Titans Shut Out Yellowjackets In WIAC Opener

Ashley Nicholas attempted five shots and closed the scoring for the Titans
Ashley Nicholas attempted five shots and closed the scoring for the Titans

Nicole Strieker (Sr. • Janesville) and Jenna Lahmann (Fr. • Wauwatosa) scored just 20 seconds apart to give UW-Oshkosh a 3-0 women's soccer win over UW-Superior on Saturday (Sept. 15) in Duluth, Minn.

UW-Oshkosh, which entered its WIAC opener ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III by the National Soccer Coaches Association, posted its fourth shutout in matches. The Titans (5-0-1/1-0 WIAC) have won all 20 of their meetings with UW-Superior (2-3/0-1 WIAC).

A scoreless first half was followed by three UW-Oshkosh goals in a span of 9:03. Strieker got things going for the Titans when she scored off an assist from Amanda Baalke (So. • Pewaukee) in the 65th minute (64:03) of play. Twenty seconds later (64:23), Becca Blue (Sr. • Kimberly) set up Lahmann's second goal of the season.

With 17 minutes (73:06) left in the match, Ashley Nicholas (Jr. • Wrightstown) scored an unassisted goal to create the Titans' final margin of victory.

UW-Oshkosh compiled a 26-6 edge in shots, using five from Nicholas and three from Strieker. The Yellowjackets had six players take one shot each. The Titans also gained a 5-1 advantge in corner kicks.

Katie Berkopec
(Jr. • Apple Valley, Minn.) guarded the UW-Oshkosh goal for the first 81 minutes (81:15) and made one save. Angela Christenson (Fr. • Racine) then replaced Berkopec didn't face a shot during her nine minutes (8:45) of action.

UW-Superior goalkeeper Alexandra Paige played the entire match and saved 12 shots.

UW-Oshkosh continues WIAC action with a match against UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.