Football Loses Fourth Quarter Lead
On the road for the second straight week, déjà vu struck for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point football team as the Pointers lost to ranked conference opponent UW-Oshkosh in a game ending 21-10.
The Pointers went into the fourth quarter with a 10-7 lead, but the Titans scored 14 unanswered points to win the game.
Neither team scored in the first half until UWSP got on the board first with a trick-play pass from senior wide receiver Matt Sosinsky to junior wide-receiver Jared Pankow for 36-yards.
UW-Oshkosh tied the game at 7-7 after a fumbled punt by the Pointers. UWSP added three points on a 31-yard field goal by senior kicker Jesse Vervelde after the Pointers had a drive that went 51-yards on 10 plays.
The Pointers had 319 yards of offense, led by senior running back DeJuan Wright. Wright ran for 124 yards on 26 carries, while Pankow caught five passes for 90 yards with a score. Junior quarterback Kyle Larson completed 14 passes for 140 yards.
Defensively, UWSP was led in tackling by senior defensive back Matt Gaffney with seven tackles. UWSP also had two first-half interceptions by defensive backs Blake Lehman and Michael Longmeyer.
The Pointers next play sixth-ranked UW-Whitewater at home on Oct. 24.
Volleyball Wins Twice at Oshkosh Invitational
The Pointers volleyball team finished the weekend 2-1 at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational against non-conference opponents on Oct. 16 and 17.
In the first match, UWSP swept Martin Luther after hitting .292 for its 14th win via sweep this season.
The Pointers defense held Martin Luther to a hit percentage of .012. Junior outside hitter Kelly Cefalu had her twelfth-straight game with double-digit kills, adding 10 in the win. Senior Hannah Picel had a match-high 11 assists, while freshman setter Brittany Laffin had 32 assists.
The next day, UWSP began with a sweep over St. Thomas.
The Pointers once again held St. Thomas to an attack percentage of .109. The Pointers were led by Cefalu and junior outside hitter Gabby Thomas, as each recorded 10 kills. Picel again led in digs with nine and added three aces, while Laffin tallied 33 assists.
In the last match, UWSP fell 3-1 to eighth ranked Colorado College. In the loss, Thomas led UWSP with 15 kills, a match-high, and 10 digs. Cefalu again had double-digit kills with 11, while Picel had 23 digs.
UWSP’s next game is at home against UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 21.
Soccer Loses Another One-Goal Game
A 40-yard goal at the 56th minute by UW-Eau Claire was all the team needed in the 1-0 defeat of the UWSP women’s soccer team.
The loss puts UWSP’s record to 3-13 and 1-4 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
UWSP was outshot 12-4 with senior goaltender Kristin Churkey making three saves on net. Freshman midfielder Kayla Huber had the Pointers best chance to score with a one-on-one opportunity but could not convert.
UWSP next plays Viterbo at home on Oct. 26 for Senior Day.