A strong finish to an otherwise disappointing 2012 season is giving Wisconsin's men's soccer team reason for optimism this offseason. With the release of an enticing 2013 schedule on Tuesday, Badgers fans also now have reason for excitement.
Wisconsin's 2013 slate will feature nine home games -- eight in primetime -- and eight matches against teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA tournament. Four of those games will come at home, including the defending national champion Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 11. Wisconsin defeated Indiana in its last match-up, a 2-0 victory at the McClimon Complex on Oct. 2, 2011.
Exhibition play begins at Aug. 19 with a trip to Chicago to play the University of Illinois at Chicago at Flames Field.
|2013 WISCONSIN MEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE|
|DATE||TIME (All times central)||OPPONENT|
|Aug. 19||7 p.m.||at UIC - EXHIBITION|
|AUG. 24||5 P.M.||GREEN BAY - EXHIBITION|
|Aug. 31||7 p.m.||at UMKC|
|SEPT. 6||7:30 P.M.||WESTERN MICHIGAN|
|SEPT. 8||2:30 P.M.||DEPAUL|
|Sept. 12||TBA||at South Florida|
|Sept. 14||TBA||at Florida Gulf-Coast|
|Sept. 29||TBA||at Penn State*|
|OCT. 8||7 P.M.||DRAKE|
|OCT. 11||7 P.M.||INDIANA*|
|OCT. 15||7 P.M.||WESTERN ILLINOIS|
|Oct. 20||Noon||at Michigan*|
|Oct. 23||8 p.m.||at Milwaukee|
|OCT. 27||1 P.M.||MICHIGAN STATE*|
|OCT. 30||7 P.M.||EASTERN ILLINOIS|
|Nov. 3||1 p.m.||at Northwestern*|
|NOV. 8||7 P.M.||OHIO STATE*|
|Nov. 13-17||TBA||Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio)|
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
* Big Ten Game
Wisconsin finished last season 6-8-5 on the strength of a 3-2-2 finish over its last seven games. Even better, the Badgers posted their best home record since 2009 at 4-3-2. Admittedly, the McClimon Complex has a fairly small footprint on campus, but attending non-revenue sports at UW is a fantastic way to boost your connection to the university.
Of course, this is coming from a sports blog that happens to devote itself to Wisconsin, but as objectively as possible: getting some glimpses at the non-rev sports is a blast, and doing so is one of the best parts of college athletics. Whether it's the soccer programs, women's hockey, softball, track and field ... the list could go on, and that's a testament to the program UW's built.
We recognize we don't always give these non-revenue sports their due, either. It's something we're working to improve, especially because if you consider Wisconsin's greater athletic profile as a whole, the breadth of its programs is surely its greatest strength. If you ever want to discuss UW's lesser known programs -- even extending beyond the varsity level -- please consider B5Q your place to do it. We'll make sure the coverage falls in line.