Even with the stands at McClimon Soccer Complex full as part of the annual “Pack the Mac” event, the Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten 0-1-0, overall 2-4-1) fell to the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers (1-0-0, 6-1-0) 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Hoosiers’ senior midfielder Cory Thomas came out of the gates swinging and sent a bullet to the back of the net from the top of the box to give Indiana a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game.
Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask knew there was a lot of work for his team this season. After replacing seven starters from last season’s Big Ten title winning team including all four senior strikers, the Badgers are off to a reasonable 2-3-1 start heading into their first Big Ten test against the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers (5-0-1). “It takes time to build a good soccer team,” Trask said.
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The Wisconsin Badgers (2-2-0) gutted through soggy conditions and a field change to earn a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders (1-3-0). While technically a home game, UW was forced to move the game 7.2 miles away to the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Pitch on Madison College’s campus because conditions at McClimon were too soaked to play.
The Wisconsin Badgers (1-2-0) let a good performance slip into a heartbreaking overtime loss to the No. 15 Fordham Rams (2-0-0) as the Rams’ junior forward Johannes Pieles scored a golden goal for a 1-0 win for Fordham. The German forward thumped a header into the back of the net after a brilliant free kick service by senior midfielder Janos Loebe found the danger zone of the Badgers’ box.
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Mike Catalano didn’t want to stop dancing. The senior midfielder scored a header in overtime to give the Wisconsin Badgers (4-3-1 Big Ten, 12-4-5 overall) a 1-0 win over the No. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-3-2 ACC, 11-7-2) and continue the Badgers’ run in their first NCAA Tournament since 2013. “"It's exciting for the guys to be moving onto the round of 16,” head coach John Trask said.
Wisconsin has been on a run of revenge, and Thursday night it was a dish best served cold. The Badgers (4-3-1 Big Ten, 11-4-5 overall) continued their five-game winning streak as it knocked off the UIC Flames (6-2-1 Horizon, 11-6-3) with a 4-1 win on a frozen night in McClimon Park to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All of the teams who Wisconsin beat in the postseason had previously handed UW a defeat.
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Philipp Schilling and the Wisconsin Badgers seem to love penalty shootouts. The senior goalkeeper saved a penalty and scored his own, then senior forward Mark Segbers cooly slotted home his penalty to give the Badgers (4-3-1, Big Ten, 10-4-5 overall) their first Big Ten title since 1995 with the 4-2 win in the shootout over the Indiana Hoosiers (5-0-3, 15-0-5). “Philip and the guys came through in a pressure situation – hats off to them,” head coach John Trask said.
The Wisconsin Badgers were down a goal after 30 minutes to a team they had never beaten in their most important game of the season.
In one of their last practices before the Wisconsin Badgers men’s soccer team (4-3-1 Big Ten, 8-4-4 overall) travels to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins (5-1-2, 10-4-3) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, it seemed fitting that it was cold and pouring rain. Last time the Terps and Badgers faced off, the Terps won a sloppy 5-4 thriller in Madison to give the Badgers their only home loss of the season.
The downpour in Madison Friday night didn’t just cause rampant puddles across campus, it also created a flood of goals.
Wisconsin Badgers men’s soccer (3-1-1 Big Ten, 7-2-3 overall) may have kept its 20-game home-unbeaten streak in tact Saturday night, but it didn’t do enough to beat the Michigan State Spartans (3-0-2, 9-1-2), and instead settled with a sloppy 1-1 overtime draw. The Badgers struck first with a goal by senior forward Chris Mueller.
Another game, another three goals for the Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 7-2-2 overall), as they blanked in-state rivals Marquette (1-2 Big East, 1-7-1) to extend their home-unbeaten streak to 19 games for a 3-0 victory.
After ending its road woes with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-4 Big Ten, 2-8-1 overall) on Sunday, the Wisconsin Badgers (3-1, 6-2-2) return to its home fortress to try and continue its 19-game home unbeaten streak against in-state rivals Marquette Golden Eagles (1-2 Big East, 1-7-1) this Wednesday.
It was better late than never for the Wisconsin Badgers (2-1 Big Ten, 5-2-2 overall) men’s soccer team Tuesday night, as Chris Mueller’s free kick ping-ponged through a sea of bodies in the 18-yard box and wound up in the back of the net to give the Badgers a 2-1 comeback win in double overtime against Horizon League opponent Wright State (2-1, 5-4-1).
The Wisconsin Badgers men’s soccer team (1-1 Big Ten, 3-2-2 overall) couldn’t quite beat the Duke Blue Devils (1-1 ACC, 5-1-1) in a roller coaster of a game that featured seven goals and two red cards that finished 4-3. The Badgers had great success in the early stages, and made good use of their early possession to get the first two goals.
There’s no place like home for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s soccer team (1-1 Big 10, 3-1-2 overall). Riding a 12-game home winning streak came into Saturday night looking to notch another home victory.