Trask hopes to Pac the Mac, continue unbeaten streak

first_imgFreshman defenseman David Caban scored the game-winning goal against Loyola Marymount Sunday, boosting Wisconsin’s record to 4-3-1 on the season.[/media-credit]After winning 2-1 on Sunday against Loyola Marymount, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to three games, bringing its overall record to 4-3-1.The other teams they have played during their current unbeaten run include a victory over Drake University and a tie with SIU Edwardsville the previous week, with scores of 3-1 and 1-1, respectively.Hoping to continue that winning streak this weekend and get more fans to come to the games, the team hopes to piggyback off of what is expected to be a big crowd for the football game between Wisconsin and Nebraska Saturday with their annual “Pac the Mac” doubleheader Sunday at the McClimon Complex.“I am hoping we can catch a little bit of fire ourselves and maybe grab a few Nebraska and Wisconsin fans and get them out on Sunday,” head coach John Trask said.Pac the Mac will consist of both the men’s match against Indiana and the women’s match against Ohio State. Wisconsin students who show their student ID will receive free admission to the games.Trask emphasized the relatively quick growth of maturity and leadership in the team over the last few weeks as playing a large role in his team’s current run.“We’re maturing,” Trask said at his weekly Monday press conference. “A lot of guys have great experience. We brought in the No. 18-ranked recruiting class this year, and a couple of these freshmen are outstanding and junior college transfers that we brought in. … We’re just better, we possess the ball better, we’re stronger in the most critical moments in the game.”Trask has turned to many of his young, new players this year to play important roles, especially true freshmen AJ Cochran and David Caban.“AJ Cochran, our center back out of St. Louis, was player of the year in Missouri and is a gifted national team member, he is just incredible because of his abilities,” Trask said. “He is big, he is strong, he is aggressive, he has been a great addition in this team. David Caban, who was player of the year in Wisconsin, as they say, he’s got a lot of soccer in him. He’s a heady player who just makes us a better team.”As the team begins to find its stride and gain confidence, Trask said he also believes the team will begin to become much more of an offensive threat.“We are able to attack, and I think the fans that are coming out to watch us play are realizing we’ve got some pretty gifted attackers,” Trask said. “We’re not having to play defense and hope something comes good for us over the course of ninety minutes. We’re making things happen, I mean, [Sunday] we saw some great interplay, the guys are starting to learn each other and move for each other. There are some real qualities that hopefully the fans will come out and take a look at.”Later this week, the Badgers will face interstate rival Marquette on Wednesday and then open the Big Ten season against No. 7 Indiana on Sunday. The Hoosers begin a tough stretch for the Badgers which also includes No. 3 Creighton, as well as Michigan and Michigan State, who both began the season ranked in the top 25.“Anytime you play Indiana, it’s a storied program there, they’re going to be very good,” Trask said. “Soccer, in our conference, last year it was No. 1-rated. This year, if it’s not the best, it is in the top two or three in the nation. You see Michigan or Michigan State and they may be a little bit down [this year], but they are still really talented. There is just a wealth of talent in this part of the country and every game is tough.”last_img

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