The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team clinched its first ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 3-0 win over Northland College Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Ashland.
The Yellowjackets locked up a share of the title with a 2-0 win over North Central on Saturday, Oct. 20, but became the first team, other than St. Scholastica since 2009, to win the UMAC men's soccer championship.
The Yellowjackets unseated the Saints with a conference-opening tie on the road on Sept. 15 and a convincing 4-1 win over the longtime reigning champs at home on Oct. 8.
With Wednesday’s win, the Yellowjackets are 10-0-1 in the UMAC and have not been beaten in 18-straight regular-season conference games – their last loss against a UMAC squad came Oct. 3, 2017.
The Yellowjackets got goals Wednesday from Gustavo Barbieri, Elliot Chapman and Leonardo Paredes.
UWS (15-2-1 overall) will attempt to wrap up an undefeated UMAC season Saturday, Oct. 27, at Minnesota Morris.
The UMAC postseason tournament will begin Monday with a contest between teams yet to be determined in the quarterfinal. The winner of Monday's contest will then head to Superior for a semifinal matchup with the No. 1-seed Yellowjackets.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: The only time the Yellowjackets failed to score at least two goals was in the tie with the Saints. … Their eight goals scored against North Central is a season-best by any UMAC program. … The 40 goals and 3.63 goals per game against UMAC teams is also a conference-best in 2018. … James Bruce leads the Yellowjackets in conference games with UMAC-best nine goals and 21 points that are second-most in the UMAC this fall. … Keeper Dalton Vonkaenel has allowed just five goals all season and leads conference play with a 0.639 GAA and 0.821 save percentage. … In conference play in 2018, the Yellowjackets have posted four shutouts and have allowed one goal or fewer in all but one game so far. The Yellowjackets have allowed just eight total goals and lead the league in goals against average (GAA) in conference play.