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Knights upset No. 13 UW-P
For the second time in two weeks, the Wartburg men’s soccer team defeated a team ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Wednesday the Knights hosted No. 13 UW-Platteville (11-2-1), defeating the Pioneers 3-2.
Wartburg beat No. 12 UW-Whitewater last Sunday.
UW-Platteville took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when William Pretto scored off of Brandon Chmiel’s corner kick.
The Knights answered less than 10 minutes later when Tommy Running assisted Zubeen Azari on his first goal of the game.
The game remained tied at one going into halftime
Azari’s second goal of the game came just four minutes into the second half to give Wartburg its first lead of the game.
Neil Shields scored his first goal of the season in the 66th minute to put Wartburg ahead 3-1.
The Pioneers got a goal from Chmiel in the 88th minute but it wasn’t enough as the Knights came away with the upset victory.
The night before, Wartburg hosted Buena Vista in an Iowa Conference game.
The Beavers were no match for the Knights as Wartburg won 5-0.
Five different Knights scored goals including Azari, Brandon Cook, Dan Nadeau, Brady Anderson and Kyle Sprain.
Wartburg was riding a five-match unbeaten streak when they took on No. 4 Loras, a team that lost to UW-Platteville earlier this season, Saturday in Dubuque.
The game was scoreless for 80 minutes until Loras’ Mike Pizzello put in his first goal of the season from ten yards out to put the Duhawks in front.
The Knights could not come back and fell to the IIAC leaders by a final of 1-0.
Wartburg only managed two shots on goal to Loras’ eight.
The Duhawks also held advantages in total shots (17-6) and corner kicks (5-4).
Goalkeeper Cade Shatzer made seven saves for the Knights.
Wartburg will be looking to clinch a spot in the IIAC Tournament with two games remaining.
The Knights host Central Friday and take on Luther on the road next week. The top six teams qualify for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Wartburg hosts Macalaster in a non-conference game Saturday.
The women’s soccer team defeated Buena Vista Wednesday by a final score of 3-1.
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Kaylee Benning scored the first two goals of the game and Shaleigh Werkman added a goal in the second half.
The Knights outshot the Beavers 31-5.
Saturday in Dubuque was a matchup of the two teams tied for the Iowa Conference lead: Wartburg and Loras.
The Duhawks took a 2-0 lead into halftime and Anna Aquino’s 57th minute goal wasn’t enough as Loras took control of the IIAC with a 2-1 win.
Loras had six shots on goal to Wartburg’s three and 10 total shots while the Knights had five.
Wartburg hosts Augustana Wednesday 5 p.m. and Central Friday at 7:30 p.m.