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Coombs honored; volleyball team splits

UW-Superior freshman Erin Gotelaere (23), from Lake Nebagamon, lays out to dig a ball during the Yellowjackets’ game with Finlandia Monday afternoon. (Jed Carlson/

Superior Telegram

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Shelby Coombs, a junior midfielder on the women’s soccer team, was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Athlete of the Week. 

Coombs is the second women’s soccer player to be honored by the WIAC this season, joining Bailey Henderson, who garnered the Defensive Athlete of the Week award earlier in the season.

In two matches last week Coombs was the offensive catalyst for the Yellowjackets. On Oct. 14 at Northland College, Coombs scored a goal and added an assist in a 2-2 tie with the Lumberjills. She also had nine shots and three shots on goal in the contest. Later in the week Coombs was held scoreless in a home loss to UW-Stevens Point.

“Shelby is such an impact player for us, she controls so much of the play through her play at midfield,” UWS coach Morgan MacLean said. “A lot of our offense as well as our defense goes through Shelby, and last week was a great example of that.

“And she has to be one of the toughest players we have on our roster. To be playing as well as she has of late with a broken hand and a cast is remarkable.”

Last week’s points were the first of the year for Coombs, whose three points are tied for third on the year. She also ranks second on the team in shots attempted (24) and shots on goal (10). She has taken 18-of-23 corner kicks for the Yellowjackets.

The Yellowjackets (3-10-2, 0-5 WIAC) return to action Saturday when they host their final home game of the season at the Yellowjacket Soccer Complex. The game against UW-Whitewater begins at noon.

UWS  goes 1-1 at home

After making quick work of Finlandia in a 25-12, 25-9, 25-15 afternoon match that lasted less than an hour, the Yellowjacket volleyball team suffered the same fate Monday night against Carleton, which swept the Yellowjackets in Superior to finish the triangular 2-0.

Keely Deadrick had 25 assists and Elizabeth Koza totaled seven kills to lead the Yellowjackets past the Lions (9-24) in Monday’s first match. In the nightcap for UWS, Carleton’s Lucy Stevens registered 21 kills in a 25-15, 25-23, 25-11 sweep for the Knights (17-6). Carleton also beat Finlandia in three.

Winning their opener marked the fourth consecutive victory for the Yellowjackets (12-20), who were coming off a tournament title at their own Stinger Classic over the weekend.

UWS is at UW-River Falls at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Saints edge ’Jackets

The UWS men’s soccer team suffered its fifth one-goal loss of the season with a 4-3 defeat to St. Scholastica Tuesday night at Duluth East’s Ordean Stadium.

Andrew Jenkins scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 79th minute, as the Saints improved to 14-2 on the season and improved to 9-4-3 all-time against the Yellowjackets.

UWS (9-6-1) wraps up play at home by hosting Macalester Saturday.

Sean Morgan and Kyle Farrar also scored for the Saints (14-2), while Brian Grand, Gio Rodriguez and Dan Baker tallied in an 8-minute span of the second half for the Yellowjackets.

Matt Elder made six saves for UWS.

After falling behind 3-1 just past the midway point of the second half, UWS scored two unanswered goals in a span of four minutes to tie the game at 3-3.

Morgan, who scored the game’s first goal in the 18th minutes, assisted on Jenkin’s game-winner. Morgan leads the UMAC with 23 assists.

CSS took a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute on Jenkins’ 22nd goal of the year.

UWS cut the lead in half in the 63rd minute on Brian Grand’s fifth goal of the year with an assist from Reyman Solis.

Just three minutes later the Saints answered back with Kyle Farrar heading an  Jenkins cross past Elder. Jonny Winter was also credited with an assist on the play.

Less than a minute later UWS made it 3-2 with Rodriguez’s 10th goal of the year from Reyman Solis.

Superior tied it up in the 70th minute on Dan Baker’s first goal of the season on a goalmouth scramble. Jon Bucklew was given the assist on the goal.

Following a Yellowjacket turnover, the Saints took the lead for good in the 79th minute on Jenkins’ 23rd goal of the season with help from Andrew Xotta-Dickson and Morgan.

UWS made a late push earning a corner in the final minute. With everyone forward, including the goalie, the Yellowjackets sent a header wide shortly before time expired giving CSS the victory.

CSS host Northwestern at 1 p.m. Friday and North Central at noon Saturday.

’JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS had seven shots, all stopped by Saints keeper Jacob Ballheimer. … Jenkins, who also had two assists, leads the UMAC with 23 goals.