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Titans Fall To Warhawks In WIAC Championship Semifinal

Alexis Brewer's fourth goal of the season cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 2-1 against the Warhawks.
Alexis Brewer's fourth goal of the season cut UW-Oshkosh's deficit to 2-1 against the Warhawks.

Three UW-Whitewater players scored goals as the Warhawks advanced to the WIAC Women's Soccer Championship final with a 3-1 semifinal victory over UW-Oshkosh on Thursday (Nov. 2) in Whitewater.

UW-Oshkosh, which defeated UW-Whitewater, 1-0, on Oct. 4 in Oshkosh, cut its deficit on Thursday to 2-1 before Anna Boyd secured the Warhawks' win on her unassisted goal with 93 seconds to play.

UW-Whitewater (14-3-3) took a 1-0 lead when Emily Mouille followed a pass from Marie Lesperance and scored off a deflected save attempt by UW-Oshkosh goalkeeper Jessica Galason during the 14th minute (13:21) of action.

The Warhawks extended their lead to 2-0 when Lesperance scored off a pass from Boyd in the 52nd minute (51:17).

UW-Oshkosh (8-8-4) sliced its deficit in half when Alexis Brewer scored her fourth goal of the season in the game's 54th minute (53:26). Brewer's goal was assisted by Addie Schmitz.

UW-Whitewater had advantages of 19-5 in shots, 11-3 in shots on goal and 4-3 in corner kicks. The Warhawks led in shots by a 13-3 count at intermission.

UW-Oshkosh's shot total featured two by Brewer and one apiece from Galason, Taylor Arnold and Hannah Zacher.

UW-Whitewater was led by the five shots from Lesperance and three from both Boyd and Karina Rosales. Rosales had a shot during the 37th minute that hit the goal post.

Galason saved eight shots while protecting the UW-Oshkosh goal, including six in the first half. UW-Whitewater goalkeeper Nina Yonan recorded both of her saves in the first period.

With the win, second-seeded UW-Whitewater advances to the WIAC Championship final for the eighth straight year. The two-time defending league tournament champion Warhawks will play at top-seeded UW-La Crosse (17-1-2) on Saturday (Nov. 4) for the right to collect the conference's automatic berth into the 64-team NCAA Division III Championship.

UW-La Crosse, the WIAC's regular-season champion, qualified for the league tournament final with its 3-0 victory over fourth-seeded UW-Stout on Thursday in La Crosse.

UW-Oshkosh concludes its 25th year of intercollegiate soccer with its 17th non-losing season in 18 years. The Titans went 3-1-3 in their WIAC matches to share third place in the league standings with UW-Stout. Third-seeded UW-Oshkosh advanced to the semifinal round of the WIAC Championship with its 3-2 overtime win over sixth-seeded UW-River Falls on Tuesday (Oct. 31).

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