WIAC honors ’Jacket keeperAugsburg hands UWS men first loss of season
University of Wisconsin-Superior goalkeeper Matt Elder has been named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s men’s soccer defensive athlete of the week.
Elder, a junior from New Hope, Minn., was also named the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 Advantage Emblem Cup, helping the Yellowjackets go 1-0-1 on the week.
“Matt worked extremely hard during the offseason and came into last weekend in a great place physically and mentally, and it showed with how he played,” UWS coach Joe Mooney said. “He was the best player on the field, and if this is any indication, he is looking to have a great year for us.”
In Friday’s 3-0 win over Concordia College, Elder made five saves in picking up his ninth career shutout. Then on Saturday, he again made five saves, some of them with a high degree of difficulty as the Yellowjackets tied Loras College 1-1. Loras entered the game ranked No. 2 in the country among NCAA Division III teams.
For the week, Elder had a goals against average of 0.46 and a save percentage of .909.
Augsburg 3, UWS 1
Augsburg College handed the Yellowjackets their first loss of the season, 3-1, Wednesday afternoon at Edor Nelson Field in Minneapolis.
UWS scored first on Brian Grand’s first goal of the season in the 14th minute. The Division I transfer from Drake University, was assisted by Alberto Rivero-Garcia.
Ben Henry scored twice and Grant Griffen scored once for the Auggies, who outshot the Yellowjackets 14-4 in the second half. UWS held a 6-4 shot advantage in the first half.
Elder finished with five saves for UWS, and Clayton Lunch stopped two shots for Augsburg.
The Yellowjackets (1-1-1) return to action this weekend with a pair of non-conference matches in Oshkosh. UWS plays Gustavus Adolphus at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Nebraska-Wesleyan at noon Sunday.