Aug. 22, 2012
| Game 1 | Milwaukee (0-0) @ Marquette (0-0)
|| Friday, August 24 | 6:30 p.m.
|| Milwaukee, Wis. | Valley Fields
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| Game 2 | Northern Kentucky (0-0) @ Milwaukee (0-0)
|| Sunday, August 26 | 10 a.m.
|| Milwaukee, Wis. | Engelmann Stadium
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will embark on its 40th season of NCAA Division I men's soccer this week with two games, heading across town for the season opener against Marquette Friday before returning to Engelmann Stadium for the home opener on Sunday against Northern Kentucky. Friday is part of a doubleheader with the UWM and MU women's teams, with the men set for a 6:30 p.m. start. Sunday will be an early affair, with kickoff scheduled for 10 a.m.
UWM Game Notes
Milwaukee is now 18-16-5 all-time in season openers, including a 13-11-3 ledger in road openers after a 4-2 victory over Marquette in 2010. The Panthers had been a bit jinxed in their season opener the past few years, not having come out on top since the 2003 season in going 0-4-2 from 2004-09.
Head coach Kris Kelderman has one season opener under his belt at the collegiate level. A year ago, his Green Bay squad topped SIU Edwardsville, 1-0.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
MARQUETTE: Defending BIG EAST Conference Blue Division champion Marquette has its sights set its fourth-straight postseason bid in 2012 after earning BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship berths in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Louis Bennett is back for his seventh season as head coach of the Golden Eagles. He returns eight starting players for the third consecutive season, although MU will be a bit younger than in years past; Marquette's roster features 11 freshmen, including 10 newcomers, and just eight upperclassmen. It returns unanimous BIG EAST All-Rookie team selection C. Nortey. The Ghanaian striker, who also earned MU's Newcomer of the Year and Golden Boot awards in 2011, led the squad with nine goals and 20 points last season. The Golden Eagles went 1-0-2 in three 2012 exhibition games, including a 2-1 victory over Horizon League foe Loyola and a 0-0 draw against Wright State.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY: The Norse return 10 players from a squad that went 14-5-0 in 2011 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Division II level. Returners include Michael Bartlett and Mohammad Salhieh, the team's co-leaders in goals scored last season. Both were named all-conference, and Bartlett was named to the NSCAA and Daktronics All-Midwest region teams. They opened up their inaugural Division I schedule with an exhibition at home against Kentucky last Friday, earning a 2-2 draw in front of a record crowd.
THE BATTLE FOR THE MILWAUKEE CUP
Milwaukee and Marquette play for the "Milwaukee Cup", one of the longest-standing rivalries in all of college soccer. In fact, in the summer of 2011, the College Soccer News website published a list of what they called "The Fourteen Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer." Weighing in at No. 10 on their list was the Milwaukee Cup.
The Panthers certainly have the upper hand all-time, posting a 27-9-3 record in the series. They have also posted back-to-back wins the past two seasons, reclaiming the Cup in 2010 with a 4-2 victory and keeping possession in 2011 with a 2-1 final score.
THEY HAVE ALL OF `EM
Speaking of the "Milwaukee Cup", it is one of the three traveling trophies that the Panthers play for each and every season. In addition, Milwaukee takes on Green Bay for the "Chancellor's Cup" and also play Northern Illinois for the "LeWang Trophy". In 2011, UWM posted wins in all three games (2-1 over Marquette; 3-2 in double-overtime against Green Bay and 1-0 against NIU) to hold all three trophies for the first time since the start of the 2005 campaign.
EXHIBITION SEASON REWIND
Milwaukee played just one exhibition contest against outside competition, falling to DePaul, 1-0, Aug. 20. The Panthers outshot the Blue Demons and had plenty of scoring chances, but could not find the back of the net and a goal scored directly off a corner kick in the 59th minute proved the difference.
VIDEO COVERAGE EXTENDED
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will stream 29 home fall sporting events live through the end of October as part of the Horizon League Network. The 29 events during the first two-plus months of the school year mark just the beginning of an extensive streaming schedule for the Panthers through HLN.
Matt Menzl and Nate Lisko return as the two main voices of Panther athletics in the fall. Menzl will call the majority of soccer matches while Lisko will be the voice of Panther volleyball. In addition to the volume of home events, many of UWM's league road events are also available through the Horizon League Network via broadcasts from the host institution. Live streaming of home events is just one part of UWM's extensive online video presence. The Black and Gold Network - the You Tube channel for Panther athletics - will again provide a variety of features, previews, postgame interviews and highlights. Last school year, the Black and Gold Network produced over 300 video features with more than 50,000 page views. Those broadcasts are produced by the home school, with a full listing of those events available at horizonleague.com.
PANTHERS FOUND THE OFFENSE
Overall in 2011, the Panthers featured one of their highest-powered offenses in quite some time. Their 79 points led the Horizon League, with their 1.5 goals per game (27 total goals) second and 1.39 assists per game ranking at the top of the conference. For perspective, UWM scored 17 goals in 2010 and had just 12 total over the course of the 2009 campaign. The team also recorded 272 shots - a total that also placed second in the league.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS TABS BOYD
Junior Robbie Boyd earned some national recognition when the website "College Sports Madness" announced its Preseason All-Horizon League squads. Listed among the 22 members of the first and second team was Boyd, selected as a first-team honoree at forward.
WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE
There will be plenty of chances for newcomers to make an impression in 2012, as 16 players out of the 32 on the roster will be putting on a UWM uniform for the first time this season.
In addition to the players that have never put on a UWM uniform before, one addition will be welcomed back. Junior Andrew Wiedabach will return after a season away. Wiedabach has a resume that includes Horizon League All-Newcomer status as a freshman and then first-team all-league honors in 2010 when he led the team in points (13), goals (4), assists (5) and shots (58).
MORE WITH COACH KELDERMAN
Look for a weekly audio podcast of the "Kris Kelderman Show", as we sit down weekly with Kris to revisit the week that was and talk about the upcoming schedule. The first episode was made available Aug. 21 and will follow with a new episode every Monday during the course of the 2012 campaign.
The show is available as a link off the main UWM website page or directly at www.uwmpanthers.cstv.com/genrel/podcasts.html.
UWM'S NEW HOME TURF
A new synthetic playing surface was installed at Engelmann, giving the Panthers a FIFA Two-Star Field, with the new Polytan playing surface the first of its kind in North America.
Engelmann Stadium has been the home of Panther soccer since the 1970's, and soccer supporters have been stepping forward to help with improvements to what is considered one of the best college soccer environments in the country.
The 38th Panther Invitational is next and will be played August 31 & September 2, with Eastern Illinois, Canisius and IUPUI making up the field.