1. WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Although the scoreboard didn’t reflect it, the Badgers put up an impressive fight against the No. 2 ranked Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon at McClimon Complex. Wisconsin ultimately fell 3-1 in the contest, but looked like a completely different team in the second half and played Indiana even 1-1 in the second frame.
2. SCOUTING THE TERPS: Maryland has always been known for being a perennial powerhouse on the pitch. However, one could argue that since Maryland’s 5-4 win over the Badgers at the McClimon a season ago, they haven’t quite been the same Terrapin team. Maryland went on to lose five-straight games, the fifth being Wisconsin’s 2-1 Big Ten tournament win. While the Terps qualified for the NCAA tournament, they lost in the first round to Albany in penalty kicks. Maryland is out to a 2-2-2 start in the new season, tallying notable wins over West Virginia and fellow Big Ten foe Northwestern a week ago, 2-1.
3. YIELD TO YIM: Sophomore defender Patrick Yim played a stellar game against Indiana. He defended a ferocious Hoosier attack that has earned Indiana the No. 2 ranking in the nation. However, his impact was not only felt defensively, but also on the attacking end when Yim tallied his first career goal in the Cardinal and White near the 70th minute of play to bring the Badgers within one goal of the Hoosiers.
4. THE BIG, BAD, BIG TEN: There’s no doubt that the Big Ten stands among the most talented in all of college soccer. The Badgers road to the dance is filled with perils all along the way. This season, the conference holds the No. 2 ranked Indiana Hoosiers, No. 4 Michigan State and a Michigan team receiving votes. Last season, the final RPI rankings boasted six Big Ten teams in the top-50, including Wisconsin positioned at No. 18.
5. NEED TO KNOW: Follow along with Friday’s match on Twitter (@BadgerMSoccer) and catch all things Badger soccer on UWBadgers.com