LONDON — Geneviève Richard has just exited the water on a beach in France, and the wind is gusting audibly over the phone. She’s slightly out of breath, but happy, even though her team, Olympique de Marseille Féminin, lost its match just a day before. Even with her club toiling in last place of France’s top female soccer division, Richard has plenty to smile about these days: A professional career seemed out of reach not long ago. “I was doing all of my prerequisites for [a] pharmacy [degree], and I didn’t think about [soccer],” she said. But while Richard, a Quebec native, expected to depart Wisconsin with a degree, she may not have expected it would lead to and prepare her for a professional soccer career.
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.
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.
Along with free tickets and pizza thanks to the Wisconsin Men’s Soccer’s “Colony Night” event, students were given quite the show by the Badgers (1-1 Big Ten, 2-1-2 overall), as they put three early goals past the Northwestern Wildcats (0-2, 1-5) en route to a 3-1 victory. The Badgers struck first in the fourth minute.
From the opening kickoff of their matchup with Creighton (0-2), Wisconsin (2-1) looked absolutely dominant.