The season came to an end for the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s soccer and volleyball teams with Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament losses Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The Yellowjackets lost to No. 2 Northwestern 3-0 in St. Paul.
Last year's tournament MVP Emily Currie tallied both goals for the Eagles, a penalty kick in the 12th minute and the second in the 29th minute from Anna Welch.
The Eagles out shot the Yellowjackets 21-3 and Ellie Fryer earned the shutout in goal making one save.
For the Yellowjackets (7-11-2), Annah Schussman attempted two shots, including the only UWS shot on goal. UWS keeper Madison Gutekunst finished with 10 saves.
This marks the third-straight tournament championship game appearance for the Eagles and the second time in three years that the Eagles and St. Scholastica will meet in the tournament championship. The Saints won the previous championship matchup 2-1 over the Eagles on the road in 2017.
Saturday’s game is at 1 p.m. in Duluth.
UMAC Women’s Soccer Tournament
Monday, Nov. 4
No. 4 Martin Luther 2, No. 5 Bethany Lutheran 1, OT
Wednesday, Nov. 6
St. Scholastica 2, Martin Luther 0
Northwestern 2, UW-Superior 0
Saturday, Nov. 9
No. 2 Northwestern at No. 1 St. Scholastica, 1 p.m.
The season came to an end for UWS Wednesday night, but the Yellowjackets didn’t go quietly.
The Yellowjackets upset bid against top-seeded Northwestern fell just short in a five-set thriller in the UMAC semifinals Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Ericksen Center in St. Paul.
After dropping the first two sets, the fourth-seeded Yellowjackets won the next two sets to force a fifth set. The Eagles regrouped to win the final set 15-6 and advance to the UMAC championship against Minnesota Morris on Saturday, Nov. 9.
For the Yellowjackets, Hannah Goggleye posted a team-high 15 kills and Cami Sletta added 13. Yana Carrera led defensively with 25 digs with Gina Baertsch collecting a team-best 24 assists and senior Brylee Colligan had 20 digs to go with nine kills in her final collegiate match.
Northwestern landed three players in double-figure kills, Kendra Hardy (19), Kalley Schwitters (15) and Jenay Fuglestad (14). Sydney Schwitters totaled 56 assists and 17 digs.
UWS won its opening the playoffs by sweeping Bethany Lutheran 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-18) on Monday, Nov. 4, in Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
The Yellowjackets hit .340 as a team and committed just a total of seven hitting errors. They also compiled five total blocks and recorded four service aces.
Bethany Lutheran took the opening points in each of the first and second sets, but the Yellowjackets responded quickly and went on runs early in each set to set the tone for the remainder of the match.
The Vikings also battled early in the third set holding small leads and remaining even until 14-14 before the 'Jackets went on a 6-0 run to go up 20-14 en route to victory.
Sletta led the UWS attack with 15 kills and hitting .522. Goggleye added 12 kills and three blocks; Baertsch set up the offense with 20 assists; and Colligan held down the defense with 15 digs.
For the Vikings, Megan Rutt and Alexis Morsching each recorded 11 kills; Brittany Sanders had 26 assists; and Veeva Lee picked up a team-high 16 digs.
The Vikings finished their season 11-17.
The Yellowjackets’ season ends with a 16-19 record.