Men’s Soccer Face Badgers in NCAA tournament Thursday

The UWM men’s soccer team hopes to reproduce their hiroizon league chamipionship jubiliation at the end of their NCAA tournament match with the UW-Madison Badgers.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s soccer team will play the University of Wisconsin Thursday in Madison, Wis., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The team  will be facing a familiar opponent: The Panthers (15-2-2) and Badgers (13-4-2) played to a 1-1 draw back on October 23.

Game time is 7 p.m. Thursday at Shea McClimon Soccer Complex.

Freshman goalkeeper Liam Anderson and the Panther defense have kept 10 clean sheets this season, including both post-season matches.

Advanced tickets are on sale until Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at UWBadgers.com, over the phone by calling 1.800.GO.BADGERS or 608.262.1440, or in person at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office, between the business hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Ticket prices are $8 for adult, $4 youth/student/senior with no re-entry allowed. Children under the age of 2 do not require a ticket. The match will also be available via a live stream.

“It’s interesting, we kind of figured we’d get matched up with somebody in our local region,” UWM head coach Kris Kelderman said. “It’s an exciting opportunity. We are playing against a team that we feel very good about, confident that we can compete with these guys and get a result. At the same time, they are a very good team. That showed in our last game and they are a team that we highly respect and we need to be prepared and be able to come with our best game and get a result.”

Milwaukee is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 and ninth in the history of the program (1979, 1980, 1990, 2001-05). The Panthers claimed an automatic bid courtesy of their 2-0 victory over No. 23 UIC in the Horizon League Tournament Championship Sunday.

“It’s exciting that we get to play a national tournament game in our home state,” Kelderman said. “We can get some fans there and I am sure it will be a very exciting environment.”

Milwaukee enters on a hot streak, unbeaten in its past six games (5-0-1) and winners of five in a row – including the past four by shutout in which they have outscored the opponent by a combined total of 12-1. The offense has been fun to watch all season and currently ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring average at 2.05 goals per game as well as 12th in total goals and assists and 13th in total points. Junior Laurie Bell, the Horizon League Player of the Year, has played a key role in that. His 13 goals rank seventh in the country and his 30 points is 10th.

Gates will open up 1 hour prior to the start of the game. Tickets Sales and the entrance for spectators is located on the North End of the complex, near Lot 60. The Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex is located at 702 Walnut Street, Madison, WI 53706.

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