By Felicity Bosk
Tuesday was an unseasonably warm day in the Twin Ports, but that heat was not brought by the soccer teams. Both the men and women's teams lost to their local rival, the St. Scholastica Saints.
The men played at home while the women traveled across the bridge to Duluth. The YellowJackets and Saints are both Division III schools, who's "border battle" games draw large crowds. 259 people came to see the men play--more than any home game thus far this season.
The men lost 1-3, ending a five-game winning streak. Their sole goal came from junior Jon Bucklew, who stole the ball from the Saints and made the goal unassisted. The men out-shot the Saints, but they could not get past the opponent goalie. UW-Superior's goalie, senior Ben Whilhelm made five saves during the match.
“Overall, I think we played a pretty good game,” said Head Coach Joe Mooney. “Our defense looked very sharp, as usual. We strung together some very nice passing sequences and had some real quality looks at goal. I have to give credit to their freshman goalkeeper as well. He's been playing well all year and made some key stops to keep his team in the lead.”
The only goal made during the women's soccer game was by senior Brittany Thomfohrda, her first ever goal as a player on this team. She made the shot in the last 45 seconds of the game. Goalie Bailey Henderson made 10 save during the match, five of which came in the first thirty minutes. This was their second loss to St Scholastica this season; a season in which they have only won one game so far.
This Saturday, both soccer teams will be playing home games and hosting the first ever "Dogtoberfest." Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the games, and everyone is encouraged to donate to the Douglas County Humane Society.