After tallying three goals in a pair of games last weekend, senior striker Dominic DaPra has a total of 15 goals in 16 games, ranking 10th among NCAA Division I mens soccer players with a 0.94 goals-per-game average.
DaPras 15 goals and 34 points this season lead the Big Ten and he is also ranked 14th nationally with 2.12 points per game. Currently in his second season for the Badgers, DaPra transferred to Wisconsin after playing two seasons at St. Louis University. In only those two years, DaPra has powered his way into the Badgers top five in career goals (30), points (70), multi-goal games (8), hat tricks (2) and game-winning goals (9).
Wisconsin head coach Kalekeni Banda knows DaPra is one of the Badgers biggest scoring weapons.
Hes a goal scorer, Banda said. Just give him the opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net and he can do that. Hes shown he can do that all throughout his career.
The Racine, Wis., native earned his second career hat trick on Sept. 2 against Alabama A&M in the Rocky Rococo Classic tournament. He scored five goals in two games during the tournament to earn MVP of the Classic and Big Ten Player of the Week for Sept. 3.
He currently ranks third in both UW season records with his 15 goals and 36 points last year. DaPra earned first-team all-Big Ten and all-Great Lakes Region selection in 2000 and has three games left in the season to improve his current season totals.
The faithful DaPra also believes in his teammates and their goals for the last few weeks of the season.
Were pretty confident. I think our specific goal for our team is to make it to the NCAA tournament, DaPra said. We feel if we finish in the top three in the Big 10 and play well in the Big 10 tournament, well accomplish that goal.
DaPra and the Badgers travel to Northwestern Thursday, then host Ohio State this Sunday to wrap up their regular season. Wisconsin hosts the Big Ten Championship tournament Nov. 8-11 with game times to be announced.