Jan. 31, 2012
• Spring Schedule
MADISON, Wis. – Home matches against Central Michigan, Marquette and Milwaukee highlight the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s 2012 spring schedule, head coach Paula Wilkins announced Tuesday.
Coming off a 10-7-3 season that saw the team eliminated in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers open the spring season on March 17 at Loyola-Chicago.
Nearly a month later, the Badgers return to the field with a road matchup at Illinois on April 15.
The final contest away from Madison takes place on April 20 as the Badgers take on Minnesota at 8 p.m. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., at Dorais Field. The Badgers faced the Gophers twice during the 2011 season, including a 2-2 tie in Madison on Sept. 29.
Two days later the Badgers take part in the first of three home games in Madison with a visit from Central Michigan on April 22.
The final day of the spring calendar comes on April 28 when the Badgers play their final two games.
It begins at 10 a.m. with a matchup against Marquette. The two teams met in an exhibition match prior to the 2011 season.
Wisconsin’s final spring game takes place at 3:45 p.m. later that day against Milwaukee.
The Badgers lose six players to graduation off last season's squad, including forward Laurie Nosbusch, goalkeeper Michele Dalton and defender Meghan Flannery.
Nosbusch finished her career fifth all-time at Wisconsin in goals (29) and points (78), while Dalton was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and Flannery started all 20 games in 2011 along the back line.
However, UW boasts the return of 10 players that started at least one game last season and five of the top six point producers, including leading goal-scorer Cara Walls.