Everyone has heard the phrase “defense wins championships”, the men’s and women’s soccer teams are perfect examples of that right now.
The men’s team just won their sixth straight UMAC regular season title while the woman earned their third straight season as regular season champs after they both beat Northland in back-to-back nights.
However, aside from the team success both squads are led by junior goalkeepers Alex Paredes and Jenna Lang.
Within a week of each other, they both broke the program record for most career shutouts.
Lang broke the women’s record of 14 shutouts on Oct. 7 with a 4-0 victory over Minnesota Morris, since then she has added 2 more shutouts.
“It felt great to break the all-time career shutout record, but I had help from my teammates. They have saved my butt a few times,” said Lang. Lang and the Yellowjackets
are looking to three-peat as UMAC tournament champions.
“The expectation is to go out there and play our game but also have fun, while holding each other accountable,” said Lang.
They host a semifinal game against No. 4 Crown in Superior at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 1.
As for the men’s team, Paredes broke the record for the men’s program exactly one week after Lang, with a 2-0 win over Bethany Lutheran.
Paredes clinched the record of 13 career shutouts and has also added 2 more shutouts since then. Paredes has had a staggering 10 shutouts this season and with one more regular season game left, he looks to only extend that number.
“It’s honestly just a privilege just to be out here with the guys. I couldn’t have done it without all our outside backs that are keeping the ball from me,” said Paredes.
“So, they’re actually doing my job more than I’m doing my job… All the credit goes out to the 10 guys in front of me, because if the ball doesn’t go through them, it doesn’t come to
However, Paredes and the Yellowjackets have much more than just records and regular season titles on their agenda. As the Yellowjackets head into the postseason the Yellowjackets can extend their UMAC record, six straight conference tournament victories.
The Yellowjackets will host the UMAC semifinal game at home on Wednesday, Nov. 1, against Northwestern.