Saints Battle for the Bridge

Joe Stark
jstark@css.edu

    On Tuesday night the College of St. Scholastica Saints took part in a triangular sports matchup with the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets. Both men’s and women’s soccer teams were at home to face their rivals and the volleyball team made the short trip over to Wisconsin to play.
 
   The men’s soccer team started the day off for the Saints in one of the most intense rivalries our school has. There is a mutual dislike of each other and you could feel it in the atmosphere of the game. The game saw a lot of pushing, shoving, and hard hitting with 29 fouls being called and eight yellow cards given out, four for each team. The Saints came out tight as they knew the winner would be in the driver’s seat for the conference lead and have a clear path to the title. The first half was dominated by the Jackets, as they controlled the ball a majority of the half. The Saints had a few opportunities, but did not have enough to put anything on the board. The defense for the Saints was up to the challenge, however, and did their part by helping Sandy Davidson-Hunt pitch a first half shutout. The second half started off with a bang when the Saints used a beautiful crossing pass from Luke Buckton to Darby Henderson, who saw a wide open net and capitalized giving CSS a 1-0 lead just a minute and a half into the half. UWS controlled the ball basically the rest of the half, but Buckton made sure to give the Saints a big insurance goal in the middle of it. At the 75’ mark Buckton used a slide tackle to get control of the ball and then took a shot from about 45 yards out. Initially it was called a save, but after some discussion the referee signaled for a goal and the scoreboard read 2-0. Superior got on the board a minute later, but that is where the game would end, 2-1. With the win the Saints improved to 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

    The women were next and they picked up right where the men left off. The 6’ saw the first goal for the Saints when Taylor Olson found the back of the net giving Scholastica an early 1-0 lead. Six minutes later it was Olson again beating the keeper and changing the score to 2-0. Emily Olson got into the scoring action in the 38th minute and gave CSS a 3-0 lead going into the half. Emily Olson would add another in the second half and Janelle Rouillard scored one as the Saints won easily 5-0. Olivia Schmitz was in goal for the Saints and pitched the shutout, saving the one shot she saw. With the win the Saints move to 4-1-1 in the conference and 5-4-2 overall.

    The nightcap belonged to the volleyball team. Unfortunately, they were unable to complete the sweep as they fell three games to one. The first and second game went to the Jackets, winning 25-20 and 25-23, respectively. However, the Saints fought back and won game three 25-21 to force a game four. Game four belonged to the Jackets, though, winning 25-18 to take the match.

    Freshman Taylor Thompson has been a big contributor for CSS this year and she contributes her success to a welcoming team.

    “I think the welcoming atmosphere of the team was definitely a big key to me being successful as a freshman,” said Thompson. “They push us to work hard, encourage us to get better, and we also have a lot of fun,” said Thompson.

    Volleyball will be back in action Friday night taking on a tough University of Northwestern team, and soccer will play at home Saturday against Martin Luther College.