University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff have spent several decades establishing a winning tradition of bringing home conference, regional and national championship trophies to the University.
This dedication was demonstrated during the 2015 fall season. Five UW Oshkosh teams clinched a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship—women’s golf, soccer, volleyball, cross country and men’s football.
Football secured its second outright WIAC Football Championship in four years and its ninth Conference Championship in program history, with a 38-0 victory over UW-Eau Claire on Nov. 14 despite a few setbacks throughout the season.
When Titans quarterbacks Brett Kasper, of Two Rivers, and Connor Senger, of West Allis, were forced from the UW- Whitewater game due to injuries, Jayden Essman, of Burlington, sophomore quarterback, rose to the occasion, which resulted in a win for the Titans.
“For me, the season was a wild one,” Essman said. “I never imagined myself playing in the biggest game of the year, but when injuries happen, we are all here for a reason and coached to be ready when the opportunity presents itself.”
Essman went on to say coaching and dedication prepared the entire team to over-come adversity and rally to accomplish the goals set for the season.
“Unfortunately, we came up a bit short of our main goal of the national championship, but accomplished the conference championship. We will keep training everyday together to get to where we want to be,“ he said.
The Titans went on to the NCAA Division III Football Championship before falling to UW-Whitewater in the quarterfinals.
The Titans finished the season ranked third in the nation, with a final record of 11-2.
UW Oshkosh women’s soccer finished the 2015 season with a 14-4-3 record, and its first regular-season WIAC title (shared with UW-La Crosse), as well as its second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship.
“Overall, it was the last hoorah to make a mark on the women’s soccer program and give the younger girls on the team an example of what the program is all about,” Mauthe said.
Mauthe started in 19 of the Titans’ 20 games and put up her own impressive stats—leading the team with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. She was second in assists, fourth in points and sixth in goals in teh WIAC, earning an All-WIAC first team selection.
“This season was filled with many small triumphs. For everyone on the team, the NCAA tournament is an experience of a lifetime and hard to describe. It meant so much to get back there for me and the rest of my senior class and to end our season there.”
With the WIAC women’s golf Championship victory, UW Oshkosh secured automatic entry to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship in Houston, Texas. The appearance at the national tournament will be the third for the Titans.