Panthers Battle For Chancellor's Cup Before Finally Returning Home
Oct. 2, 2012
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team begins a big week, heading to Green Bay for the annual "Chancellor's Cup" showdown Wednesday before returning home for the first time in over a month when it hosts UIC Saturday.
The Panthers start things off this week with a road trip to play Green Bay at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Santaga Stadium. Then, on Saturday night, they will be back home to host the UIC Flames at Engelmann Stadium, set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
UWM is 24-14-3 all-time against the Phoenix, with a pair of double-overtime thrillers the past two meetings. In 2010, Green Bay earned the 2-1 win. Then, last year, the Panthers reclaimed the Chancellor's Cup with one of the most memorable goals in program history when Cody Banks scored with seven seconds left in the second overtime.
The Flames have certainly had the upper hand of late, but UWM still holds a slim 16-14-4 all-time lead despite the fact that the Panthers have not beaten UIC since 2002 (0-8-2 in that span).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
The team is 2-7-1 so far in 2012, with an 0-2 mark in league action after falling to Wright State (2-1 Sept. 29) and Detroit (2-1 Sept. 14). It is 1-6 the past seven games since last winning Aug. 31.
UIC: The Flames are 4-4-2 so far in 2012, including a 1-0-1 mark in Horizon League action after a 1-0 defeat of Valparaiso Sept. 29 and a 1-1 draw at Wright State Sept. 22. In between those games, they also knocked off No. 23 SIUE, 1-0, Sept. 26. UIC returned 13 letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-7-3, including seven players that saw significant time in the starting lineup. Head coach Sean Phillips and his staff also welcomed 11 newcomers to the mix. Ivan Stanisavljevic finished the 2011 campaign as the Horizon League leader in points (26), points per game (1.44), goals (10), goals per game (0.56) and assists (6), while ranking second in shots (48). For his efforts, Stanisavljevic was tabbed NSCAA All-Region. He is back on track in 2012 among the league leaders in points, goals and assists.
Live statistics of both matches will be available on the UWM website. Wednesday's game will be available via live video as well as Time Warner Sports 32 on a tape-delay basis. Saturday's affair with the Flames will be available live on the Horizon League Network.
THEY HAVE ALL OF `EM
EXTRA SOCCER LAST WEEK
After not playing past regulation in the first seven games, UWM has participated in back-to-back double-overtime matches. The most recent occurrence for that was just last season, playing 2-2 draws against Detroit and Wright State in October.
GET OFF THE BUS
ABOUT THOSE LOSSES
The three teams that UWM has lost to in regulation in 2012 (as of Oct. 1) are now a combined 24-1-4 overall and are each ranked in all of the national polls. Marquette is 10-0-0 and is No. 9 in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. Xavier is 7-0-2 and is No. 17 in the most recent poll. Lastly, Northwestern is 7-1-2 and is the No. 22 team in the country according to NSCAA.
RING THE BELL
Bell scored in three games in a row (Aug. 26-Sept. 2) and was looking to be the first UWM player to find the back of the net in four straight since Antou Jallow last accomplished the feat in November of 2004. The goal-scoring streak was snapped at Xavier Sept 9, but he did have an assist in back-to-back matches to record at least one point in five games in a row. The last UWM player to record a goal or assist in five straight games was Zeke Dombrowski in 2007.
Following its last outing, Milwaukee had two of the top 10 in the league in the category, with sophomore Laurie Bell leading the conference with 32 shots. In addition, freshman Aaron Horvat was tied for 10th with 22.
SCORING IN BUNCHES
For perspective, UWM scored 27 goals in 18 games in 2011 for an average of 1.5. It had 17 goals in 2011 and had just 12 over the course of the 2009 campaign. At this rate, Milwaukee will score its highest amount of goals in quite some time. The Panthers netted 17 goals in 2008, 16 in 2007 and 26 in 2006. The last time a Milwaukee squad averaged two goals per game or better was in 2004, when it tallied 44 goals in 22 games.
The Panthers have now already had eight different players score goals and 11 different players record points this season. Once again for comparison, as recently as 2009, those numbers were eight goal scorers and nine point scorers over the course of the entire season.
LEARNING ON THE FLY
THEY LIKE THE "S" IN GOALS
Head coach Kris Kelderman had one season opener under his belt at the collegiate level prior to last week. A year ago, his Green Bay squad topped SIU Edwardsville, 1-0.
If you are a fan of late goals, it can't come any later. Cody Banks scored the memorable game-winner against Green Bay last season with just seven seconds left in double-overtime, making it one of the latest goals to end a match (109:53) in recent memory. Since 2000, only a handful has even come close. UWM and Green Bay are familiar with the late heroics, with their game in 2010 decided in the 109th minute in the win by the Phoenix. Looking back, Milwaukee lost a 2-1 game to Michigan in October of 2005 in the 109th minute.
The other contenders? Vermont edged UWM, 2-1, with just 21 seconds left in double-OT in 2010 and Bowling Green defeated Milwaukee, 2-1, back in the 2001 season with just 15 seconds left in double-overtime as well.
In doing so, Rodriguez became the fourth freshman since 2000 to score in the season opener, joining Antou Jallow (2001), Adam Skalecki (2005) and Edison Crespo (2010) on that list. He also became just the second-ever freshman to score in the first two games of the season.
EXHIBITION SEASON REWIND
VIDEO COVERAGE EXTENDED
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
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS TABS BOYD
WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE
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
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
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.