With weather conditions more suited to waterfowl, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team defeated the College of St. Scholastica Saints 1-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Saints Field in Duluth.
In cold, rainy and blustery conditions, the Yellowjackets and Saints played through a scoreless first half.
Yellowjacket junior defender Pontus Tavemark broke the tie with the game-winning goal 14 minutes into the second half, improving the Yellowjackets to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The Saints fall to 2-10, 2-1.
Tavemark’s goal came on Blake Perry’s corner kick.
On the goal, Perry lofted the corner to the back post, even with the penalty spot. The ball deflected off Tavemark and past St. Scholastica goalkeeper Corey Bulheller into the bottom left of the net.
Tavemark’s goal was his second career tally and first since Sept. 23, 2017, against Martin Luther.
UWS outshot the Saints 17-6 and Yellowjacket keeper Dalton VonKaenel was forced to make just one save to earn his second shutout of the season and seventh of his career. Bulheller had six saves in the loss.
The 'Jackets outshot CSS 17-6 for the match and had five corner kicks to three for the hosts.
In earlier action, James Bruce and Perry both scored hat tricks as the Yellowjackets opened UMAC play with a 12-1 win over Northland on Sunday, Sept. 29, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
Bruce added two assists for UWS (5-2-2, 1-0 UMAC).
Yellowjacket seniors Danny Kearns, Eric Watson, Jake Myran and Gutavo Barbieri, junior Blake Doyea and sophomore Abel Vaudo also scored for UWS. The Yellowjackets outshot the LumberJacks 36-1, including 22-1 in shots on goal.
UWS plays at Martin Luther at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
‘JACKET JOTTINGS: CSS leads the all-time series with UWS 14-8-6, but the Yellowjackets are now 3-0-2 in the last five games, including in last year’s UMAC tournament title game. … UWS is also 2-0-3 in the last five games in Duluth.