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Badgers return home for mid-week clash with Marquette

ON WISCONSIN <b>The Badgers are set for just their third home game in a month Wednesday against Marquette</b>
The Badgers are set for just their third home game in a month Wednesday against Marquette

Oct. 20, 2009


After playing eight of its last 10 games away from home, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team returns to the McClimon Complex this week for a pair of games that begin a three-match homestand. The Badgers host in-state foe Marquette at 7 p.m. Wednesday before returning to conference play Sunday in a 2 p.m. matchup against nationally-ranked Ohio State.

Game 13 | Marquette (3-7-3) vs. Wisconsin (4-6-2)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Madison, Wis.
Site: McClimon Complex (4,500)
Tickets: $5 adults, $2 youth/seniors
Online: GameTracker
All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads, 16-9-7

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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 suffering a difficult 1-0 loss to in-state foe Green Bay in a mid-week non-conference matchup, the Badgers bounced back in a big way Saturday against No. 16 Northwestern by snapping the Wildcats’ 10-game unbeaten streak in a 2-1 win.

Wisconsin took advantage of its first penalty kick in 36 matches when Eric Conklin drilled the game-winner in the 95th minute and lifted the Badgers to their second-consecutive Big Ten win.

Saturday’s win over Northwestern gave the Badgers their first true road win in six tries this season, while also providing UW’s first win over a ranked team since downing No. 20 Santa Clara on Sept. 5, 2008.

The Badgers are now 1-1-1 against ranked opponents this season.

The victory also gives the Badgers multiple wins in Big Ten Conference play for the first time since UW went 3-2-1 in the league during the 2006 season.

In its first 12 games, Wisconsin has faced seven teams that qualified for the 2008 NCAA Tournament, posting a 3-3-1 record against those opponents.

The Badgers’ win over Northwestern gave them their second-straight victory in an overtime game, improving UW’s record in overtime contests to 2-1-2.

After losing three straight by a combined score of 7-0 between Sept. 25 and Oct. 4, the Badgers have now won two of their last three matches, outscoring those opponents by a 4-3 margin.

Against Marquette, the Badgers will seek to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Badgers are unbeaten in their last six meetings with the Golden Eagles and have not lost to Marquette in Madison since 1999.

Wisconsin has played eight of its last 10 games away from the McClimon Complex and owns a 2-1-1 record in home games this season..

Scouting the Opponent: Marquette
The Golden Eagles snapped an five-game winless streak Saturday by posting a 1-0 win over a Georgetown team that was receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25.

Marquette had lost three of five entering Saturday’s contest and has won just twice since Sept. 1.

The Golden Eagles are 0-2-2 in true road games on the season.

Marquette has struggled to find the back of the net this season, tallying just eight goals in 13 games.

Calum Mallace leads the way offensive for the club with three goals and 21 shots-on-goal. With 41, he also has contributed nearly one-fourth of the Golden Eagles’ total shots on the year (165).

Matt Pyzdrowski has started 11 of the team’s 13 games in goal and owns a 1.16 goals-against average. He’s made 44 saves for a percentage of .759.

About the Series
Saturday’s game will be the 33rd all-time meeting between the teams, with the Badgers holding a 16-9-7 lead in the series.

After going winless in eight games against Marquette between 1995 and 2002, the Badgers are unbeaten in their last six against the Golden Eagles. Wisconsin is 5-0-1 against Marquette since 2003.

Over those last six meetings, UW has outscored the Golden Eagles by a combined 13-5 margin.

Wisconsin has posted shutouts in three of the clubs’ last four meetings.

The Badgers have not lost to Marquette at home since 1999, going 2-0-2 in the four home matches that have followed.

All-time, the Badgers own an 8-4-3 record against Marquette in games played in Madison. That includes a mark of 3-2-3 in contests held at the McClimon Complex.

In his fourth season, Louis Bennett is 0-2-1 against the Badgers as head coach at Marquette. Bennett split his 10 meetings with the Badgers as head coach at UW-Milwaukee from 1996 to 2005, going 5-5-0.

UW’s Todd Yeagley, in his first season, will face the Golden Eagles for the first time as a head coach. Yeagley faced Marquette once as a player at Indiana, with the Hoosiers claiming a 4-2 win in 1991.

Last Meeting
Last season, a goal by Scott Lorenz in the 15th minute was all the Badgers needed to score a 1-0 win over the Golden Eagles on Oct. 15, 2008, as Alex Horwath recorded his third shutout of the season in goal.

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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