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Nov. 17, 2010

This Week in Men's Soccer

2010 Schedule
Sept. 4 vs. Santa Clara W, 2-1
Sept. 6 at No. 25 UC Irvine L, 1-0
Sept. 10 at Florida International L, 2-1 (2OT)
Sept. 12 at Florida Atlantic L, 2-1
Sept. 17 San Diego State L, 1-0
Sept. 19 Dayton T, 0-0 (2OT)
Sept. 24 at No. 16 Creighton L, 1-0 (OT)
Sept. 28 at Marquette L, 1-0
Oct. 3 at Indiana* T, 1-1 (2OT)
Oct. 6 Northern Illinois L, 2-1 (OT)
Oct. 10 Michigan* L, 3-2
Oct. 17 at No. 21 Michigan State* L, 3-0
Oct. 20 Green Bay L, 4-3 (OT)
Oct. 23 Northwestern* L, 4-3 (OT)
Oct. 27 Milwaukee W, 2-0
Oct. 31 at Ohio State* L, 1-0
Nov. 3 UIC W, 1-0 (OT)
Nov. 6 No. 22 Penn State* W, 1-0
Nov. 11 vs. Ohio State T, 0-0 (2OT)
Nov. 12 vs. Michigan L, 1-0
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2010 Roster
1 Kent Kobernus FR GK
2 Jacob Gerondale FR D
3 Kyle McCrudden SO MF
4 Paul Yonga FR D/MF
5 Cale Cooper JR D
6 Colin Monasterio JR MF
11 Joey Tennyson FR MF
12 Trevor Wheeler FR MF
13 Nick Janus FR MF/F
14 Colin Mani JR D/MF
15 Luke Goodnetter FR D/MF
16 Jon Rzepka SR MF
17 Josh Thiermann SR MF/F
18 Blake Succa FR D
19 Arnel Zahirovic JR D
20 Aaron Nichols SR D/MF
21 Austin Spohn JR MF
22 Chris Prince FR F
23 Bryan Gerster SR F
24 Danny Ahlering SO D/MF
25 Kyle Peterson FR MF
26 Jamal Habibi JR GK
27 Ryan Vint SR GK
28 Derek Pitts R-FR MF/F
29 Nick Lund FR F
30 Max Jentsch FR GK
31 Ralph Noordink FR D
Complete Roster

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Season in Review
Wisconsin wrapped up its first season under head coach John Trask with a semifinal finish at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa. After advancing past defending Big Ten champion and No. 2 seed Ohio State on penalty kicks in the opening round, Wisconsin (4-13-3) fell to eventual champion and No. 3 seed Michigan, 1-0, in the semifinal round.

Last time out
Wisconsin's postseason run ended as No. 3 seed Michigan topped the seventh-seeded Badgers, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Tournament at Penn State's Jeffrey Field.

Big Ten Freshman of the Year Soony Saad teamed up with older brother Hamoody Saad on a give-and-go to net the game-winner for Michigan in the 78th minute. The Wolverines outshot the Badgers, 19-6, including a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal.

UW held the Wolverines to just one goal after Michigan entered the game averaging 3.5 goals per game over its last four outings. Wisconsin kept Michigan scoreless for the opening 77 minutes of the game, extending freshman Max Jentsch's shutout streak to 435:34 before the Saad brothers solved the UW defense to tally the game-winner.

2010 Big Ten Tournament
No. 3 seed Michigan earned a 4-1 win over No. 4 seed Penn State to claim its first Big Ten tournament title. The Wolverines advanced to the championship game by defeating the Badgers, 1-0, in the semifinal round, while PSU knocked off top-seeded Indiana, 2-1.

Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament
After going 0-1-1 in this year's league tournament, Wisconsin is 7-17-3 in the modern era of the Big Ten Tournament (since 1991) and 21-22-5 overall in the league's postseason competition, which dates back to the 1978 season.

All-tournament team awards
Five Badgers earned seven all-tournament team awards this season. Most recently, freshmen Chris Prince and Paul Yonga were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after the Badgers advanced to the semifinal round.

