June 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team announced its 2014 schedule on Thursday, which features matches against 12 teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Badgers host five teams who competed in last year’s national tournament, including new Big Ten member Rutgers.
“We’re excited with the way our schedule came together this season,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “This team will be tested from the start with home non-conference matches against Oregon and Tennessee, plus a trip out west to face Washington and Portland. As always, we look forward to hosting a handful of great Big Ten matches, beginning with last season’s regular season champion, Nebraska.
“With a large group returning and just one starter from last season lost, we’re ready to see what’s next for this year’s team and how they will grow as a group throughout the season.”
The Badgers will host nine matches at the McClimon Complex this season, including four in primetime. A Big Ten record eight teams competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament last season, as UW is set to host half of those participants in Madison.
The 2014 slate begins Aug. 14 with a friendly at Marquette. UW opens the regular season by hosting the Wisconsin Invitational Aug. 22-24. Oregon, Tennessee and UW-Milwaukee join the Badgers for the four-team tournament, as UW faces the Ducks on Aug. 22 and the Volunteers on Aug. 24.
South Dakota State and Northern Iowa round out the non-conference slate for UW, as the Jackrabbits visit on Aug. 29 and the Panthers on Aug. 31.
The Badgers will compete in the University of Washington Invitational tournament and face host Washington on Sept. 5, followed by Portland on Sept. 7.
Conference play gets underway for the Badgers on the road Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. CT against Michigan State. UW opens home conference play by welcoming Nebraska to the McClimon Complex for a primetime match on Sept. 20.
New Big Ten members Rutgers and Maryland each visit Madison this season. The Scarlet Knights come to town on Oct. 24 for a 7 p.m. match, while the Terrapins visit on Oct. 26.
“We’re excited about the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten Conference,” Wilkins added. “Hosting both teams this season gives our fans a great opportunity to come see us take on the newest league members in person.”
Road trips for the Badgers include Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Washington.
- Aug. 14 at Marquette (Valley Fields – 7:30 p.m. CT)
Badgers begin preseason play with a friendly against the Golden Eagles for the eighth-consecutive year.
- Aug. 22 vs. Oregon (McClimon Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
Wisconsin Invitational Tournament … UW’s season opener features just the second meeting with the Ducks … Badgers lead the all-time series 1-0 after earning a 2-1 win in Eugene, Ore., last season.
- Aug. 24 vs. Tennessee (McClimon Complex – 2 p.m. CT)
Wisconsin Invitational Tournament … third meeting with Tennessee … all-time series tied 1-1-0 … first trip to Madison for the Volunteers since 2010, which they won 1-0.
- Aug. 29 vs. South Dakota State (McClimon Complex – 5 p.m. CT)
Third visit to Madison for the Jackrabbits … Badgers won the most recent meeting 5-0 during the 2012 season … UW leads the all-time series 1-0-1.
- Aug. 31 vs. Northern Iowa (McClimon Complex – 1 p.m. CT)
First-ever match with the Panthers … rounds out a four-match home stand for the Badgers.
- Sept. 5 at Washington (Husky Soccer Stadium – 7 p.m. CT)
University of Washington Invitational Tournament … Badgers lead the all-time series 2-0-1 ... second trip to Seattle, Wash., for UW and first since 2010.
- Sept. 7 at Portland (Husky Soccer Stadium – 11:30 a.m. CT)
University of Washington Invitational Tournament … Badgers looking for first program win against Portland … Pilots lead all-time series 3-0-1 … last met during 2010 season in Seattle, Wash.
- Sept. 12 at Michigan State (DeMartin Soccer Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
UW’s Big Ten opener … Badgers have won six-consecutive matches vs. the Spartans, including a 2-0 win in East Lansing last season.
- Sept. 14 at Michigan (U-M Soccer Complex – 1 p.m. CT)
Second-straight trip to Michigan … last season’s meeting ended in a tie … UW leads all-time series 12-10-5.
- Sept. 20 vs. Nebraska (McClimon Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
UW’s Big Ten home opener … Badgers play host to the reigning Big Ten champs for a third-consecutive season … UW fell 2-1 in double overtime last season.
