first_imgOff to its best start since 2004, Wisconsin (4-1) heads east this weekend, traveling to Boston, Mass. to face Harvard (1-2) and Boston University (2-3).The Badgers currently own a four-game winning streak after defeating Cal Poly and Vermont last weekend to win the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. As they look to extend their streak, they also will vie for their first true road win of the season.“Any team playing at home in front of their home crowd is going to be tougher to beat,” senior goalkeeper Jamie Klages said. “They’re going to be looking to defend their home turf, so we need to be ready for a tough battle if we want to win.”Despite the records of their upcoming opponents, the Badgers are being careful not to get too confident. They know they need to remain focused on their upcoming matches if they want to maintain their success.“Our mentality going into this weekend is important,” senior forward Taylor Walsh said. “I think we need to just look at this weekend and take each game just one at a time and not think about the past.”For UW head coach Paula Wilkins, the BU Terriers’ last game shows her just how tough they are to beat.“Boston is coming off a great win against Connecticut, which is a continually well-known soccer program,” Wilkins said. “We need to make sure that we don’t get comfortable with what we are doing and we keep looking ahead. I think just staying focused in the moment and the game is going to be a big thing for this weekend.”In the victory, the Terriers shut out the 19th-ranked Huskies en route to a 1-0 win on the road. Freshman Jessica Luscinski netted the game-winning goal for BU in the first half, recording her first collegiate goal.Wisconsin hopes a strong showing in Boston this weekend will help build on its current momentum when the team returns home next week to host Pepperdine and Nevada.Even with the success the Badgers have had over the last two weeks, Klages feels that with this team, they could still use even more of a confidence boost.“We just have to keep building,” Klages said. “We can’t relax because we won a few games; we have to keep focused on the game in front of us and just carry the confidence that we’ve gotten from scoring so many goals and from winning games.”The fact that Wisconsin won the Hoosier Classic last weekend should give the Badgers the confidence they need going into the games against Harvard and Boston University.“It was great for them to actually win something; they won a tournament,” Wilkins said. “So talking about winning something and being in control of your destiny, I think that was important for us as a group this week.”Wilkins added the Badgers’ preparation for this weekend also was aided by the ability to look back at film of their victories in the tournament and see what they did so well.“They’ve been able to see a little of what they can do when they do things right,” Wilkins said. “We want to continue on that pathway and give them new ideas and point out little things they can do better to make them even better than they have been playing so far.”In the end, Wisconsin knows it all comes back to the basics. Regardless of the outcome of their games, the Badgers’ mentality always shows proper execution and determination will lead to their improvement and greater success.“We just need to keep working hard and fix the little things that we need to fix,” Walsh said. “I think our team has the potential to be really successful. If we keep on the path that we’re on, we can accomplish a lot this year.”last_img read more