Trask hopes to build off draw at Indiana

first_imgWisconsin senior goalkeeper Ryan Vint won Big Ten co-defensive player of the week honors for his 11-save performance in UW’s 2OT draw at Indiana. The Badgers begin a homestand Wednesday vs. NIU.[/media-credit]After opening Big Tenconference play with a 1-1 double-overtime tie at the University of Indiana, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team faces two home games this week. UW, which hasn’t won since its season opener, finally found some success on the road over this last weekend. Wisconsin scored asurprising tie against Big Ten powerhouse Indiana at the end of a stretch ofthree road games. Over the course of that road trip, Wisconsin took an overtime loss to Creighton in Omaha, 1-0,then lost their next game to Marquette in Milwaukee 1-0 in regulationtime before meeting Indiana.“We went on the road toMarquette and didn’t show up, in all honesty,” head coach John Trask said. “We kind of bottomedout. Then we turned around and went to Indiana and came away with a positiveresult. It was an interesting week and one that hopefully we can continue tobuild on.” The Badgers’ first goalsince Sept. 12 at Florida Atlantic came from ChrisPrince. Prince, a freshman, scored his first collegiate goal against Indiana, off theassists of Kyle McCrudden and Nick Janus.“I think the guys, beingon TV, it really meant a lot to them,” Trask said. “They really showed up and played hard.”Wisconsin’s only win thisyear came early in September against UC-Santa Clara. Trask expressed hope that the tie against Indiana couldserve as a motivator for his young team. Wisconsin has 13 true freshmen and just five seniors.  “It was a result that weneeded, in all honesty, with the season so far,” Trask said. “The guys need tostay bought-in, and I think that this is something they’ll use [for]motivation.”Despite being optimisticabout the tie, Trask did feel that the Badgers could have accomplished more.“I think the last timeWisconsin went into Indiana and got a result was in 1992,” Trask said. “Whenyou look historically, to go in to play the tradition of excellence that isIndiana soccer and come away [with a tie], we felt in some ways we were a bitunfortunate. “Overtime, we thought we had some good looks at goal and outplayedthem deep into the game, which is very difficult to do against a high-rankedteam on the road.”Shared HistoriesThis was the first timeTodd Yeagley, now head coach at Indiana, faced his former team. Yeagley wasWisconsin’s head coach last season.Trask also has ties toIndiana, his alma mater, where he served as an assistant coach from1993-1999. However, Trask dismissed any extra difficulty in facing Indiana.“People asked me howwould it be for me, personally, to go back to Bloomington or Todd Yeagleycoaching against Wisconsin after leaving at the end of last season,” Trasksaid. “In all honesty, I think it was tougher on (UW assistant coach) Phil Presser, who helpedIndiana win championships, to go back there for his first time.”Presser served as anassistant coach at Indiana from 2006-09. He also played midfield at Indiana from 1999-2002. Presserand the Hoosiers went to three College Cups in his playing time there and wonthe National Championship in 2003 when he served as their undergraduateassistant coach.Goalies in CompetitionWisconsin’s goaltender inthe Indiana game, senior Ryan Vint, was awarded Monday with Big Ten DefensivePlayer of the Week honors for his performance Sunday. He notched a career-high11 saves and allowed just one goal in the effort. This improved upon hisprevious career-best performance, an eight-save outing during the overtime 1-0loss at Creighton.“Vint made a couple of[good] saves,” Trask said of the Indiana performance. “He actually was veryclose to getting a hand on the goal that they scored.”Despite Vint’s play, he isnot the every day starter, as Trask is cycling through goalies. Trask indicatedthat the starter from the Marquette game, freshman Max Jentsch, will be the thestarter Wednesday versus Northern Illinois.“We’re getting somecompetition in goal, which always makes [things] seem better,” Trask said.Jentsch made his firstcollegiate start at Marquette, where he made three saves on four shots ongoal. Tough Big Ten Season Coming Indiana was only theopening of what will be a very challenging Big Ten soccer season.“I’m looking forward toit,” Trask said. “I know week in and week out the Big Ten is very strong andI’m not going to sit up here and say I think we’re going to be working miraclesthis year. But I do think we’regoing to get our fair share of results.”Michigan, coming off of alate-goal, 2-1 win over No. 24 Penn State, heads to Madison Sunday. Followingthat, Wisconsin will face off in East Lansing on Oct. 17 against No. 11Michigan State. Wisconsin defeatedMichigan State 2-1 in two overtimes last season, but also lost 3-0 to Michigan.Wisconsin managed a 3-4-0 record against Big Ten opponents last season.“It’ll be up and down,”Trask said. “I think the guys are ready, mentally and emotionally, and we’llstart doing some things tactically different. Hopefully when Michigan gets herenext Sunday, we’ll put our best foot forward and perform for the people ofMadison and the University.”last_img

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