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<b>Brian Bultman and the Badgers face a difficult test against in-state rival Green Bay on Wednesday</b>

Brian Bultman and the Badgers face a difficult test against in-state rival Green Bay on Wednesday

Oct. 14, 2009

Fresh off its first Big Ten Conference win of the season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team jumps back into non-conference play by hitting the road for a clash with in-state rival Green Bay on Wednesday. The 7 p.m. match will be televised on a tape-delay basis by Time Warner Cable Sports in select markets in Wisconsin.

Game 11 | Wisconsin (3-5-2) vs. Green Bay (9-1-2)

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Green Bay, Wis.
Site: Aldo Santaga Stadium (3,500)
Tickets: $4 adults, $2 youth
Online: Live Stats
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports (tape-delay)
All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads, 16-15-1

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The Week Ahead
After playing just their second home game in a month, the Badgers return to the road for a pair of matches this week. After clashing with Green Bay on Wednesday, Wisconsin jumps back into Big Ten play Saturday by heading south to face No. 16 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

Online Coverage Expands
Fans unable to attend the Badgers’ matches in person can stay close to the action at home thanks to a pair of additions to online coverage of home games at UWBadgers.com. Live stats will continue to be offered for every home game in 2009, but fans can now enjoy a more in-depth presentation of the events on the field through GameTracker from CBS College Sports.

In addition, soccer fans will be able to follow along with the live, interactive in-game blogs that have become popular for a number of Badgers sports on UWBadgers.com.

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Looking Back
After playing six of its previous seven matches on the road, Wisconsin returned home to the friendly confines of the McClimon Complex on Sunday and scored a 2-1 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State in double overtime.

Scott Lorenz, the Badgers’ leading scorer last season who had been held scoreless through nine games this year, provided both the equalizer for the Badgers in the 15th minute and the game-winner in the 105th minute. Lorenz's two-goal performance was the first multiple-goal game for the Badgers since Lorenz tallied a pair against Milwaukee on Oct. 8, 2008.

For his efforts, Lorenz was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Sunday’s win over Michigan State gave Todd Yeagley his first Big Ten Conference victory as a head coach.

In addition, Sunday’s victory snapped a four-match winless streak, ended a run of three-consecutive shutout losses and broke a string of 313 consecutive scoreless minutes for the Badgers, who won for the first time since Sept. 18 and scored for the first time since Sept. 20.

In his last two games against Michigan State, senior forward Scott Lorenz has fired a total of 11 shots, including seven shots-on-goal. With his five shots Sunday, Lorenz moved into 10th place on UW’s all-time shots list.

Senior defender Brian Bultman kept the score knotted at 1-1 twice during Sunday's match with Michigan State by contributing a pair of team saves -- one in the first half and one in the second half -- while patrolling the goal line.

UW’s win over Michigan State also concluded a stretch of six-consecutive games against 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifiers. The Badgers went 2-3-1 against those teams.

The win over Michigan State also was UW's first victory in an overtime contest since downing Santa Clara on Sept. 5, 2008.

After matches Wednesday in Green Bay and Sunday in Evanston, Ill., the Badgers will have played eight of their last 10 games away from the McClimon Complex.

Against Green Bay, the Badgers seek their first win a true road game this season. UW is 0-4-0 in true road contests, having been outscored 12-2 in those matches.

Senior midfielder Brandon Miller has had a hand in each of the Badgers’ last four goals, as he scored in a win over Oakland (Sept. 18) and a draw with UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 20) and then assisted on both of Lorenz’s goals Sunday.

Scouting the Opponent: Green Bay
The Phoenix enter Wednesday’s matchup coming off a hard-fought, 3-2 win over Horizon League rival Illinois-Chicago in double overtime on Saturday.

The win was the third straight for Green Bay since suffering its only loss of the season in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Butler on Sept. 27.

The Phoenix are unbeaten at home and have won four straight on their home field after opening the season with a 3-3 draw against then-No. 9 Northwestern.

For the season, the Phoenix have outscored their opponents, 33-13, and are averaging nearly 10 shots more per game than their opponents.

J.C. Banks, who scored against UIC on Saturday, ranks second nationally with 11 goals and leads the club with five assists. Banks also holds the team lead in shots (42) and shots-on-goal (23), and has kicked in a pair of game-winning scores.

A total of 12 different players have scored for Green Bay on the year, including seven who have tallied multiple goals.

In goal, Ryan Wehking has played all but 22 minutes for the Phoenix and has given up 13 goals in 12 games while making 31 saves.

About the Series
Wednesday’s match will mark the 13th-consecutive season in which the Badgers and Phoenix have met to renew their in-state rivalry.

The game also will be the 33rd meeting in the all-time series between the teams since Wisconsin elevated soccer to varsity status in 1977.

While Green Bay dominated the early years of the rivalry between the two teams, Wisconsin has had the upper hand since 1989, going 13-4-1 against the Phoenix in that stretch. That includes a 5-2-1 mark in games played in Green Bay over that span.

The Badgers are unbeaten in their last two trips to Green Bay, including a 4-1 win in 2004 and a scoreless draw in 2007. Wisconsin has not dropped a road game to the Phoenix since a 1-0 overtime loss in 2002.

All-time, the Badgers are 6-9-1 against the Phoenix in games played in Green Bay.
In his sixth year has head coach at Green Bay, Tom Poitras owns a 1-3-1 record against the Badgers.

UW head coach Todd Yeagley, in his first season, will face the Phoenix for the first time.

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.

NSCAA/adidas Top 25
College Soccer News Top 30
SoccerTimes.com Top 25

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