The Wisconsin mens soccer team (6-10-0, 1-4-0 Big Ten Conference) will host its final home game of the season Wednesday at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Facing off against in-state opponent UW-Green Bay (8-8-8, 3-4-0 Horizon League), the Badgers are looking to carry the momentum from their Oct. 30 overtime win. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Badgers are led by redshirt freshman Victor Diaz (Madrid, Spain) with 10 points on the season. Sophomore Erik Ortega has registered two game-winners for UW including the overtime goal vs. Michigan State to give the Badgers their first Big Ten victory of the season.
The Phoenix has played three straight overtime games and was 1-2 in those contests. The one win was a dramatic 1-0 upset of UW-Milwaukee while hosting the Panthers. Most recently, the Phoenix dropped a game to IUPUI. This game will close UW-Green Bays regular season as they next head to the Horizon League Tournament in Chicago next week.
UWGB freshman goalkeeper Adam Stikl earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors Oct. 31. In his first collegiate start against UW-Milwaukee Oct. 26, Stikl and the Phoenix defense shut out the Panthers as UW-Green Bay posted its first victory over UWM since the 1998 campaign. Despite falling to IUPUI Oct. 30 in overtime, Stikl posted a 0.45 GAA in the two games to earn the elite league honor.
Offensively, freshman Jamari Brinson made his first collegiate goal worth its weight in gold as his strike in the 97th minute was the game-winner Oct. 26 against the Panthers. Senior Bati Tola tallied his sixth assist of the season on the score in his final home game of his career.
The Badgers and Phoenix are tied in the all-time series at 14 games apiece. Wisconsin evened the record with a 4-1 win in Green Bay, Wis., last season. However, last time the teams met in Madison the Phoenix came away with a 1-0 victory.