Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletics

ST. PAUL, Minn. - UW-Stevens Point held a 20-14 advantage in shots and senior Vicki Bieschke tallied two goals and an assist as the Pointer women's soccer team defeated host Macalester 4-2 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.

The win advances the Pointers to the second round where they will play Concordia-Moorhead, who advanced thanks to a 2-0 win over Northwestern (Minn.) 2-0. The Pointers and Cobbers will take to the pitch in St. Paul at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sarah Gugel got things going for the Pointers in the game's 28th minute, scoring just her second goal of the season on a pass from Mary Jean Cornelius, putting UWSP in front 1-0.

In the second half, Bieschke scored in the 57th minute, her sixth of the season, off a pass from Kirsti Nickels, giving the Pointers a 2-0 advantage

Just 48 seconds later, Macalester tallied their first of game, a shot from Lauryn Gutierrez, cutting the Pointer lead in half.

Under two minutes later Angela Galow added her eighth goal of the season to give the Pointers a two goal advantage, 3-1. Bieschke later tallied her second goal of the game and seventh of the season, scoring unassisted, to give the Pointers a 4-1 edge.

Macalester added a late goal, but the Pointer defense, anchored by goalkeeper Liz Hunter, shut the door on the Pointers victory.

The win improves the Pointers record all-time in the NCAA Tournament to 15-14-1.