There were so many great moments in the world of Wisconsin sports this fall, and each sport had a particularly great moment that stands out from the rest. It is challenging to narrow the list down to five, but someone has to do it.

5 – Football blanks Minnesota 31-0 during final game of regular season

Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…

There is no better way to end a season than to crush your rivals on their home turf. That is exactly how the Wisconsin football team ended their 2017 regular season, destroying their rivals, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, in a spectacular fashion.

With another win added to their already impressive 11 wins this season, the Badgers would end their regular season undefeated. It was the cherry on top of a perfect season, and beating the Gophers is always a joyous occasion.

4 – Women’s soccer defeats No. 3 Virginia

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UW women’s soccer had quite the season this year, but nothing was sweeter than when they managed to defeat the No. 3 team in the nation Virginia.

While it was a tough game for the Badgers, it would be sophomore Dani Rhodes who would cement a win for Wisconsin. Rhodes would score a goal 68 minutes into the game, and Virginia would be unable to answer.

After storming the field to celebrate their victory, the Badgers would then go on to earn themselves a four-game winning streak, before eventually losing to Michigan. This was just the start of all of the great things that the UW team would do this season, and man was it a good start.

3 – Volleyball heads to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen 

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Wisconsin volleyball had an outstanding season in 2017, which was topped off by their fifth straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.

The Badgers had to defeat both Marquette and Iowa State to make it the second round of the tournament, which was a rather easy feat for Wisconsin. After sweeping both teams in only three sets, the No.11 Badgers would head to Palo Alto, California to take on No.3 Stanford.

Wisconsin volleyball has become quite the team since head coach Kelly Sheffield stepped onto campus five years ago. With impressive performances year after year, it is only going to be a matter of time before the Badgers find themselves in the NCAA title game.

2 – Football earns Big Ten-West regular season title

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The Wisconsin football team certainly had a remarkable season, remaining undefeated through weeks of intense play. A pinnacle moment of this season was when the Badgers clinched the Big Ten – West regular season title against Iowa.

The Badgers had faced so much adversity at this point of the season, with many people discrediting them for remaining undefeated into week 11, saying that the Badgers “weak” schedule was the reason for their success. After their win against Iowa, the Badgers showed that they deserved to be called the best team in the west, and punched their ticket to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game.

Honorable mentions:

  • Wisconsin women’s hockey remains undefeated for 18 games
  • Men’s hockey has a successful weekend on the East coast
  • Carranza and Dodridge make it to the ITA semifinals

1 – Wisconsin men’s soccer wins the Big Ten Championship for the first time in 23 years

Men’s soccer wins Big Ten title for first time in 23 years, advances to NCAA tournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team managed to move mountains this weekend as they won the Big Ten tournament Read…

Despite all of the other impressive things that happened in fall 2017, the best one was when the men’s soccer team managed to bring home a Big Ten Championship trophy back in November.

Although their season started off on the wrong foot, Wisconsin would manage to bounce back in a big way as the season progressed, earning themselves a spot in the Big Ten tournament. It would be a fight for the ages, as Wisconsin would manage to blank the No.1 seed Michigan during the first game of the tournament, earning a 4-0 victory.

The Badgers would then take the field against the Hoosiers, and a 110 minute long war would ensue on the pitch. Even though they added on an overtime period, the game’s victor would be decided by penalty kicks.

Thanks to Wisconsin goaltender Philipp Schilling, Wisconsin would manage to hold Indiana to only two shootout points. Schilling and the rest of his teammates would manage to score all four attempts, earning themselves the Big Ten title.

Fall 2017 has been an exciting season for Wisconsin sports fans, with so many memorable moments coming from such a short period of time. Fans eagerly await for more excitement during spring 2018, with so many more thrilling moments sure to appear.