UW-Superior Men’s Soccer head to WIAC Championship

The Yellowjacket’s Men Soc­cer team made an appear­ance in their first ever WIAC tour­na­ment Wednes­day, edg­ing UW-Whitewater 2–1.
Despite the lack of expe­ri­ence the Jack­ets have play­ing in the tour­na­ment, they came out and proved that they deserve to be there. Junior for­ward Brian Grand drew first blood in the match, scor­ing at the 32:21 mark of the first half for his eighth goal of the sea­son. Ben Kasper had the lone assist on the goal. The Jack­ets used the momen­tum of the first goal to con­tinue to put pres­sure on White­wa­ter and struck again at the 41:19 mark. Trevor Laroche-Theune found Dan Baga near the net, who cap­i­tal­ized on the oppor­tu­nity and extended the lead to 2–0 with his sec­ond goal of the year.
In the sec­ond half White­wa­ter con­tin­ued to bat­tle and were able to cut the lead in half at the 55 minute mark. How­ever the Jack­ets held strong and were able to hold White­wa­ter off lead­ing to the vic­tory. UW-Whitewater out­shot the Jack­ets 8–4, but junior goal keeper Matt Elder was able to fend off seven of the eight shots faced to help the Jack­ets move on to the WIAC Cham­pi­onship.
The Jack­ets (11–6-3, 2–1-1 WIAC) will com­pete for the WIAC Cham­pi­onship at 6 p.m. Fri­day, at UW-Oshkosh. The Jack­ets faced UW-Oshkosh in late Sep­tem­ber this year and it resulted in a 1–1 tie after both teams failed to con­vert through two overtimes.

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