Oct. 28, 2011
Badgers wrap up regular season contests at the McClimon Sunday
The Badgers (8-6-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) host Ohio State (9-5-2, 3-1-0) on Sunday, Oct. 30, in their final home game of the regular season. Wisconsin’s five seniors will be recognized on Sunday as part of ‘Senior Day’. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: 11-14-2
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State in Madison: 5-6-0
vs. Ohio State
Wisconsin trails Ohio State in the all-time series, and has only come up victorious in just one of its last eight meetings with the Buckeyes. The Badgers last win over Ohio State dates back to October 25, 2009, when UW shut the Buckeyes out, 2-0. Last season the two teams battled to a scoreless draw in double overtime at the Big Ten tournament in University Park, Pa. Wisconsin’s last three losses to Ohio State were by just one goal.
In the Big Ten
Wisconsin is 83-70-19 all-time in Big Ten games and 48-56-10 since 1991, the year the Big Ten officially recognized men’s soccer. Against current Big Ten opponents, UW holds a record of 73-79-20 in all games played. UW’s best record is against Northwestern (25-9-4), while it has fared the worst against Indiana (4-32-5).
Wisconsin’s loss against Northwestern on Oct. 23 snapped its three-game Big Ten win streak. UW opened league play with wins over Indiana (Oct. 2), Michigan (Oct. 9) and Michigan State (Oct 16), marking the first time since 1995 that Wisconsin has opened league play with three consecutive wins.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Badgers won their first Big Ten opener since the 2006 season when they beat Michigan, 2-1, in overtime in Madison. UW is 9-9-2 in Big Ten openers since 1991. The Badgers went 7-0-0 in Big Ten openers from 1991-1997.
Drama remains as league play starts to shake itself out. Northwestern leads the league with 10 points, while UW and Ohio State are right behind with nine. Indiana remains in the mix with seven points and two games remaining.
Northwestern has yet to play Indiana or Michigan, while Indiana remains on the Buckeyes’ schedule. The Badgers conclude Big Ten play at Penn State, who is winless in league play.
Around the league -- as of Oct. 27, 2011
Northwestern’s win over Wisconsin gave it possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. The Wildcats lead the league with 10 points, while UW is tied for second with Ohio State with a 3-1-0 league record and nine points. Indiana is fourth with seven points, Michigan State is fifth with five points, Michigan is sixth (3 points) and Penn State seventh in the league with a winless Big Ten record.
Big Ten dribbles …
Indiana leads the league in goals (30), assists (31) and points (91) … Michigan has recorded 278 shots, while UW has 160 … Penn State has 10 shutouts in 17 games … Ohio State has scored eight goals in Big Ten action, while Penn State has one … Wisconsin has only allowed two goals in league play … OSU’s Chris Hegngi leads the league in goals (4) and points (8) in Big Ten games … UW’s Max Jentsch leads the league a 0.50 goals against average.
Last time out
Stopping in Milwaukee for the last leg of its three-game roadtrip, the Wisconsin men's soccer team handed the Panthers their second-consecutive 2-0 shutout loss Wednesday night. Sophomore Blake Succa gave the Badgers an early lead with his first career goal at the 24:52 make. Junior Tomislav Zadro added to UW’s point total with his fifth goal of the season less than nine minutes later. Sophomore goalie Max Jentsch improved his record to 6-3-2 with his third shutout of the season.
Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State concluded its non-conference slate with a 2-1 victory over Oakland Wednesday evening in Rochester, Mich. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 9-5-2 on the season. OSU opened Big Ten play with a 3-2, overtime win against Michigan and picked up a 2-1 win over Michigan State on Oct. 2, before falling to Northwestern, 3-2, on Oct. 9. The Buckeyes earned their third conference win on Oct. 23 when they defeated Penn State, 1-0, in overtime.
