December 10, 2016

The Webster Sports Roundup

Men’s Soccer

PHOTO BY JORDAN PALMER/ The Journal Nermin Hajrizi plays against Wartburg College on Sept. 6. Hajrizi scored two goals in Webster's win over Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 27

PHOTO BY JORDAN PALMER/ The Journal
Nermin Hajrizi plays against Wartburg College on Sept. 6. Hajrizi scored two goals in Webster’s win over Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 27

The men’s soccer team set a team record for goals in a game in their 13-2 victory over Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 27. The Goals were scored by 10 different players including a hat trick from Cody Dupree and a pair of goals from Nermin Hajrizi.

The Gorloks opened up SLIAC conference play with the win as they try to move on from a 2-8-1- non-conference record to start the season. Webster next plays on Oct. 4 against Eureka College in Eureka Ill.

“It’s a fresh start and we get to turn the page,” said Head Coach Mike Siner. “Now we’re 1-0 in the conference.”

Women’s Soccer

Like the men’s team, the women’s soccer team started conference play with a blowout win over Iowa Wesleyan 7-0 on Sept. 26.

Though the team has lost twice in the past two weeks, both games were narrow defeats at the hands of ranked opponents.

On Sept. 19 Webster was just edged by the number one nationally ranked team in the country, Washington University 2-1. Webster’s goal, scored by freshman Kayla Dye, was the first conceded by Washington University all season, a span of 558 minutes according to Webster Athletics.

 

Video by Sam Masterson

Volleyball

During the past two weeks the volleyball team has opened conference play and have posted a 4-2 record. Webster is currently third in the SLIAC.

On Sept. 20 in Jacksonville Il. Webster pushed the current SLIAC leaders Greenville University to a tiebreaker but eventually lost 15-11.

Webster plays a double header next on Oct. 1 on “Dig Pink Night” to raise breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from a 50/50 raffle on the night will go to the Side Out Foundation–  an organization devoted to breast cancer awareness and research.

 

Cross-Country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in a Division I laden field Sept. 20 at the Southern Illinois-Carbondale (SIU-C) meet.

Senior Jason Hickson built on his strong season. He finished sixth, behind 5 division I runners from SIU-C, which impressed Head Coach Dan Graber.

“Basically, Jason could be a varsity guy for them[SIU-C],” Graber said, “and he’s never been on that level, but just for us to have one guy was really impressive.”

Freshmen Evan Stovall and Riley Flynn finished just behind the team’s no. 2 racer, senior Greg Fletcher. These finishes gave Webster the top spot amongst non-division I teams.

The women’s team also finished as the top non-division I team in the women’s competition. Sophomore Valerie Martin was the top finisher on the team, placing 18 of 56 runners, and first among non-division I competitors. Freshmen Holly Goergen and Meghan Illig finished second and third for the team.

The teams will have events on Oct. 4 and 11 against conference opponents Spalding, Greenville  and Principia, and they will see how they stack up against teams that have had success in the past.On Oct. 4, They will face Spalding and Greenville, who have each taken home a conference championship in either the men’s or women’s events in the past four years. Then, on Oct. 11, they will see Principia, the reigning men’s conference champions.

“[These next two events] will really give us a good Idea of what kind of improvements we need to make to be the team we want to be and to accomplish our goals,” Graber said.

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