The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team clinched a share of its first UMAC regular-season title in program history with a 2-0 win over North Central on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Elliot Chapman scored both Yellowjacket goals in the second half and Dalton VonKaenel improved to 12-1-1 with his two-save shutout.
Fernando Bicalho assisted on Chapman’s first goal.
UWS outshot North Central 19-3, including 12-2 on goal.
The Yellowjackets (14-2-1, 9-0-1 UMAC) can clinch the title outright Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Northland College in Ashland.
UWS remains in the hunt for a UMAC playoff spot thanks to a 3-0 win over North Central Saturday, Oct. 20, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Amanda Opalinski and Claire Smith scored in the first half and Annah Schussman scored in the second.
Madison Gutekunst earned the win and the shutout in goal, finishing with four saves.
The Yellowjackets (6-10-1, 5-5 UMAC) currently sit in a tie for fifth place in the UMAC, but do not hold the tiebreaker. They have two games remaining in the regular season.
UWS also notched a 3-0 non-conference victory over Rockford (Ill.) University on Friday, Oct. 19, in Minneapolis.
All three Yellowjacket goals came in the final 11 minutes, starting with Sarah Fjeran’s fourth and fifth goals of the season in a span of 1:11. Liza Shelquist picked up her second goal of the year in the 86th minute.
Morgan Philliber improved to 2-3-1 and picked up her first shutout with a four-save performance for UWS.
Four days after ending Northwestern's UMAC winning streak at 65 matches, UWS lost twice Saturday, 3-1 to host Minnesota-Morris and 3-1 to Augsburg.
The 29-27, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23 loss to Morris dropped the Yellowjackets a game back of Northwestern atop the standings with two matches to play.
Cami Sletta led UWS against Morris with 21 kills and Taylor Howe added 16, while Emily VerWay totaled 51 set assists, the sixth time this season she’s had at least 50 assists.
The Yellowjackets are still sitting in second place in the UMAC and are assured of a top-three finish in the conference.
UWS (19-11, 12-2 UMAC) has two home matches remaining, Northland College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and North Central on Friday, Oct. 26. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.