Ohio State returns 16 letterwinners from last season’s squad after losing six. Eight starters from last season also remain on the Buckeyes roster this season, while six newcomers join the squad. Head coach John Bluem returns for his 15th season at the helm of Ohio State soccer. Bluem is first in the record books for all-time wins in Ohio State coaching history with a record of 150-101-38 in fourteen seasons. He has led the Buckeyes to 12 Big Ten tournament wins.
Who to watch for
The Badgers will meet up with the Buckeyes and reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Matt Lampson, on Sunday. The award is the seventh of the junior goalkeeper’s career. The award came after Lampson helped the Buckeyes earn their third shutout in four attempts Sunday with 1-0 win over Penn State. The goalkeeper currently ranks third in Ohio State’s record book for all-time career shutouts with 23. Lampson also leads the Big Ten with 69 saves in 19 games this season.
On the offensive side for the Buckeyes is the potent junior forward Chris Hegngi. Hegngi leads the Big Ten in shots per game (3.69), and is tied with Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta for a league-best eight goals. The forward was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in Ohio State’s 3-2 win over Michigan on Sept. 25.
Wisconsin earned its first win of the season over an in-state opponent when it defeated the Milwaukee Panthers, 2-0, on Oct. 26. UW came up short in its quest for a win in Green Bay, falling to the Phoenix, 2-0, on Oct. 19 and battled in-state rival Marquette to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 28.
The Badgers earned their first midweek win of the season when they defeated Milwaukee on Oct. 26. UW suffered a 2-0 loss to the Green Bay Phoenix on Oct. 19, and fell, 2-1, to Creighton on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Wisconsin played Marquette to a, 1-1, double overtime draw in the Badgers’ first midweek game of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 28. UW is 1-2-1 in midweek action this season.
Last year, the Badgers saw three of their four Wednesday games go into overtime, finishing 1-2-0 in in those games. UW ended the 2010 season 2-2-0 in Wednesday games, with all four midweek matchups played in Madison.
Welcome to McClimon
Wisconsin holds an all-time record of 89-60-15 at the McClimon Complex since 1993. In the inaugural season of action at the McClimon in 1993, the Badgers earned a program-best nine wins. In 1996 Wisconsin recorded a program-best .833 win percentage with a 7-1-1 record. In 2010, UW marked a 3-5-1 record at the McClimon Complex.
Wisconsin opened the 2011 season with a 1-0 win over Western Illinois, before suffering losses to UC Irvine and Memphis at the McClimon Complex. On Sept. 25, UW defeated Loyola Marymount in the first of a four-game homestand at McClimon before tying Marquette on Sept. 28, defeating Indiana on Oct. 2 and losing to Creighton on Oct. 5. UW returned to Madison on Oct. 16 and earned a 1-0 victory over Michigan State. The Badgers are 4-3-1 in Madison this season.
RPI rankings -- as of Oct. 25, 2011
Wisconsin ranks 36th in the second RPI rankings of the season, falling from the No. 22 spot last week. Indiana sits in the 19th spot, while Northwestern is 48th. UW’s upcoming opponent, Ohio State, is 59th.
NSCAA Coaches Poll -- Oct. 25, 2011
A late-season shuffle occurred as all five of the top spots in this week’s NSCAA Coaches Poll are occupied by new teams. Maryland jumped from the No. 3 spot to No. 1, New Mexico moved from the fifth spot to second and Creighton jumped from sixth to third. Connecticut, last week’s No. 1 ranked team, fell to the fifth spot after suffering its first loss of the season. Indiana is the lone Big Ten representative in this week’s poll, coming in at No. 10.
Regional rankings -- Oct. 25, 2011
UW fell from fifth to 10th in this week’s NCSAA Great Lake Regional Rankings. Wisconsin’s No. 5 ranking was its highest this season. Wisconsin opened the season 10th in the rankings, before falling out of the rankings in the Sept. 27 poll. UW earned the 10th spot in the Oct. 4 poll and moved to sixth in the Oct. 11 poll.
