The Wisconsin mens soccer team (7-10-0, 1-4-0 Big Ten) wraps up the 2005 regular season at Northwestern as they take on the Wildcats (9-5-2, 1-3-1). The Badgers are coming off a 3-0 win against UW-Green Bay and are hoping to improve their seeding in the Big Ten Tournament with a win against NU. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Evanston, Ill.
Wednesday the Badgers blanked UW-Green Bay 3-0 en route to their third shutout of the season. Junior William Bagayoko (Baton Rouge, La.) scored two goals, both in the first 10 minutes of each half to lead the team as they won their final home game of the year.
The Badgers and Wildcats share their respective lone Big Ten Conference wins against Michigan State. Both teams are looking for that second victory to finish in sole possession of sixth place in the conference standings heading into next weeks Big Ten Tournament.
The Badgers beat MSU in exciting fashion with Erik Ortega (Western Springs, Ill) scoring the game-winning goal in overtime for a 3-2 win in the Badgers first conference win of the season. Northwestern defeated the Spartans 2-0 over a month ago as they scored in the third minute of play and then again in the 72nd minute to seal the game in Evanston.
Northwestern returns home from a four-game road stretch in which they went 2-1-1, beating Loyola Marymount and Butler. Lead by Brad North who is tied atop the Big Ten in goals scored heading into the final weekend of play with eight in 16 games. North, a junior from The Woodlands, Texas, leads the team in points and has been the most potent weapon in the Wildcat offense.
The Badgers are 22-4-4 all-time against the Wildcats, yet havent won since their 1-0 victory in Madison in 2002. Last year Northwestern ended their season 15-6-2, while the Badgers were 9-10-0.