Seniors Ryan Vint and Aaron Nichols joined Prince on the UC Irvine College Classic all-tournament team after UW topped Santa Clara, 2-1, and fell to UC Irvine, 1-0, Sept. 4-6.

Freshman Trevor Wheeler joined Nichols in earning all-tournament accolades after the Badgers fell 1-0 to San Diego State and tied Dayton 0-0 in double overtime in the Wisconsin Soccer Classic Sept. 17-19.

Shutout streak
Freshman goalkeeper Max Jentsch had a shutout streak of 435:34 from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. The streak included 62:26 of shutout soccer against Ohio State (Oct. 31), complete-game shutouts of UIC (95:51 with overtime on Nov. 3), Penn State (90:00 on Nov. 6) and Ohio State (110:00 on Nov. 11) and 77:17 scoreless minutes against Michigan (Nov. 12).

The Hartland, Wis., native had four complete-game shutouts on the season, including three-straight games Nov. 3-11. In the last six games of the season, Jentsch and the Badgers only allowed two goals.

Senior salute
The Badgers recognized their four seniors, Bryan Gerster, Aaron Nichols, Jon Rzepka and Ryan Vint, prior to their Nov. 6 game against Penn State. The seniors posted a 1-0 victory in their final game at the McClimon Complex as UW used a penalty kick by Nichols in the 27th minute to top the then-No. 22 Nittany Lions. The quartet has played in 200 career games for Wisconsin and combined for 21 points on six goals and nine assists.

Road-season wrap-up
The Badgers finished the regular season with a 0-7-1 record in road games, but six of the team's seven road losses came in one-goal games. Three of the losses were to ranked teams, as Wisconsin fell at then-No. 12 UC Irvine (1-0), then-No. 16 Creighton (1-0, OT) and then-No. 21 Michigan State (3-0). Three of UW's road games went to overtime.

Conference accolades
Three Badgers earned Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honors this season.

Senior tri-captain Ryan Vint earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 4 after making a career-high 11 saves to help Wisconsin to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Indiana. Vint's award marked the Badgers' first weekly conference honor of the 2010 season and the first Big Ten weekly award of the senior's career.

Freshman Chris Prince was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 25 after scoring five goals in two games against Green Bay and Northwestern. Prince recorded the first multi-goal games of his career, scoring twice against the Phoenix before tallying his first career hat trick against the Wildcats. Prince's hat trick included back-to-back goals in under two minutes as he gave UW a 3-2 lead in the 85th minute before the team fell 4-3 in overtime.

Freshman goalkeeper Max Jentsch earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 8 after leading UW to back-to-back shutout victories over UIC and Penn State. Jentsch made four saves in Wisconsin's 1-0 overtime win over UIC and recorded six stops to help the Badgers top then-No. 22 Penn State, 1-0.

Rookies garner weekly honors
Freshman forward Chris Prince was named ChicagoLandSoccerNews.com's Player of the Week on Oct. 25 after scoring five goals in two games against Green Bay (Oct. 20) and Northwestern (Oct. 23).

Fellow freshman Max Jentsch was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week (Nov. 7). The rookie made four saves in Wisconsin's 1-0 win over UIC and also had six saves, including a diving stop of a penalty kick, to help Wisconsin upset Big Ten foe Penn State 1-0 (Nov. 6). 

All-Big Ten honors
Senior Aaron Nichols and freshman Chris Prince were honored as members of the All-Big Ten Conference second team. In addition, a trio of Badger newcomers earned All-Freshman Team honors as Nick Janus and Paul Yonga joined Prince on the all-rookie squad. Wisconsin and Indiana led the league with three freshmen honorees each, and Yonga and Prince were two of four unanimous selections.

UW's three freshman awards mark the most rookie awards the Badgers have received since 2005 when Victor Diaz, Kenny Dix and Andy Miller earned Big Ten All-Freshman team accolades. UW also had three All-Freshman team members in 2004 in Nick Caronna, B.J. Goodman and Erik Ortega.

