Wisconsin announced on Tuesday that its soccer match this weekend with Purdue has been canceled and the team’s activities remain indefinitely suspended due to the number of coronavirus positive cases in the show.
Initially, Badgers canceled the match against Nebraska on October 31, after the show had 12 positive tests, including starting midfielder Graham Mertz and head coach Paul Chryst. That number of positive cases then increased to 22, including 12 players and 10 employees.
Sports director Barry Alvarez initially announced the team would suspend football activities for seven days on October 28, but now says it will be indefinitely as the program addresses the outbreak and they will cancel. second match without rescheduling.
“I share the frustrations of our students-athletes and staff,”; Alvarez said. “We have seen an improvement in our test numbers, but not enough to help us confidently continue our normal activities and play our game on Saturday. We will continue. Check in regularly, take appropriate health-related precautions and look forward to getting our team back on the pitch as soon as possible. “
There have been five positive tests since October 31 and there are now a total of 27 active cases in the program, including 15 student-athletes and 12 staff members.
The program has said that Chryst could return on Thursday, and there is no change in that, according to a spokesperson.
Wisconsin will provide another update on the team’s status on Saturday.
With two matches canceled, Wisconsin is currently on the verge of being unable to compete for the Big Ten championship. To compete in the game, a team must play at least six games. If Wisconsin can play all the remaining games according to its schedule, it will play a total of six games this year.
If the average number of Big Ten games drops below six, teams must play less than two general games less than the average number of games played by all teams to be considered for the league championship. Champion will be determined in each division according to its win rate, unless there is an unbalanced schedule because games are canceled. If that’s the case, there are several scenarios going on.
If two or more teams have the same number of losses in the association, but different numbers of wins, the head-to-head result will be given priority over the odds of winning. If a match is abandoned between two teams with the same win rate, the results of the two tied teams will be compared based on the odds of winning in their division.
Information from ESPN’s Heather Dinich has been used in this report.