The top-seeded University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team advanced to the UMAC championship game with a 6-0 win over No. 5 Martin Luther Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

With the win, the Yellowjackets improve to 15-3-2 and advance to their fifth consecutive UMAC championship game.

UWS will host No. 2 St. Scholastica Saturday, Nov. 9, looking for its third straight conference title and NCAA tournament berth.

The Saints (7-12-1) advanced with a 3-0 win over Bethany Lutheran in the other semifinal Wednesday in Duluth.

Earlier this season Martin Luther forced overtime with UWS and hoped for another opportunity for a close contest with the champion. However, the UWS offense got rolling early with five first-half goals, starting with Blake Perry scoring the first of his two goals in the fourth minute.

UW-Superior’s Eric Watson (14) celebrates his first half goal during the Yellowjackets playoff win at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex in Superior on Wednesday afternoon. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
UW-Superior’s Eric Watson (14) celebrates his first half goal during the Yellowjackets playoff win at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex in Superior on Wednesday afternoon. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The Yellowjackets took a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute on a goal from Pontus Tavemark and that set off a flurry of goals with the next three coming within a three-minute span with scores from Eric Watson, Blake Doyea and Perry.

The final goal came courtesy of former Superior Spartan Blake Hanson in the 84th minute.

Perry tallied an eight-point performance on the night with two goals and two assists to lead the ’Jacket attack.

The Yellowjacket goalkeeping duo of Ulrik Lager and Dalton VonKaenel paired up for the shutout despite facing no shots on goal.

Jon Pederson tallied the only shot for the Knights (6-13-2), while Josh Higgins made 10 saves in the loss.

Saturday’s championship game starts at 1 p.m. at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

The winner will get the UMAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA DIII tournament.

UW-Superior’s Galen Coy (2) goes flying after colliding with Martin Luther’s Caleb Koelpin (23) in front of goalie Josh Higgins (0) in the first half of the Yellowjackets' 6-0 playoff win Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
UW-Superior’s Galen Coy (2) goes flying after colliding with Martin Luther’s Caleb Koelpin (23) in front of goalie Josh Higgins (0) in the first half of the Yellowjackets' 6-0 playoff win Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the NBC Spartans Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Martin Luther..........0-0

UW-Superior...........5-16

First Half — 1. Blake Perry (Miguel Ocampo), 3:36. 2. Pontus Tavemark (Perry), 24:24. 3. Eric Watson (Felic Blick), 27:40. 4. Blake Doyea (Watson, Perry), 28:50. 5. Perry (Doyea), 30:45.
Second Half — 6. Blake Hanson (James Bruce), 83:01.
Saves — Josh Higgins, ML, 10. Ulrik Lager, UWS, 0; Dalton VonKaenel, UWS, 0.



UMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament

Monday, Nov. 4

Martin Luther 3, Northland 1

Wednesday, Nov. 6

UW-Superior 6, Martin Luther 0
St. Scholastica 3, Bethany Lutheran 0

Saturday Nov. 9

Championship game

St. Scholastica at UW-Superior, 1 p.m.