.
Friday night, the gates to the McClimon Complex will open at 6 p.m. with a free soccer skills clinic for kids beginning at 6:15. At this time, adults are invited to attend a presentation on injury prevention for youth soccer players, given by mens soccer team physician Thomas Best.
During the game, kids will have the chance to win prizes and test their fitness knowledge with Badger Brain-Teaser quizzes given throughout the game.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. UW students can also get in free with a valid school ID.