Blugolds women's soccer team knocks off top-ranked Wheaton College

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) — The UW-Eau Claire women's soccer team faced its toughest challenge of the season Wednesday night as they welcomed the top-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) to Bollinger Field.

The Thunder came into the game undefeated with a 6-0-0 mark and ranked No. 1 in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll.

Gina Williams (Sr.-Madison, Wis./Verona Area) and the rest of the Blugolds answered the challenge though with a 2-1 upset-win in double overtime, to hand Wheaton College its first loss of the season.

The Blugolds came out strong early on and battled, showing no signs of intimidation. But just 8:48 into the game, the Thunder struck with a goal off a corner kick to take the early 1-0 lead. But the Blugolds kept their composure and played a scoreless half the rest of the way.

Nina Behrenbrinker (Jr.-St. Paul, Minn.-Cretin/Derham Hall) made two saves in the first half while the Blugolds got one shot on goal.

UW-Eau Claire came out strong in the second half and had several good scoring chances, but they were not able to solve the tough Wheaton College defense. It looked like the Thunder would hold on for the 1-0 victory, but Williams had other ideas.

In the 87th minute, Williams put one past the Wheaton College goalkeeper to even things up. Megan Hanson (Fr.-Verona, Wis./Verona Area) and Allie Stone (Jr.-Madison, Wis./Verona Area) picked up assists on the goal.

The two teams headed to overtime and it was the Blugolds who had the better opportunities in the first 10-minute frame. But neither team was able to score, so they headed to the second, and final overtime.

It was Williams again, who scored just 2:33 into the second overtime period to pick up her second goal of the game, and more importantly, the game-winner. Abby Beinlich (Jr.-Madison, Wis./Madison Memorial) picked up the assist as the Blugolds swarmed the field to celebrate the upset victory.

The Blugolds will have a little time to enjoy the victory, but they will have to get ready for Saturday when they welcome UW-Stevens Point, whch is 5-1 this season as they get back to conference action. The game is schedule for 2 p.m. at Bollinger Field on Saturday.


The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 170435816 - weau.com/a?a=170435816
Gray Television, Inc.