- Sept. 26 at Indiana (Bill Armstrong Stadium – 7 p.m. CT)
Hoosiers claimed a 1-0 win last season in Bloomington, but UW holds all-time series lead at 12-9-2 ... UW looks to begin a new winning streak after last season’s loss snapped a five-game run.
- Sept. 28 at Purdue (Boilermaker Soccer Complex – 1 p.m. CT)
Badgers have won the last five against the Boilermakers … UW looks for back-to-back wins in West Lafayette after claiming a 3-1 win at Purdue last season.
- Oct. 3 vs. Ohio State (McClimon Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
UW tied the all-time series up at 9-9-5 last season with a 1-0 overtime win over the Buckeyes at the McClimon Complex ... Badgers are 7-2-2 in Madison against OSU.
- Oct. 5 vs. Penn State (McClimon Complex – 12 p.m. CT)
Contested series as of late, tied 2-2-1 since 2009 ... UW suffered a 2-1 defeat in Madison last season.
- Oct. 8 vs. Iowa (McClimon Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
UW holds a 9-5-2 edge in the all-time series ... friendly confines of McClimon Complex have given Badgers a 5-2-0 record over Hawkeyes in Madison … UW earned a 2-1 win at home last season.
- Oct. 12 at Northwestern (Lakeside Field – 1 p.m. CT)
Badgers hold all-time series lead at 15-5-1 ... UW earned its fourth-straight win over NU with a 3-0 win in last season’s home finale … NEB is 2-9-0 in Madison and hasn’t won at McClimon Complex since 2008.
- Oct. 18 at Minnesota (Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium – 1 p.m. CT)
UW holds a 6-3-0 all-time record in Minneapolis, but looking for first win since 2010 … UW fell just short in a 1-0 double overtime loss in Madison last season.
- Oct. 24 vs. Rutgers (McClimon Complex – 7 p.m. CT)
Inaugural season for Rutgers as Big Ten member … just the third meeting with Scarlet Knights and first since 1998 ... UW leads the all-time series 1-0-1 after claiming a 2-0 win in Piscataway, New Jersey, in ’98 … last meeting in Madison was during the ’92 season and ended in a 1-1 tie.
- Oct. 26 vs. Maryland (McClimon Complex – 1 p.m. CT)
Inaugural season for Maryland as Big Ten member ... first-ever meeting with the Terps.
- Oct. 31 at Illinois (Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium – 1 p.m. CT)
Badgers look to get back to winning ways in Champaign, Illinois, after falling in a contested 3-2 contest last season … UW 2-6-0 all-time at Illinois and trails all-time series 7-11-1.
- Nov. 5-9 Big Ten Tournament (TBD)
Top-seeded Nebraska won its first Big Ten Tournament title in school history defeating No. 7 Iowa in last season’s championship match … UW looking to snap a three-game losing streak at the Big Ten Tournament since 2009.
2014 Wisconsin women’s soccer schedule (All times central)
Aug. 14 at Marquette (7:30 p.m.)
Wisconsin Invitational Tournament
Aug. 22 Oregon (7 p.m.)
Aug. 24 Tennessee (2 p.m.)
Aug. 29 South Dakota State (5 p.m.)
Aug. 31 Northern Iowa (1 p.m.)
University of Washington Invitational Tournament
Sept. 5 Washington (7 p.m.)
Sept. 7 Portland (11:30 a.m.)
Sept. 12 at Michigan State (7 p.m.)
Sept. 14 at Michigan (1 p.m.)
Sept. 20 Nebraska (7 p.m.)
Sept. 26 at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Sept. 28 at Purdue (1 p.m.)
Oct. 3 Ohio State (7 p.m.)
Oct. 5 Penn State (12 p.m.)
Oct. 8 Iowa (7 p.m.)
Oct. 12 at Northwestern (1 p.m.)
Oct. 18 at Minnesota (1 p.m.)
Oct. 24 Rutgers (7 p.m.)
Oct. 26 Maryland (1 p.m.)
Oct. 31 at Illinois (1 p.m.)
Nov. 5-9 Big Ten Tournament (Purdue University)