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UWS to hold 'Caps For Cancer'; soccer teams win

The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's soccer teams will be hosting their inaugural "Caps for Cancer" day on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader against Finlandia University at the Superior High School Soccer Complex. The wome...

The University of Wisconsin-Superior men's and women's soccer teams will be hosting their inaugural "Caps for Cancer" day on Wednesday when they play a doubleheader against Finlandia University at the Superior High School Soccer Complex. The women's game will begin at 2 p.m. and the men's game will follow at 4 p.m.

Admission to the games is free and fans attending are encouraged to bring new, winter-style hats for men, women and children to be donated. Baseball-style caps would be accepted but are not preferred for this event.

Both teams will be wearing pink in their games that day and the UWS chapter of Colleges against Cancer will be on hand, further promoting cancer awareness.

"There are many different ways to raise awareness for various types of cancers and some of them have been extremely successful, particularly in our area, but we wanted to try something different, something unique that focused on cancer as a whole instead of just one kind," UWS Athletics Director Steve Nelson said. "Both of our soccer teams wanted to be involved and our hope is that what we're doing on this day fills a need in the community, but also lays the foundation for something that we can make an annual event going forward."

The caps that are collected will be donated to the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, which is funded by the Miller-Dwan Foundation and located in the Essentia Health Cancer Center. Caps will be given to people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment in the Twin Ports as well as Ashland and the surrounding area.

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"Quoting poet Robert Frost, 'Hope does not lie in a way out, but in a way through,'" said Colleen Baggs of Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center. "Never underestimate the impact an activity such as this can have. It will bring a smile to a survivors face and warm the heart of a caregiver, just knowing they have two soccer teams beside them; supporting them along their cancer journey."

As an incentive, the men's soccer team will have one player shave his head for every 25 caps that are donated, up to 100. In addition to the players, coach Joe Mooney will have his head shaved if the number of caps received reaches 150.

On the women's side, team members will be cutting their hair to make a donation to "Locks of Love." Both members of the women's soccer coaching staff will be cutting their hair as well. The hair cutting will take place at noon on Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Yellowjacket Union.

Winter caps can be donated at the games that day, or can be dropped off at the UWS athletic offices, located on the second floor of the Marcovich Wellness. For more information contact Jon Garver at 715-395-4614.

Men's soccer

UWS defeated Hamline 3-2 in double overtime Wednesday at Paterson Field in St. Paul.

Nate Engel scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to give the sixth-ranked Yellowjackets the win, their second in a row over a MIAC opponent.

Trailing 1-0, the Yellowjackets tied the match at 40:04 when Logan George sent the corner kick into play and Dan Warnke was there to direct it home for his second goal of the season.

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UWS took its first lead in the second half when George connected for his first goal of the year from short range to make it 2-1 at 76:28. Richard Chegwin-Goelkel and Thomas Shuldheisz had the assists.

The edge was short-lived as Hamline came back minutes later deadlock the match on Michael Murphy's first of the year.

After going scoreless in the first overtime the game went to a second, setting the stage for Engel's heroics.

The Yellowjackets outshot Hamline 22-14 and held a 13-7 edge in shots on goal.

Matt Elder got his second straight start in goal and got his second straight win, making five saves to earn his fourth win of the season. Zach Nelson and Spencer VonBehren combined to make 10 saves for the Pipers.

The Yellowjackets (5-2, 0-1 WIAC) plays at UW-Platteville at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Women's soccer

The Lady Yellowjackets defeated Finlandia 2-0 Wednesday at McAfee Field in Hancock, Mich. The shutout was the first by a Yellowjacket team since October 19, 2009 when they blanked Northland Baptist Bible College 1-0.

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The win was also the third of the season, matching the total from all of last season.

Hermantown native Chelsea Cossin scored both goals for the Yellowjackets. She has a team-leading eight goals on the year.

Savannah Schramm had the assist on Cossin's team-leading eighth goal of the season. The assist was the third of the season for Schramm, tops on the club. Her seven points on the season are second only to Cossin, who leads the team with 16.

Alexandra Paige got the start and made two saves in the match to get the win, her second of the season, which evened her record at 2-2 on the year. The shutout was her first as a Yellowjacket. Carlye Buchcuski made 12 saves as the Yellowjackets outshot the Lions 26-3 in the match and held a 12-2 edge in shots on goal.

The Yellowjackets (3-4, 0-2 WIAC) play at 2 p.m. Saturday at UW-Stevens Point.

Volleyball

Junior Salann Gilbert of Solon Springs was named to the Macalester Invitational All-Tournament team on Wednesday.

Gilbert helped the Yellowjackets go 2-2 on the weekend, improving to 8-4 on the season. The wins came over Buena Vista and Grinnell and the losses were to Macalester and Carleton.

In 16 sets, Gilbert had a team-high 40 kills and a team-best .306 attack percentage. She had nine digs in the tournament and led the team with 11 blocks in the four matches (5 solo, 6 assists). Gilbert's strong play earned her a nomination for the WIAC Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

UWS is at UW-Whitewater at 7 p.m. today and UW-Stevens Point at noon Saturday.

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