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’Jackets clinch playoff berth

University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Gunnar O’Neill-Sengbush (29) gets fouled by Northwestern’s Austin Myers (23) in the first half of Tuesday’s game at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. The Yellowjackets clinched a playoff berth with a 3-0 win over the Eagles. (Jed Carlson /

The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team clinched a UMAC playoff berth with a 3-0 win over the Northwestern Eagles Tuesday afternoon at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Sophomore Dalton VonKaenel needed just two saves to earn his third shutout of the season and third win over the Eagles in the past two seasons.

Superior’s Jon Bucklew opened the scoring at 36:39 for UWS (10-6-1 overall, 7-1-1 UMAC) with his seventh goal of the season on an assist from Blake Doyea.

Fernando Bicalho made it 2-0 on a free kick at 62:38, while freshman Blake Doyea completed the scoring at 74:43 on an assist from Bicalho.

Turner Main had seven saves to lead the Eagles (7-4-2, 6-2-1).

UWS hosts North Central at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern................... 0       0        —         0

UW-Superior................... 1       2        —         3

First Half — 1. Jon Bucklew 7 (Blake Doyea), 36:39. 2. Fernando Bicalho 2 (free kick), 62:38.

Second Half — 3. Blake Doyea 6 (Fernando Bicalho), 74:43.

Saves — Dalton VonKaenel, UWS, 2. A—96.

Women’s soccer

Anna Welch scored a pair of goals to lead UMAC-leading Northwestern (8-5-1, 8-0-1) to a 4-1 women’s victory over UWS Tuesday at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Britt Zieroth scored the lone goal for the Yellowjackets (3-11-1, 2-6-1) on an assist from Liza Shelquist to knot it 1-1 at 21:40.

Welch’s game-winner defected off an UWS player at 35:18 and Maddie Leever and Welch added to the lead with second-half goals.

Zieroth, Shelquist and Danielle James all got shots off for the Yellowjackets, while Bailey Henderson finished with 10 saves.

UWS hosts North Central at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Northwestern................... 2       2        —         4

UW-Superior................... 1       0        —         1

First Half — 1. NW, Lindley Norman 11 (Anna Martinson), 16:42. 2. UWS, Britt Zieroth 2 (Liza Shelquist), 21:40. 3. NW, Anna Welch 7, 35:18.

Second Half — 4. NW, Maddie Leever 2, 46:55. 5. NW, Welch (Martinson), 80:34.

Saves — Samantha Dewey, NW, 0. Bailey Henderson, UWS, 10. A—76.


UWS had its six-match winning streak stopped with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-13) loss to ninth-ranked Northwestern Tuesday evening in St. Paul.

Lindsey Peterson had 17 kills for the Eagles, who also defeated the Yellowjackets 3-0 on Sept. 27.

Leesa Malone had 42 set assists to pace the offense, while Jackie Doering added 21 digs as the Eagles (27-4 overall, 14-0 UMAC) stayed unbeaten in conference play.

Anna Ribich (11) and Leah Nightingale (10) combined on 21 kills, while Emily VerWay added 25 set assists and eight digs for UWS (16-10, 9-4). VerWay and Brylee Colligan also finished with eight kills apiece.

UWS returns home this Saturday for Senior Day and its last home game of the season against Minnesota Morris at noon.

The Yellowjackets will wrap up the regular season with road games next week at Northland (Wednesday), North Central (Oct. 27) and Hamline (Oct. 28).