Also recognized by the Big Ten was senior Jon Rzepka, who was the Badgers' recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the second-straight year.

Hats off to Prince
Freshman Chris Prince followed up his two-goal performance against Green Bay (Oct. 20) with his first collegiate hat trick against Northwestern (Oct. 23). Prince's three-goal effort was the first hat trick by a Badger since Sept. 3, 2006 when Victor Diaz and Brian Bultman each notched a hat trick against IPFW. Prince's hat trick is the 23rd hat trick in program history.

Prince gave the Badgers the 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when he snuck the ball into the lower left corner after taking a quick touch that left NU's goalkeeper off balance. The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute, but Prince answered with back-to-back goals in the 83rd and 84th minute to give the Badgers the 3-2 lead late in the game.

One-goal games
In 2010, the Badgers played in 15 games decided by one goal. Three of Wisconsin's wins came in one-goal games, and UW suffered 12 one-goal losses, including six 1-0 losses and five overtime losses.

McClimon Complex record
Chris Prince tied the record for goals scored by an individual in a game at the McClimon Complex with his hat trick against Northwestern (Oct. 23). Seven Badgers have scored three goals at the McClimon Complex. Before Prince's three-goal effort, the last UW hat trick at home was netted by Nick Van Sicklen against Penn State on Oct. 10, 2004.

Night owls
All four of the Badgers' victories occurred in night games, including their back-to-back 1-0 victories in 7 p.m. games against UIC (Nov. 3) and Penn State (Nov. 6) at the McClimon Complex.

November nice
The Badgers had a three-game unbeaten streak to open the month of November. UW topped UIC (Nov. 3) and Penn State (Nov. 6) before tying Ohio State (Nov. 11). The streak ended with a 1-0 loss to Michigan (Nov. 12).

Penalty kick connection
Wisconsin scored its lone regulation penalty kick goal of the season when senior Aaron Nichols sealed the Badgers' 1-0 victory over Penn State (Nov. 6) in the 27th minute of the contest, firing a penalty kick into the upper left corner of the net past Penn State's Warren Gross. The penalty kick marked the first awarded to the Badgers since Eric Conklin converted on a PK at Northwestern on Oct. 17, 2009.

The Badgers improved to 6-for-6 in penalty kick situations on the season when UW scored on all five attempts in a shootout with Ohio State (Nov. 11). Juniors Austin Spohn and Arnel Zahirovic, sophomore Kyle McCrudden, and freshmen Joey Tennyson and Chris Prince all scored for UW in the shootout with Zahirovic sealing the 5-4 shootout victory as the final shooter.

Extra minutes
Nine of the Badgers' games went to overtime in 2010, setting a new program record for overtime games in single season. The previous record of seven overtime games occurred in 1997, 1996 and 1982. Wisconsin played 96:35 of overtime action, and the team claimed its first overtime victory against UIC (Nov. 3) to improve to 1-5-2 in overtime games. With a scoreless double-overtime draw with Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, UW wrapped up the season with a 1-5-3 mark when playing extra minutes.

Back-to-back goal-scoring
Wisconsin scored back-to-back goals against Milwaukee (Oct. 27), netting two goals just 31 seconds apart. Freshman Nick Janus scored his first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner, at the 8:57 mark. Senior Bryan Gerster centered the ball from the left side of the field, and Janus finished at the 18-yard box, blasting a one-timer past UWM keeper John Shakon. Seconds later, Gerster carried the ball up the right side of the field and sent a long ball toward the goal, pulling Shakon out of position. Freshman Joey Tennyson then directed Gerster's ball into a wide open net from right in front at the 9:28 mark.

Offensive output
After tallying just eight goals in its first 12 games, Wisconsin netted 10 goals in its final six games of the regular season, averaging 1.67 goals per game over the stretch.

Wisconsin posted back-to-back three-goal games against Green Bay (Oct. 20) and Northwestern (Oct. 23). The Badgers' three goals against the Phoenix marked the most UW goals in a single game since the team posted a 4-1 win over Penn State on Oct. 26, 2008.

