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Yellowjackets report: UWS claims twin titles with soccer shutouts

Both teams will find out their opponents in the NCAA Division III tournament on Monday.

UW-Superior’s Phillip Eriksen (23) celebrates his first half goal with teammates Josh Bellamy (3) and Mackie Ringrose (10)
UW-Superior’s Phillip Eriksen (23) celebrates his first half goal with teammates Josh Bellamy (3) and Mackie Ringrose (10) in the Yellowjackets UMAC playoff game with Crown at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
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Wisconsin-Superior ruled both sides of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference soccer field on Saturday, Nov. 5, dominating both the men's and women's championship games of the league tournament at NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Mya Holmquist and Niya Wilson had twin hat tricks as the Yellowjackets routed Northwestern 6-0 in the women's championship game.

Holmquist had the first two legs of her feat in the first 21 minutes. She opened the scoring in the 12th minute, then pounced on a dropped cross to head home from close range in the 21st minute.

Wilson struck twice in quick succession after the halftime break, scoring 2:15 apart to make it 4-0 before the 50th minute. Holmquist capped off her hat trick in the 56th minute and Wilson claimed hers about three minutes from the final whistle.

Jenna Lang made eight saves for her seventh clean sheet of the season.

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UWS (15-3-4) had a 13-8 edge in shots on goal and 26-11 in attempts.

In the men's game, the Yellowjackets won the UMAC tournament title for the sixth consecutive time, 3-0 over Bethany Lutheran.

All three UWS goals came in the first half, with Phillip Eriksen putting the hosts in the lead after less than six minutes of play as Blake Perry pounced on a goalkeeping miscue and fed his teammate for the opening goal. Perry scored in his own right in the 22nd minute on a run through the center. Jake Kidd made it 3-0 in the 36th minute, getting his head to a long throw that had bounced in the penalty area.

Seeing out the victory got a little more complicated when Isaac Becket was sent off just after halftime, but the Vikings received a red card of their own in the 76th minute as the match finished 10 vs. 10.

Alex Paredes made three saves for his seventh shutout of the season.

The Yellowjackets (16-3-2) had a 17-10 edge in shot attempts and 7-3 in shots on target.

Both UWS soccer teams will learn their opponents for the NCAA Division III tournament on Monday.

VOLLEYBALL

Northwestern keeps rolling

The UMAC tournament championship match didn't go as well for the UWS volleyball team, which fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-19) to No. 5-ranked Northwestern on Saturday in St. Paul.

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The Eagles haven't lost a UMAC match since falling at St. Scholastica on Oct. 1, 2019. The closest UWS came to grabbing a set was in the third, when the Yellowjackets led 14-9 and as late as 17-16, but Northwestern went on a 7-0 run to take a 23-17 and then used two sideouts to close out the conference title.

The Eagles had 49 kills to the Yellowjackets' 33 and hit .266 to UWS's .091.

Abby Glanzer led all players with 15 kills for the 30-2 Eagles.

For UWS, Alexie Pryd had a team-best 11 kills, while Maiana Stark added eight.

Colleen Claude had 17 assists and Cassy Teff 11 for UWS, while Jenna Anderson led the back row with 14 digs. Pryd added 10 for her 14th double-double of the season.

UWS finishes with a record of 16-13.

MEN'S HOCKEY

Sinclair has hat trick as UWS wins

MacGregor Sinclair had a unique hat trick as Wisconsin-Superior edged Concordia-Moorhead 5-4 in a nonconference game on Saturday at Wessman Arena in Superior.

Sinclair scored the game's opening goal at even strength, 4:56 into the first period. The Cobbers bursted out with three goals in 4 1/2 minutes of the second period to take a 3-1 lead, but Colton Friesen pulled one goal back and Sinclair tied it with his second of the game, shorthanded, with 1:59 left in the second period.

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Sinclair broke the 3-3 tie after two periods himself on a power play tally at 1:43 of the third period. Matt Francois added an insurance goal for the Yellowjackets, which they needed when the Cobbers scored with 1:06 to go.

Dylan Meilun made 28 saves for the Yellowjackets, who were outshot 32-21.

UWS (1-1) hosts Augsburg on Tuesday night.

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