In 1941, Foster led the Badgers to their only NCAA Championship in history. With the help of tournament MOP John Kotz and All-American Gene Englund, the Badgers beat Washington State 39–34 in the final game of the NCAA Tournament. It was their first-ever invitation to the NCAA Tournament, after winning the Big Ten Championship in that year. Foster coached three All-Americans during his tenure – Gene Englund in 1941, John Kotz in 1942, and Don Rehfeldt in 1950. The Badgers won one more Big Ten championship in 1947 and attended their second NCAA Tournament. It would be their last postseason appearance of any sort for 42 years and their last NCAA appearance for 47 years.
The 1995 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament was the 36th organized men’s college soccer tournament by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the top college soccer team in the United States. The Wisconsin Badgers won their first national title by defeating the Duke Blue Devils in the championship game, 2–0. The semifinals, on December 8, 1995, and the final match, on December 10, 1995, were played in Richmond, Virginia at Richmond Stadium. All first, second and third-round matches were played at the home field of the higher-seeded team.
The Wisconsin Badgers are the athletic teams representing the University of Wisconsin–Madison (University of Wisconsin). They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sub-level), primarily competing in the Big Ten Conference for all sports since the 1896 – 1997 season.
College Sports Established
University of Wisconsin–Madison
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 – 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1896 – Present / Big 10 Conference
Badgers – In the late 1700’s, miners began to work in the mineral-rich earth of the state like Wisconsin. Some of these miners used the mines they had dug as a sort of “den,” so they were compared to the badger, and the nickname stuck around. The state of Wisconsin is known as “The Badger State.”
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