The 2006 Big Ten title is up for grabs on Friday (Oct. 27) when the UW mens soccer team heads to Bloomington, Ind., to face No. 20 Indiana at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.
Both teams enter the last regular season game of the season as the co-leaders atop the Big Ten standings. Should one of teams end up victorious, the conference crown will be theirs for the taking.
A win for the Badgers (9-6-2 overall, 3-1-1 Big Ten) would cap off a wonderful year for the team, and Coach Rohrman couldnt agree more with this notion.
If we were to win on Friday, it would be an exclamation point on the efforts that the players have put in, both this year, and for some, over the last four years, Rohrman said. It would be a great way to end the season, and a great upstart going into the Big Ten tournament.
After starting the season off by losing a few close games to some tough opponents, including a 1-0 loss against current undefeated and top-ranked SMU, Wisconsin kicked it up a gear once conference play began.
UW opened the Big Ten season with a great overtime win at home against Michigan, and then proceeded to go five more games without a loss. Included in the streak was a 1-0 win over Illinois-Chicago, ranked No. 7 at the time.
Now, the Badgers will attempt to finish the deal by winning their 10th game of the season, and seizing the Big Ten title that would come with it.
Coach Rohrman commented that the Badgers cant wait to get out to the field in Indiana.
The guys are eager for Friday, Coach Rohrman said. Having a chance to go to Indiana at the end of the season with something to play for should make for a great atmosphere.
UW has not won the conference title since 1995, the same year they won the NCAA championship.
Wisconsin will face a Hoosier squad (11-4-2) that is coming off of a 4-2 win over Butler on Tuesday (Oct. 24). Indiana has been quite hot over its last 10 games, having won eight of those contests, and having lost just one.
The Badgers will look to reverse their luck from last year against IU, as the teams met in both the regular season and the Big Ten tournament, with UW coming up short both times.
Indiana, who has been one of the top mens soccer programs for many years, holds the all-time series record against Wisconsin, 3-26-3.
Coach Rohrman, however, is not discouraged by Indianas past success.
Any team on any given day is beatable, Rohrman said. It will come down to our preparation, and our willingness to play every second like it counts.
Wisconsins game versus Indiana will begin at 7 p.m. CT on Friday (Oct. 27) in Bloomington, Ind., at Armstrong Stadium. Fans can follow the game live online by clicking here and selecting the Gametracker icon.