No. 2 Indiana will play its second-to-last Big Ten game of the season against Wisconsin Saturday at McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. at 8 p.m.
Last season, IU held a 3-1 lead in the 68th minute before giving up three goals in a 12-minute span to fall to Wisconsin 4-3.
Fortune has not been as kind to the Badgers (3-10-2, 0-6 Big Ten) this season, though, as they are winless in the Big Ten. Their last win came Oct. 22 against Milwaukee.
To add to the misfortune, six of Wisconsin’s 10 losses have been one-goal defeats.
Indiana (11-2-3, 3-2-1 Big Ten) enters Saturday’s match having won three straight, most recently with a 2-0 win over Evansville.
The team which IU defeated for its second straight victory in that streak, Michigan, had keepers who split time in goal. This is also the case for Wisconsin, as redshirt sophomore Casey Beyers and freshman Adrian Remeniuk have split time in goal with Beyers 1-4-1 with one shutout and a 1.58 goals against average, and Remeniuk 2-6-1 with two shutouts and a 1.59 goals against average.
Its matchup against Wisconsin is favorable offensively in other ways as well. Opponents are out-scoring the Badgers 25-16 this season and out-shooting them 202-143.
To earn the three points, the Hoosiers will have to keep an eye on freshman forwards Mark Segbers and Tom Barlow. Both players are tied for the team lead in goals with four each.
While the Badgers are struggling to score, the same cannot be said of the Hoosiers, who have found their offensive stride. Of their 26 goals this season, 22 have been scored in the last 10 games. Junior forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen leads the team with five, followed by sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson and freshman defender Grant Lillard who have four each.
Part of the offensive success can be attributed to the number of shot attempts IU has been able to get. In the last seven games, the Hoosiers have 155 shots with 75 of them on frame.
Currently tied for fourth with Maryland in the Big Ten standings, a win at Wisconsin would give IU three points and put them at 13 total. However, the Hoosiers would also need to win their other game – the regular season finale at Michigan State – to further improve their chances at winning the Big Ten regular season title.
IU would also need help from other teams to make that possible.