The University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s soccer team has played in a couple of nail biters over the past three days.
Sophomore Annah Schussman scored twice, including the game-winning goal in double overtime, as the Yellowjackets defeated Northland 2-1 on Sunday, Sept. 29, but then on Tuesday, Oct. 1, UWS dropped a 1-0 non-conference match to UW-Stout.
Both matches took place at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Marissa Steele scored in the 56th minute for Stout, which outshot Superior 23-3.
Claudia Anderson had two saves for Stout (3-5), and Morgan Philliber stopped 15 shots for the Yellowjackets (2-6-2).
For her efforts in Sunday’s win, Schussman was named UMAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
With time winding down, senior Kaylee Johnson got a step on her defender on flank and found Schussman, who took one stride and fired a left-footed shot past Northland goalkeeper Megan Jordan for the win.
The goal ended a four-match winless streak, and marked the first time since 2015 UWS opened its UMAC schedule with a victory.
Schussman's first goal was assisted by by Grochowski.
Ashley Hammes scored for Northland (0-7) in the 12th minute.
Schussman leads the team with four goals and nine points on the season. In 30 career matches, she has nine goals and eight assists for 26 points.
The Yellowjackets are at Martin Luther at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
UWS lost to UW-Stout 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-20) in nonconference action Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie.
The Yellowjackets (8-11) got 11 kills and two blocks from Cami Sletter; 21 set assists from Megan Holz; 10 digs from Payton Sherber; four blocks from Cassy Teff; and nine digs from Brylee Colligan.
The Blue Devils (14-5) had three players tally eight kills — Lexie Nelson, Amber Ripley and Kara Simonson — as Stout put down 44 kills to 27 for the Yellowjackets.
In action on Saturday, Sept. 28, UWS swept Martin Luther College 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 at Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.
Colligan led UWS (8-9, 2-0) with 13 kills and 15 digs.
Later in the day, UWS lost 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 to Bethel College. Cami Sletta and Lexi Oeltjen led the Yellowjackets with 12 kills apiece and Megan Holz registered 30 digs.
Tennis coach resigns
UWS and the Yellowjacket athletic department announced that head men’s and women’s tennis coach Kolin Dean has resigned his position.
Dean,who has been at UWS since the current incarnation of its tennis programs in 2017, will be leaving to pursue other opportunities outside of coaching.
Dean’s resignation is effective Friday, Oct. 4, coinciding with the end of the tennis nontraditional season.
“When we joined the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference we knew it was a good opportunity to grow our varsity sports offerings, and that opportunity meant being in a position to add varsity men’s and women’s tennis,” UWS Athletics Director Nick Bursik said. “It’s no easy feat to build programs from scratch, but Kolin came in and did a great job. The university owes him a debt of gratitude for building outstanding programs and leaving the position in great shape.”
In the first season, Dean led both the Yellowjacket men and women to third-place finishes in the UMAC, qualifying them for the postseason.
For his efforts, the Rhinelander, Wis., native was named the UMAC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 2018.
Last season, both Yellowjacket teams again placed third during the UMAC regular season and earned a conference postseason berth.
“I’ve loved my time here at UWS and it has been an honor to start this program. The encouragement and acceptance we’ve received from across the entire campus for our teams has been incredible,” Dean said. “Going forward, I’m excited to spend more time with my family, but I’m also excited to watch this program grow and succeed for years to come.”
A national search to find Dean’s replacement will begin immediately.