Fresh off a 2-0 win over in-state rival UW-Green Bay on Monday, the Wisconsin men's soccer team (7-6-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten) hosts Penn State in its Big Ten Conference finale Sunday at the McClimon Complex.
Against Penn State, Wisconsin looks to snap a 12-game winless streak in conference play. The Badgers last win against a Big Ten opponent came in a 2-0 victory over the Nittany Lions on Oct. 15, 2006.
Sundays contest is also Senior Day for the Badgers, who will honor seniors Victor Diaz, Kenny Dix, Zack Lambo and Andy Miller before the game.
Wisconsin (7-6-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten)
vs. Penn State (4-8-2, 1-2-0 Big Ten)
12:30 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 26 | McClimon Complex | Madison, Wis.
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Senior athid=5211&deptid=122"> --> Victor Diaz s first-minute score against UW-Green Bay marked the fastest goal by the Badgers in at least the last 10 seasons. Scoring just 41 seconds into the match, Diaz scored the Badgers first first-minute goal since he found the back of the net 54 seconds into last seasons matchup with Penn State (Oct. 20, 2007). Interestingly, both of Diazs quick scores came off assists from teammate athid=6004&deptid=122"> --> Brandon Miller .
Diazs performance against the Phoenix moved him into a tie for 10th on the Badgers all-time lists in both assists (15 for his career) and game-winning goals (6).
With Mondays win over UW-Green Bay, the Badgers extended their unbeaten streak against in-state opponents to seven straight games. Wisconsin has not lost to an in-state team since falling, 2-3, to the Phoenix on Oct. 24, 2006.
In blanking the Phoenix, 2-0, the Badgers also completed a shutout sweep of their in-state foes. Wisconsin outscored its in-state rivals by a combined 7-0 margin.
The Badgers swept the states other Division I teams for the first time in four years and the fourth time in program history (also 1981, 1992, 2004). This year also marks the ninth season in which the Badgers have posted an unbeaten record against their three in-state rivals.
After being held to a season-low five shots by Marquette (Oct. 15), the Badgers racked up 13 shots against Ohio State (Oct. 18) and had 14 against UW-Green Bay (Oct. 20). Monday marked the 12th time in 15 games this season that the UW tallied at least a dozen shots.
The Badgers will look Sunday to snap a trend that has seen them alternate wins and losses over the last five contests. Since breaking a five-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory against UW-Milwaukee (Oct. 8), the Badgers are 3-2-0.
All six of the Badgers losses this season have come by one-goal margins, while their five Big Ten Conference matches have been decided by a combined four goals.
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Wisconsin 2, UW-Green Bay 0 (Oct. 20) | sportid=122&storyid=15388"> --> Recap
Senior Victor Diaz, making his first start in three weeks, jump-started Wisconsin with a goal just 41 seconds into Mondays contest against UW-Green Bay and then assisted on a goal by junior athid=6006&deptid=122"> --> Taylor Waspi as the Badgers cruised to a 2-0 win over the Phoenix.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
The Nittany Lions head to Madison following a 2-1 loss Tuesday to Lehigh, a defeat that snapped a two-game win streak. That included a 3-2 win over Ohio State on Oct. 11 that has Penn State sitting one spot above the Badgers in the Big Ten standings. Overall, the Lions have dropped five of their last seven games after starting the season 2-3-2.
Treavor Gelsinger leads the way offensive for PSU, with six goals to his credit on the year. In all, nine players have tallied scores for the Lions, who have been outscored 22-16 on the season despite averaging 18.4 shots per game.
ABOUT THE PENN STATE SERIES
After the Nittany Lions dominated the series in the late 1990s, the Badgers have claimed three of the teams last five meetings and are 3-1-1 over that span.
The UW has won three straight against Penn State at the McClimon Complex, dating back to 2002, and is 5-4 all-time against the Lions in games played in Madison.
Although the Badgers are 0-4 all-time against PSU in Big Ten tournament games, the UW holds a 8-7-2 edge in the all-time series in regular-season matchups.
UW head coach Jeff Rohrman is 4-2-1 against the Lions in his career, while Penn State coach Barry Gorman has been at the helm for all 21 meetings between the teams and owns an 11-8-2 record against the Badgers.
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