Miguel Ocampo scored twice in the final 30 minutes to lift the University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s soccer team to a 4-2 win over St. Scholastica in the UMAC championship game Saturday, Nov. 9, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
With the win, the Yellowjackets (16-3-2) won their third straight UMAC playoff championship, and in the process punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Saturday’s game marked the fifth straight year that UWS and CSS have met for the conference championship and the win stretches the Yellowjackets' unbeaten streak against the Saints to six matches.
Play was back-and-forth early on when Blake Perry, the 2019 UMAC Playoff Most Valuable Player, gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead when lofted a shot over the head of Saints keeper Corey Bulheller for his 14th goal of the year the 21st minute.
The Saints tied it up on Malcolm Lumsden’s goal in the 39th minute. The score came on the Saints’ first shot on goal.
UWS took a 2-1 lead early in the second half when a shot from the right side was headed by a Saints player into his own goal.
Just 38 seconds later the Saints tied it up 2-2 when Ken Pryde scored from the right side of the box.
The Yellowjackets took the lead for good in the 62nd minute when Ocampo scored unassisted. He then sealed the victory in the 77th minute with help from Perry.
Ocampo finished the day with two goals and an assist, while Perry had a goal and an assist.
VonKaenel finished with one save for the Yellowjackets, who outshot St. Scholastica 12-3.
For the Saints, Corey Bulheller tallied eight saves, and offensively, Nolan Friday led the team with three shots on goal. The Saints finished as the tournament runner-up for the third-straight season and end with an overall record of 8-13-1.
UWS will play No. 2 Central College (12-6) in one regional game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Decorah, Iowa.
The other regional game is the host Luther College (15-4-1) vs. Pricipia College (12-6). The winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 17.
UWS forward Eric Watson, a senior from Thunder Bay, has been named to the Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Watson, a physical education major with a 3.95 grade-point average, leads the Yellowjackets with 15 goals and is second in points with 33. He is currently 21st in the country with five game-winning goals and 41st overall in points.
Watson became Superior's all-time career leader in goals scored, scoring twice at Bethany Lutheran to eclipse the mark of 37. He now has 43 goals in four years with the help of career-high single-season total this year.
Watson is a three-time All-UMAC selection and rookie of the year in 2016.
Watson will now advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Those honors will be announced at a later date.
First Half — 1. UWS, Blake Perry (Miguel Ocampo), 20:14. 2. CSS, Malcom Lumsden (Armin Bobaric), 38:06.
Second Half — 3. UWS, own goal, 57:10. 4. CSS, Ken Pryde (Finigan Huffington), 57:48. 5. UWS, Ocamp, 61:38. 6. UWS, Ocampo (Perry), 76:37.
Saves — Corey Bulheller, CSS, 8. Dalton VonKaenel, UWS, 1.
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
UW-Superior 4, St. Scholastica 2