The UW mens soccer team will attempt to remain near the top of the Big Ten standings when it hosts Penn State at noon on Sunday (Oct. 15) at McClimon Soccer Complex.
Fresh off of Wednesdays (Oct. 11) 1-0 win at Marquette, Wisconsin (8-4-2, 2-1-1) will look to keep its momentum rolling when the Nittany Lions (4-7-2, 2-1-0) come to town.
At 2-1-1 in conference play, the Badgers find themselves near the top of the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin has seven team points, putting them in a tie with Indiana at the top. The Hoosiers, however, have played one less game than UW, and at 2-0-1, Indiana is a half-game up on UW.
Penn State and Ohio State, each at 2-1-0 in the Big Ten, add to the logjam near the top of the conference standings.
Including Sundays game against Penn State, Wisconsin has just two games remaining in conference play. With the Big Ten championship coming at the start of November, the outcome of Sundays game will play a considerable role in the seed the Badgers will receive for the tournament.
Wisconsin has found its success this year by utilizing its strong overall collection of players. While no single player has reached double-digit totals in points thus far, an outstanding 12 players have notched three or more points. Wisconsin has the most players to have marked three or more points of any team in the Big Ten. Northwestern is currently in second with nine such players.
UW will face a Penn State squad coming off of a 3-0 win versus Buffalo. The Nittany Lions have not been able to compile a great overall season record this year, but the Badgers should not look past their 2-1 conference record.
The Badgers will look to regain their series momentum against Penn State. While the Nittany Lions took last years game, 1-0 in overtime, UW had won the previous three contests. UW is 7-11-1 versus Penn State all-time.
Wisconsin and Penn State face off on Sunday (Oct. 15) at noon at McClimon Soccer Complex.