More points please
In 16 games played this season, the Badgers have scored 66 points, 11 more than all of 2010. Eleven members of the team have scored a point this season, while Tomislav Zadro leads the team with 17.
Junior Tomislav Zadro’s team-best 17 points are tied for second in the Big Ten. The midfielder’s seven assists lead the league, while his five goals are tied for fifth. Zadro’s 17 points are the most for a Badger since the 2008 season when Scott Lorenz finished with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points. Zadro recorded a 10-game point streak, from Sept. 4-Oct. 9. He led the Badgers with four goals and seven assists during that time.
The Badgers put together a five-game unbeaten streak from Sept. 16-Oct. 2. On Sept. 16, in Max Jentsch’s first start in goal, UW defeated Drake, 3-1. The Badgers then went on to tie SIUE (Sept. 18), defeat Loyola Marymount (Sept. 25), tie Marquette (Sept. 28) and defeat Indiana (Oct. 2). An overtime loss to then-No. 5 Creighton (Oct. 5) ended UW’s run.
The unbeaten streak was UW’s longest since the 2008 season, when the Badgers started the season 4-0-1 before falling to Binghamton in the sixth game of the season.
Big Ten accolades
Max Jentsch earned his second Big Ten weekly award this week for his performance in Wisconsin’s 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan State on Sunday. The sophomore goalkeeper was named Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten after recording his second shutout in league play this season. Jentsch is now 5-1-2 in goal for UW.
Jentsch earned his first weekly award of the season for his shutout performance in the Badgers’ win over Indiana on Oct. 2. Jentsch blocked a penalty kick from Indiana’s Harrison Petts to preserve the shutout.
Nick Janus also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after his performance in Wisconsin’s win over then-No. 6 Indiana. Janus earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring three points in the game. The award was the first of Janus’ career.
Junior Kyle McCrudden earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors after his performance against Western Illinois on Aug. 29. McCrudden’s game-winning goal in the 68th minute was his first game-winner and second career goal at UW.
Nick Janus was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll and selected to Soccer America Men's Team of the Week after leading unranked Wisconsin to a stunning upset over No. 6 Indiana on Oct. 2. Janus earned the assist on the game-winning goal, before adding an insurance goal late in the game. He earned three points in the game and is now fourth on the team with six points.
Freshman AJ Cochran sophomore Paul Yonga and Tomislav Zadro were named to the UIC Soccer Classic All-Tournament team. Zadro earned three points with one goal and one assist, while Yonga and Cochran’s defensive performance helped the Badgers finish the tournament unbeaten.
Zadro’s all-tournament honors at UIC were his second of the season as he, senior Josh Thiermann and sophomore Blake Succa were named to the all-tournament team at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. Thiermann led Wisconsin with two goals, while Zadro earned his first point of the season with an assist.
Seniors Colin Mani, Arnel Zahirovic and Josh Thiermann are serving as captains for the 2011 season. Thiermann will be making his first appearance on the field for the Badgers after playing three seasons at Notre Dame. Mani has seen action in 38 games for the Badgers, including appearances in 16 games a year ago. Zahirovic appeared in 19 games in 2010 with 18 starts after transferring from Illinois Central College following the 2009 season.
Rookie class ranked No. 18
The 2011 incoming class earned a No. 18 ranking on the College Soccer News Top 40 Recruiting Class list. The Badgers welcome 13 new faces to the field this fall, including eight freshmen and five transfers. North Carolina received the No. 1 ranking with a 10-member recruiting class, while Indiana's No. 4 ranking was the highest in the Big Ten. Wisconsin's No. 18 ranking was the next highest in the league, with Penn State ranked No. 24, Michigan State No. 31 and Northwestern No. 38 also making the list.
Badgers in season-openers
The Badgers are unbeaten in season-openers since 2007, most recently defeating Western Illinois, 1-0, to begin the 2011 season. Overall, Wisconsin is 21-11-3 in season-opening matches and head coach John Trask is 2-0 in season-openers at Wisconsin.