The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and never looked back as it defeated Bethany Lutheran College 5-0 Tuesday evening in Mankato.
Brain Grand scored two of the Yellowjackets’ five goals, while goalkeepers Zach Harwerth and Matt Elder combined to shutout the Vikings with a save apiece.
Ben Kasper scored Superior’s first goal when he found the back of the net in the eighth minute. Grand scored just two minutes later off a corner kick and then tallied again in the 22nd minute to make the score 3-0.
Trevor LaRoche-Theune scored late in the first half and Gio Rodriguez finished the scoring in the 72nd minute as the Yellowjackets (8-5-2) outshot Bethany Lutheran 31-6.
Noah Heidorn stopped five shots for the Vikings (8-5).
On Sunday, Mackenzie Lund’s goal in the 75th minute proved to be the only score of the game as St. Olaf defeated the UWS men 1-0 in a nonconference game at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
St. Olaf (10-2-1) held a narrow 14-13 edge in shots over the Yellowjackets. Elder had three saves in goal for UWS; Ben Braman stopped five shots for St. Olaf.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Yellowjackets (8-5-2) who play at UW-Whitewater at 2 p.m. Saturday and then at St. Scholastica at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Yellowjackets swept Finlandia 25-9, 25-12, 25-18 Tuesday night in Hancock, Mich.
Alissa Autio led the Yellowjackets with 11 kills and two aces, while Jesica Dvergsten had a team-high nine kills, Tynen had seven kills and eight aces, and Vonasek had six kills for the ’Jackets, who had 39 in the match.
UWS (12-5) was also aided by 32 assists and seven kills from Keely Deadrick, while Finlandia (3-13) was paced by six kills from Emma Cole.
UWS had 45 digs in the match, led by Lauren Peterson’s 17 digs.
The UWS women also went 2-2 over the weekend at the Carleton College Triangular in Northfield, Minn.
UWS bounced back from a sweep against Carleton College, 26-24, 25-23, 25-9, Saturday to down Buena Vista and salvage a 1-1 split.
Autio led the Yellowjackets (17-9) with 22 kills in the two matches.
On Friday, Kitty Tynen and Jessica Zimmerman each had 11 kills in a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Moravian College and 17 kills each in a 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17 loss to Bethel.
Against Moravian, Tynen made timely kills to break ties late in each of the first two sets against the Greyhounds. She also added 16 digs to the effort, while Keely Deadrick had 25 assists and three aces for the Yellowjackets.
In the second match, UWS edged Bethel in the first set on the strength of seven kills from Zimmerman, but the Yellowjackets were unable to maintain the momentum and dropped three straight sets to end the match.
UWS picked up another 34 assists and 11 digs from Deadrick against Bethel. Moravian (10-12) was led by Taylor Kornmann who had 10 kills. Carlee Hoppe led Bethel (10-13) with 18 kills and 13 digs.
The Yellowjackets (16-10, 1-5) re-enter the WIAC next weekend with their final two conference matches of the season. They will be at UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 and at UW-Whitewater at noon on Oct. 26.
The UWS women were blanked by UW-Stevens Point 4-0 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match Saturday in Stevens Point.
The Yellowjackets only allowed one goal in the first half, despite being outshot 19-1, but then gave up three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Pointers outshot the Yellowjackets 39-1.
Goalkeeper Alexandra Paige stopped 19 shots for UWS (3-11-1 overall, 0-5-0 WIAC), while Kristen Churkey made one save for Point (4-7-2, 2-3).
UWS plays at UW-Whitewater at 2 p.m. Saturday and Alverno (Milwaukee) at 1 p.m. Sunday.