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Wesmen dominate in season-opening win at Wisconsin-Superior

Nicole Seavers gets control of the ball during the first half of the Wesmen women's soccer team's 7-0 win over Wisconsin-Superior Monday afternoon in Superior, Wisc. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)
Nicole Seavers gets control of the ball during the first half of the Wesmen women's soccer team's 7-0 win over Wisconsin-Superior Monday afternoon in Superior, Wisc. (David Larkins/Wesmen Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — The Winnipeg Wesmen needed only one half to set the program record for most goals in a game. 

Jamila Calvez, in her return to the Wesmen, and sophomore Alycia Mann both scored second-half goals and the Wesmen women's soccer team cruised to a 7-0 win over the NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets Sunday at NBC Spartan Sports Complex in Superior, Wisc.

The seven goals were the most by a Wesmen team in the program's history, surpassing the five goals scored against Minnesota-Crookston in August 2018. 

And six of those goals came after halftime when the Wesmen refueled and used a gusting wind from the south to their advantage. 

Kallee Oliveira opened the scoring, first-timing a strike from 20 yards out to beat UWS keeper Madison Gutekunst, a first-team all-conference star last season, in the 39th minute.

The Wesmen took just the one-goal lead into halftime, despite putting 12 shots on goal in the first 45 minutes.

It wasn't long until they started getting things fired up in the second half. 

VIDEO: Wesmen discuss season-opening win

Mann started the barrage with her first of the day in the 59th, taking a pass from Shae-Lynn Dodds before taking one step to her right foot just inside the 18-yard box and putting a shot behind back-up goalie Morgan Philliber to make it 2-0.

"It's always a great feeling to score, but it was a great team effort to create the opportunities to score and when you put it in the net that's just the reward from the hard work on the field," Mann said. 

Six minutes later, Nicole Seavers sent a long shot past Philliber to make it 3-0. Mann put her second of the game away in the 67th, two minutes after Seavers' strike, and sophomore Sage Pang made it 5-0 with a well-placed strike from the right side that found the corner of the goal. 

Calvez, who was threatening the Superior back line throughout the day, finally broke through with back-to-back goals in the 88th and 90th minutes that closed out the scoring. 

Calvez, a fourth-year senior who scored five goals in her first two seasons at UWinnipeg before taking last season off, was happy to be back and find her form.

"It feels like I never left, but it also feels nice to have fresh legs back after a year off," Calvez said. "The girls are great to be back with and I had a lot of fun today.

"I had a ton of opportunities and I wasn't able to put them away early, but at the end when I got back on I was pretty determined to put one in and I'm glad I did."

Head coach Amy Anderson said the lack of goals in the first half didn't concern her, recognizing that the pace of play and possession were in her team's favour.

"I wasn't overly concerned because we were in the right positions to score and I thought our athleticism would be a factor this game so I was really proud of the team for coming through with some goals in the second half and some of our leaders for stepping up," Anderson said. "What I'm super-thrilled about is I had every single player enter the field. So it's a progression. We have to keep building from this and hopefully gain a bit of momentum from it." 

In total, nine freshmen who dressed Monday saw the pitch, including first-year keepers Taryn Raabe — who started — and Madisyn Furber, who preserved the clean sheet. 

"I think that was the best performance I've seen our first-years put on," Calvez said. "Really resilient, worked really hard and just got the job done."

The team now moves on to a Tuesday afternoon match at Division II Minnesota-Duluth before returning to Winnipeg followed by a tournament at Regina next weekend.