The Badgers' nine points against the Wildcats were also a season-high for 2010. UW's eight points against the Phoenix were the most points in one game since the Badgers recorded eight points on two goals and four assists in a 2-1 overtime win over Michigan State on Oct. 11, 2009.

Freshman Chris Prince's 14 points on seven goals this season surpassed last year's individual scoring leaders' seven-point efforts. Taylor Waspi and Scott Lorenz led UW with a team-high seven points each in 2009.

Statistical leaders
Twelve Badgers recorded at least one point in 2010, led by freshman Chris Prince's 14 points on a team-high seven goals. Freshman Nick Janus led the team with three assists, and sophomore Kyle McCrudden played a team-high 1766 minutes. Freshman Paul Yonga was the lone Badger to start all 20 games.

Career-best goalkeeping
Senior Ryan Vint and freshman Max Jentsch both saw time in net for the Badgers, and both delivered impressive performances. Vint posted a career-high 11 saves against Indiana (Oct. 3), while Jentsch made a season-best 11 stops against Ohio State (Nov. 11).

Vint started 10 games, while Jentsch played in 11 games with 10 starts, including his first collegiate start against Marquette (Sept. 28). Vint made 47 saves on 121 shots (61 on goal) for a .770 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average. Meanwhile, Jentsch finished the year with 54 saves, facing 145 shots (68 on goal), and he had four shutouts on the year, including his first career shutout against Milwaukee (Oct. 27).

Badgers in the Big Ten
At the conclusion of the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin led the league in saves (103) and saves per game (5.15) and was tied for fourth in the Big Ten in goals allowed (28).

Max Jentsch and Ryan Vint ranked first and second in the league with 4.91 and 4.70 saves per game, respectively. Vint was fourth in the league in save percentage (.770), fifth in overall saves (47) and eighth in goals against average (1.37). Meanwhile, Jentsch was second in the league with a .794 save percentage, fourth with 54 overall saves and sixth with a 1.28 goals against average. Jentsch was also tied for second with four shutouts.

Forward Chris Prince was tied for eighth in the league with seven goals; he was 10th with 0.35 goals per game. Prince was tied for first in goals (5) and goals per game (0.83), tied for second in points (10), tied for third in points per game (1.67), tied for eighth in shots (12) and shots per game (2.00) in six conference games. Meanwhile, Nick Janus was tied for fifth in assists (2) and tied for eighth in assists per game (0.33) in league games-only.

Jentsch's 11 saves against Ohio State (Nov. 11) and Vint's 11 saves at Indiana (Oct. 3) were tied for the conference's team and individual high for saves; three other goalkeepers posted 11 saves in a single game. Prince's six points and three goals against Northwestern (Oct. 23) were both tied for the conference's best individual scoring effort of the year as well.

Newcomer contributions
Of the Badgers' 15 newcomers, nine saw playing time in 2010. Chris Prince, Joey Tennyson, Nick Janus, Paul Yonga, Trevor Wheeler, Max Jentsch and Arnel Zahirovic all tallied points for UW, led by Prince's team-best seven goals and 14 points. Luke Goodnetter and Blake Succa joined Prince, Janus, Yonga and Zahirovic in playing over 1,000 minutes in their first season with the Badgers.

Twice as nice
Freshman Chris Prince tallied two goals against Green Bay (Oct. 21), marking the first two-goal game by a Badger since Scott Lorenz (2006-09) netted two tallies against Michigan State on Oct. 11, 2009. Prince's two-goal effort marked his first career multi-goal game.

Familiar foes
The Badgers faced their former head coach when UW took on Todd Yeagley and Indiana (Oct. 3). Wisconsin played the Hoosiers to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in Bloomington, Ind.

