Nov. 5, 2012
| Game 18 | Milwaukee (8-7-2, 2-3-2) @ Valparaiso (5-8-5, 2-2-3)
|| Tuesday, November 6 | 7:30 p.m.
|| Valparaiso, Ind. | Brown Field
| Live Stats
|| Watch Live on HLN|
After securing a spot in the Horizon League Tournament with a victory last week, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team will find itself playing a familiar opponent when the postseason begins. For the second time in 72 hours, the Panthers will take on Valparaiso University in the first round of the tournament, this time traveling to Indiana for a 7:30 p.m. start Tuesday evening.
The Last Meeting
November 3, 2012
Panthers Punch Ticket To Horizon League Tournament
Sophomore Laurie Bell scored the game-winner and added an assist as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team claimed a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso University Saturday night at Engelmann Stadium.
UWM Game Notes
The match is one of the two first-round games, with the other featuring sixth-seeded Loyola playing at third-seeded UIC. UWM earned the fifth seed after going 2-3-2 in conference play.
The all-time series is now tied, 3-3-2, after Milwaukee's 2-1 win last week. Valpo have had the upper hand of late with three wins in the past five meetings. Last season, UWM dropped a 2-0 decision. Its 2-1 win in OT in 2010 (on a goal by current junior Robbie Boyd) had been the only other win in the series for Milwaukee besides the initial contest in 1993.
Live statistics of the match will be available on the UWM website and video can also be seen live on the Horizon League Network.
Milwaukee had just one game, but did what it needed to do, defeating Valparaiso by a final score of 2-1 to earn the fifth seed in the Horizon League Tournament. Sophomore Laurie Bell assisted the first goal - a header by sophomore Kyle Neumann - and then added a beautiful header of his own that put UWM up 2-0 in the second half. Only a late Valpo PK kept it from being a shutout.
RING THE BELL
Sophomore Laurie Bell continues to be among the Horizon League leaders in points (second with 21), goals (tied for third with eight) and assists (tied for the league lead with five) following UWM's last outing. In fact, Bell was honored by the Horizon League office Oct. 8 with his second league "Player of the Week" award in 2012.
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.
The Panthers honored their 2012 seniors with a pregame ceremony prior to the start of the match against Valpo Nov. 3. Congratulations and best wishes to John Shakon, Cody Banks and Jamie Bladen.
With a goal and assist against Valparaiso Nov. 3, sophomore Laurie Bell pushed his season totals to eight goals, five assists and 21 points. That marked the first UWM player to record 20-plus points since Neil Dombrowski had 23 in 2005. Bell's eight goals are also the most since the same season when Dombrowski had nine.
The Panthers were receiving votes in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll for three weeks in a row, culminating with an appearance at No. 10 the week of Sept. 18. That marked the first time in the regional poll since being ranked third in the November 15, 2005 poll. The team was once again ranked No. 10 in the October 16 entry.
For the first time since taking the field as a program in 1973, Milwaukee played four consecutive games that went beyond regulation (Bowling Green, Loyola, Green Bay. UIC). The team had played three-straight OT contests a few times, but the four in a row was indeed a first.
The 34 shots that the Panthers recorded at Green Bay Oct. 3 were easily a season-high. In fact, it's just the second time since 2005 that UWM has had 30 or more in a game. The last time a UWM squad recorded more than 34 shots in a game was in October of 2000. That season, UWM put up 39 shots in a 1-1 draw against, you guessed it, the Phoenix.
THEY HAD ALL OF `EM
Speaking of Green Bay and the "Chancellor's Cup", it is one of the three traveling trophies that the Panthers play for each and every season. In addition, Milwaukee takes on Marquette for the "Milwaukee Cup" and also plays 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.
GET OFF THE BUS
The Panthers returned home to host UIC Oct. 6, marking over a full month in between home games for the team after last playing at Engelmann Stadium Sept. 2. The team is 4-0 in Milwaukee so far in 2012 and had not had such an extended run of road matches (six) since six straight in 2004 (from September 13 to October 13).
OFF TO AN IMPRESSIVE START
In the 2-0 win over Wisconsin Oct. 10, Connor Revsbeck became the first freshman goalkeeper to record a shutout in his first collegiate UWM start since Eric Mickschl did so in 2003, a five-save outing in a 1-0 win over New Mexico Aug. 31, 2003.
He one-upped that performance by recording back-to-back clean sheets in his second start against Omaha Oct. 16. That marked the first time that had been done by a freshman goalkeeper since Chris Dadian blanked St. Mary's (1-0), TCU (1-0) and Western Michigan (3-0) in the first three contests at the start of the 1999 campaign.
The game-winning goal for senior Jamie Bladen against Wisconsin Oct. 10 was his second-straight, marking the first time since 2004 that the same player has been responsible for the game-winner in back-to-back matches. That season, Dan Horst had the winner against UNC Wilmington Sept. 19 and Detroit Sept. 25.
The Panthers have now recorded 287 shots through 17 games this season and lead the Horizon League in shots per game at 16.9. Valparaiso is now second at 14.7.
Following its last outing, Milwaukee had two of the top 10 in the league in the category, with sophomore Laurie Bell tops in the conference with 58 shots. In addition, freshman Aaron Horvat was in fourth place at 44.
The Panthers have had 11 different players score goals and 16 different players record points this season. For comparison, as recently as 2009, those numbers were eight goal scorers and nine point scorers over the course of the entire season.
Also 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.
LEARNING ON THE FLY
It may take more than a quick glance at the season statistics to notice, but the Panthers have been playing a very young squad so far in 2012. In fact, freshmen have accounted for 57 starts overall this season. UWM has started as many as five freshmen in a game (Oct. 10 at Wisconsin), with Declan Rodriguez starting 15 games each so far.
THEY LIKE THE "S" IN GOALS
The multi-goal efforts from the Panthers so far in 2012 cannot be overlooked, as they had a streak of four-straight games with at least two goals snapped at Xavier Sept. 9 when they only netted one. UWM has had some high-powered offenses over the years, but the last time Milwaukee scored two goals (or more) in four straight games was the end of the 2004 campaign when it beat Cleveland State (4-0), Wright State (3-0), Detroit (3-0) and #20 San Francisco in the NCAA Tournament (3-2).
For the second time this season, Milwaukee played in a game where the winning goal was scored as the horn sounded to end regulation, with freshman Pol Narbona thrilling a packed Engelmann Stadium with his goal against IUPUI Aug. 31. His winning goal went into the books at the 89:59 mark, quickly making happier memories of the buzzer-beater after UWM suffered the same fate at Marquette in the season opener.
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.
Freshman Declan Rodriguez did not take long to make an impression as a Panther. Inserted into the lineup at halftime of the game against Marquette Aug. 24, he tallied the first goal of his career just 25 minutes later to give UWM a 2-1 lead at the time. Then, against Northern Kentucky Aug. 26, his header off a corner kick tied the game, 1-1, before Milwaukee would go on to prevail.
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
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.
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.
If the team advances in the Horizon League Tournament, they will play at Detroit against either UDM or Cleveland State Friday. A loss against the Crusaders and the season will be over.