UW-Stout drops tight game to UW-Eau Claire, 3-2
MENOMONIE (October 26, 2011) - UW-Eau Claire got an early goal and, as it turned out, that would be the difference as the teams played evenly in the second half as Eau Claire defeated UW-Stout, 3-2, Wednesday at Nelson Field.
Eau Claire (10-5-3, 4-2-1) jumped out to the early lead when Gina Williams scored in the ninth minute and the game stayed that way until after the half.
Just a bit over a minute into the second half, Stout (11-3-1, 5-2-0) got the equalizer when Grace Salwasser (Sr, Cottage Grove, Minn) hit Emily Stanke (Jr, Elk Grove Village, Ill) who found Taylor Kizlik (Fr, Hammond) on the opposite side. Kizlik had a wide-open shot and hit the mark to tie the score.
Katie Richter gave the Blugolds a two goal lead in about a 12 minute span. In the 67th minute, she sent a looping shot from about 30 yards out that grazed off the fingertips of an outstretched Robbie Shelby (Fr, La Crosse) to give Eau Claire a 2-1 lead.
The lead stretched to 3-1 when after Brittany Burant put a shot on Shelby, who stopped the shot but couldn't hang onto it and Richter was there to put it into the net.
Just over a minute later, Salwasser connected on a penalty kick after Courtney Tideman (Sr, Sartell, Minn) was tackled in the box.
Stout had chances late in the game, but could not get off a good shot.
Shelby finished the night with five saves, while Eau Claire's Nina Behrenbrinker tallied three.
The Stout loss does jam up the WIAC race for the top spot. Stout is at UW-La Crosse (4-1-2 WIAC) Saturday, Oct. 29 and must secure at least a tie to have a chance for the conference crown. UW-Whitewater (5-1-1) is currently in first by one point (16 total points). Stout is in second with 15 points, La Crosse is in third with 14 points, Eau Claire is in fourth with 13 points and UW-Oshkosh (4-3-0) is in fifth with 12 points.
Eau Claire is at Whitewater Saturday, while Superior goes to Oshkosh. The WIAC Tournament gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 1 with the first round, and the second round is Thursday, Nov. 3. The top two seeds get a bye from the first round, then will host a second round game. The championship game will be Saturday, Nov. 5. The NCAA Division III tournament bids are announced Monday, Nov. 7