‘Hawks win fifth straight WIAC championship

Oct. 29, 2014 By Kali Schmieding

The UW-Whitewater Warhawks women’s soccer team finished up WIAC play Oct. 25, with an 8-0 win against UW-Superior Yellowjackets.

The ’Hawks are currently ranked 13th in the country and have won their last 13 games. The team finished 8-0 in the WIAC for the third year in a row.

The team started out strong against the Yellowjackets. Sophomore forward Carly Pottle scored the first goal of the game off an assist from senior midfielder Kaitlyn Fritsch in the fifth minute.

“I thought overall it was a good team effort, but I thought Carly Pottle put a lot of pressure on them early,” head coach Ryan Quamme said. “She got the game-winning goal with the first one. I thought she played extremely well in both matches this week.”

Only 6 minutes later, freshman forward Jordan Jackson scored the ’Hawks second goal off a pass from sophomore forward Brianna Reid.

Reid’s help on offense did not stop there. She went on to score three goals to complete a hat trick.

She scored the first of her three goals in the 18th minute off an assist from junior midfielder Jenna Woodson.

Reid then scored her second goal only 6 minutes later off a pass from freshman forward Morgan Beaty.

“My performance yesterday was just like how I play any other game,” Reid said. “Although Superior wasn’t the strongest team we have played, I was still focused and came out hard.”

Before halftime, freshman midfielder Alexandrea Swarthout scored the ’Hawks’ fifth goal of the game.

Reid came out quickly in the start of the second half finishing off her hat trick within the first 2 minutes.

“It feels fantastic having another hat trick, especially since I haven’t scored in the past four games,” Reid said. “Having scored three goals and also having an assist just gave me a boast of energy for the rest of the season.”

The ’Hawks wasted no time by scoring their seventh goal of the game less than a minute later.

Pottle scored the goal off an assist from senior captain Kelsey Beld.

Marie Lesperance scored the final goal of the game in the 51st minute off a pass from Woodson.

Senior Jordan Myers and sophomore Alison Halweg split the shutout.

The ’Hawks earned the number one seed in the conference, the first round bye, and rights to host the WIAC tournament.

“It was one of our team goals to win conference, and it was with a perfect 8-0 record,” Quamme said. “It was a great accomplishment for the team, and I think we will enjoy it after the season, but we are focused on finishing the regular season out against Marian on Wednesday.”

The ’Hawks finish up regular season play on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. with a home game against Marian.

“We have won 13 straight games,” Quamme said. “I think winning can be contagious a little bit. I think our team confidence is very high. I think it is definitely a goal for a lot of our programs at Whitewater. I thought we were very close last year. There is a lot of factors that have to go your way and sometimes you’ve gotta get a bounce here or there, but I really like our team makeup and I definitely wouldn’t rule it out as we enter post season play.”

The WIAC tournament will start Nov. 6.

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