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Titans Denied Win By Pointers

Delaney Karl had two shots and assisted on the Titans' lone goal against the Pointers.
Delaney Karl had two shots and assisted on the Titans' lone goal against the Pointers.

UW-Stevens Point used a pair of quick goals and a stingy defense to defeat UW-Oshkosh, 3-1, in a women's soccer match held Wednesday (Oct. 23) in Stevens Point.

The Pointers (10-3-2, 4-1 WIAC) scored twice in the first 18 minutes of action on goals from Kati Frierdich and Gracie Wendels.

Frierdich tallied her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the game's 12th minute (11:41) to give UW-Stevens Point a 1-0 advantage. Her goal followed a pass from Meaghan Ambelang.

In the 18th minute (17:39), Wendels scored off consecutive passes from Maddy Hardyman and Bridget Kauzlaric to double UW-Stevens Point's lead. The goal for Wendels was her fourth of the year.

UW-Oshkosh (6-8-1, 2-3 WIAC) got one goal back on a score from Rylie Kaufmann in the contest's 22nd minute (21:12). Kaufmann's second goal of the season was scored from close range after she won a scramble for the ball following a corner kick launched by Delaney Karl.

UW-Stevens Point held its 2-1 lead until Jacqueline Aleman scored an unassisted goal in the game's 53rd minute (52:13). The goal by Aleman was her second of the season.

UW-Oshkosh was limited to just four other shots besides Kaufmann's score, including Ashley Baalke's kick that was saved UW-Stevens Point goalkeeper Miranda Nieman in the 40th minute. Nieman faced only two shots in the match, Kaufman's score and Baalke's kick.

Two of the three remaining UW-Oshkosh shots belonged to Karl and the other to Maddie Morris.

UW-Stevens Point totaled 11 shots, including three apiece from Aleman and Frierdich, while earning four of the contest's five corner kicks. The Pointers entered the match averaging a WIAC-leading 19.43 shots per game.

UW-Oshkosh goalkeeper Madelyn Runyan allowed all three goals and recorded a save off a kick from UW-Stevens Point's Frierdich in the 22nd minute.

UW-Oshkosh travels to UW-River Falls on Saturday (Oct. 23) for another WIAC contest. A win by the Titans would secure a spot for UW-Oshkosh in the upcoming six-team WIAC Championship.