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Blue Jays finish nonconference schedule against UW-Whitewater

by Fulton Sun Staff | September 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Courtesy of Westminster College Athletics. (Jacob Elder/Courtesy)

FULTON -- The Westminster College men's soccer team was back in action on Sunday afternoon to wrap up the nonconference portion of its schedule as it welcomed the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks to Kent and Judith Mueller Stadium.

The Blue Jays scored early to get a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game.

The Warhawks answered with three unanswered goals and won 3-1.

UW-Whitewater improved to 8-0-1 on the season, and the Blue Jays dropped to 0-6 as they head into conference play.

Niklas Olsson started the game with a bang for Westminster as Joel Litten found him streaking down the right sideline.

Olsson found the back of the net with a well-placed shot, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead early in the game.

The Warhawks answered and tied the game at the 8:07 mark, then went up 2-1 after a goal in the 20th minute.

UW-Whitewater scored one more time in the first half in the 28th minute to take a 3-1 lead.

The Warhawks took 12 shots in the half, seven being on goal.

Senior Connor Benefield got the start in goal for the Blue Jays and made five saves on eight shots on goal.

Westminster generated some offense and got off five shots on the goal but could not find the back of the net.

In the 12th minute, Nolan Deane had a chance to score and put the Jays ahead 2-1, but the Warhawks goalie stopped his shot, one of four saves made in the game.

The Blue Jays threatened again in the 15th minute, with Travis Beig and Adam Luetkemeyer getting shots off on goal.

Westminster only got one shot on goal in the second half, and that came off the foot of Tyler Christle in the 68th minute.

In the end, Whitewater could hold on to its 3-1 lead and won the game.

Westminster College will return on Friday as it travels to Batesville, Arkansas, to take on Lyon College to start St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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