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UW-Fox Soccer Wins 2014 WCC Tournament Championship

The UW-Fox Valley soccer team defeated UW-Washington 3-0 on Saturday to win the 2014 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference (WCC) soccer tournament championship. The Wildcats had beaten the Cyclones earlier in the year at home to earn the WCC regular season title with a 7-0 record. UW-Fox finished their conference season with a 6-1 record, good for 2nd place.

Today’s game was the third meeting between the two teams this season, each team previously earning a one goal victory. The scoring started early, as Nate Schneider scored his first goal of the season 3 minutes into the first half. Devin Veith drove the corner kick to the back post as James Basiliere moved in front of the defender, and redirected the kick back across the goal on the ground. Schneider finished the well placed second pass into the back of the net for the first goal of the game.

Both teams settled down the rest of the half trading possessions back and forth with UW-Fox getting almost 6 shots for every one it gave up. Despite the extra shots on goal the Cyclones couldn’t net their second goal.

The second half started with UW-Washington pressing hard and getting pressure, but they were unable to get shots on goal. UW-Fox managed to take control in the last 15 minutes of play and find holes in the Wildcat defense.

The Cyclones’ Gerardo Enriquez took possession on the outside left and dribbled by four defenders on his way to the goal as he was taken down in the box, giving the Cyclones a penalty kick. Cesar Hernandez lined the ball up and buried a shot deep into the net past the UW-Washington keeper for a 2-0 UW-Fox lead.

The third and final goal of the game came about 2 minutes later. Oscar Perez Sanchez stole a pass from a Wildcat defender and slotted a pass to the corner where Adolfo Gutierrez drove a hard crisp pass across the face of the goal to Cesar Hernandez who put it into the open net. The shot gave UW-Fox their third and final goal of the game.

With the win the UW-Fox soccer team finishes the season 12-5 overall. This year’s result was a reversal from last year when UW-Fox won the WCC regular season championship with a 7-0 record, but lost the tournament championship game at home to UW-Washington.