Coming off spring UMAC title win, UWS hunting for 5th straight this fall

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Just over three months after clinching their fourth straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) title, the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) men’s soccer team is back to the grind, closing out their first week of fall practice.

"They look really sharp, guys are coming in fit," said head coach Joe Mooney. "One of the advantages that we have is that, because it was a spring season last year, there hasn’t been as much time in between. We’re kind of firing on all cylinders, or close to it here, at the beginning of the season."

UWS is returning a large group of upperclassmen, including senior Blake Perry. Mooney said he is just four goals shy of breaking the program scoring record.

Additionally Scott Wilson and Blake Hanson are coming back for their senior years. Wilson is coming off a full season with Duluth FC, while Hanson is preparing to take over as one of the team’s captains.

"You always just want to be someone out there who leads by example for the underclassmen," Hanson said. "Team goals, I would say, are more of the focus for us as a whole. We all want to win conference, the conference championship tournament, as well as go to the NCAA tournament and perform well there. It’s always our goal."

UWS is scheduled to open their season on Wednesday in an exhibition match against former UMAC foes, the College of St. Scholastica (CSS). CSS is now in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

For the Yellowjackets’ full schedule, click here.