Head coach John Trask then faced his former squad when the Badgers welcomed UIC to Madison (Nov. 3). Wisconsin posted a 1-0 overtime win over the Flames as Joey Tennyson netted his first career game-winning goal in the 96th minute. Trask spent five seasons as the Flames' head coach from 2005-09 before coming to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin vs. ranked opponents
Wisconsin was 1-3-0 against four ranked opponents this season, most recently earning a 1-0 win over then-No. 22 Penn State (Nov. 6). The Badgers dropped 1-0 decisions on the road to then-No. 25 UC Irvine and then-No. 16 Creighton before falling to then-No. 21 Michigan State, 3-0, Oct. 17. Prior to this season, the last time UW defeated a ranked opponent was when the Badgers topped then-No. 25 Ohio State, 2-0, on Oct. 25, 2009.

Three of the Badgers' 2010 opponents were ranked in the final regular season NSCAA national poll: No. 13 UC Irvine, No. 17 Creighton and No. 19 Michigan. Penn State (50), Ohio State (19), Green Bay (4) and Indiana (2) all received votes in the final NSCAA national poll.

Badger captains
The 2010 Badgers were led by a trio of seniors in goalkeeper Ryan Vint, midfielder Aaron Nichols and midfielder Jon Rzepka. All three were first-time captains for UW.

Badgers in season-openers
The Badgers are unbeaten in season-openers since 2007, most recently defeating Santa Clara 2-1 to begin the 2010 campaign. Overall, Wisconsin is 20-11-3 in season-opening matches. This year marked the 13th time that Wisconsin opened a season away from home and the team's seventh season-opening game at a neutral site.

Trask's debut season
Head coach John Trask became the sixth head coach in Wisconsin men's soccer history when he was hired on Jan. 20, 2010. He made his debut with the Badgers in the team's 2-1 victory over Santa Clara and became the fourth UW head man to start his career with a victory.

Network connection
For the fourth-consecutive season, the Badgers had at least two regular-season matches televised nationally by the Big Ten Network. In 2010, UW played five total televised games, going 0-4-1 in those matches.

After falling to Marquette, 1-0, in their 2010 television debut on Time Warner Sports 32 in Milwaukee, Wis., the Badgers posted a 1-1 double-overtime draw at Indiana and fell 3-0 to then-No. 21 Michigan State on the BTN. Wisconsin dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio State on Oct. 31 in a game broadcast by the BTN on tape delay. The Badgers then fell to Michigan, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the Big Ten tournament, carried live on the BTN.

Rookie class ranked No. 35
College Soccer News ranked Wisconsin's freshman class at No. 35 in the nation. The Badgers' incoming class included 15 players wearing Cardinal and White for the first time.

Badgers picked for seventh
Wisconsin was tabbed to finish seventh in the Big Ten Conference in 2010, according to the league's annual preseason coaches' poll. Defending league champion Ohio State was picked to win the conference, which had four teams ranked in the preseason NSCAA Top 25. Indiana nabbed the second place pick, and Northwestern and Penn State tied for third.

Who's new?
A total of 17 new faces joined the Badgers for the 2010 season, a group composed of one senior, one junior, 13 freshmen and two coaches.

Head coach John Trask entered his first season at the helm of the Badgers, bringing with him assistant coach Phil Presser. Trask came to UW after spending the last five seasons as head coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Meanwhile, Presser most recently served four seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana, his alma mater. His arrival in Madison reunited him with Trask, for whom he served as an assistant at Illinois-Chicago during the 2005 season.

The Badgers welcomed 13 true freshmen to Madison for the 2010 season, in addition to senior transfer Josh Thiermann (Stoughton, Wis.) and junior Arnel Zahirovic (Melbourne, Australia). The freshman class included five Wisconsin natives in Luke Goodnetter (Elm Grove, Wis.), Max Jentsch (Hartland, Wis.), Nick Lund (Hudson, Wis.), Kyle Peterson (Hartland, Wis.) and Joey Tennyson (Milwaukee, Wis.).

UW's freshman class also had four Illinois natives as Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.), Kent Kobernus (Millstadt, Ill.), Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.) and Trevor Wheeler (Arlington Heights, Ill.) joined the Badgers from the Prairie State.

Blake Succa (Lewisberry, Pa.), Jacob Gerondale (Flower Mound, Texas), Paul Yonga (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Ralph Noordink (Noorwijk, The Netherlands) rounded out Wisconsin's rookie class in 2010.

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