For the second straight season, the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team is the No. 1 seed heading into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference tournament.
The Yellowjackets, who won their second-consecutive regular-season title Oct. 22, will host the winner of the Monday, Nov. 4, game between No. 4 Northland College and No. 5 Martin Luther on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The other semifinal game is No. 2 St. Scholastica hosting No. 3 Bethany Lutheran.
The championship match will take place at the location of the highest remaining seed Saturday, Nov. 9.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: This will be UWS’s fifth straight UMAC playoff appearance. … The Yellowjackets are led in scoring by Eric Watson (nine goals, 18 points), and Blake Perry (seven goals, four assists, 18 points).
UMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament
Monday, Nov. 4
No. 4 Martin Luther (5-2-1 UMAC) at No. 5 Northland (3-4-1)
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Monday’s winner at No. 1 UW-Superior (8-0)
No. 3 Bethany Lutheran (5-2-1) at No. 2 St. Scholastica (6-1-1), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Semifinal winners, TBD
UWS goalkeeper Ulrik Lager, a junior from Vollen, Norway, has been named the UAMC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Lager made a career-high 10 saves in a 1-0 victory at St. John's on Saturday, Oct. 26. Lager stopped six shots in the second half, including a 72nd-minute penalty, to preserve first shutout of the season and the second of his career.
Lager is 2-0-1 with a 0.92 goals-against average and .833 save percentage this season.
He is the third UWS goalkeeper to be named UMAC Defensive Player of the Week this season. Senior Dalton VonKaenel claimed the honor Sept. 2 and junior Payton Anderson earned it Oct. 14.
The Yellowjackets (13-3-2, 8-0 UMAC) close the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Bethel.
The UMAC Cross Country Championships will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Nemadji Golf Course after spending the last three at Benson Golf Club in Benson, Minn.
Another change could also occur, in the team victory category, as the St. Scholastica men are poised to take back the title after UWS won the last three team championships.
On the women’s side, St. Scholastica is the favorite and seeking its fifth-consecutive victory.
The men’s race starts at noon and the women’s race is at 1 p.m.
St. Scholastica scored four second-half goals to defeat UWS 4-0 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Saints Field in Duluth.
Goalkeeper Madison Gutekunst made nine saves, including five in the first half, for UWS, which was outshot 13-1.
Alexa Gothard picked up the shutout for the Saints, her eighth of the season.
UWS (6-9-2, 5-2), which hosted North Central on Thursday, Oct. 31, wraps up the regular season at Martin Luther at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: The Saints lead the all-time series with UWS 16-1. … The Saints had won the first 15 meetings until the UMAC Tournament semifinals last season when UWS stunned the Saints with a late goal to win 1-0 ... CSS has allowed just four goals against UWS.
UWS is the No. 4 seed for the UMAC tournament and will host Bethany Lutheran at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
The winner will play at No. 1 Northwestern on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The championship game is Saturday, Nov. 9, at the highest remaining seed.