September 24, 2016

Webster University fall season athletics update

Soccer

The Webster University men’s soccer team went 1-1 over the weekend, bringing their season record to 1-4.

The Gorloks lost to Lake Forest College in a controversial ending Sept. 11. Webster trailed 0-2 at halftime, but two goals from freshman Zach Gyuricza sent the game into overtime. With time expiring, Lake Forest was given a penalty kick on a called handball. The clock ran out before they could get ready for the kick, but the referees still awarded the penalty kick to the Foresters.  Lake Forest made the kick, and Webster lost 3-2 in two overtimes.

Webster bounced back quickly by winning 2-1 in overtime the next day. Freshman Corey Redington scored a goal with 53 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Redington ended up scoring the winning goal six minutes into overtime.

The men play next at home against Simpson College Sept. 20. Their conference opener is  September 26.

The women’s soccer team went 1-1 on the weekend as well, bringing their season record to 2-3. Sept. 11, Chelsea Noser scored two goals to help Webster defeat fourteenth ranked Lake Forest College, 2-1. Noser scored with under three minutes to go in the second half helping the Gorloks pull off the upset.

Playing against their second ranked opponent in as many games, Webster fell to twenty-first ranked Augustana College 0-4 on September 13. Webster trailed 1-0 at the half, but the Vikings kept the pressure on the Gorloks, and scored three goals in the second half.

The women play next at home against Principia College Sept. 26. It is a men’s and women’s doubleheader for the conference opener.

Volleyball

The Webster volleyball team competed in the Washington University Tournament over Labor Day Weekend, losing all three games. The team lost to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and North Central College. They were only able to win one set in the three games.

Conference Play

Webster was able to snap the three game losing streak by winning both games of a conference doubleheader Sept. 12. The Gorloks beat Eureka College and Iowa Wesleyan College, both three sets to zero.

The Gorloks are attempting to win their fifth straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championship. The 2-0 start to conference play has them tied for first place in the conference.

The team is 3-4 on the season, and their next home game is Sept. 22 against MacMurray College.

Cross Country

The Webster cross country teams kicked off their season in the Memphis Twilight Classic Sept. 6. Webster was the only Division III team in the men’s meet, and one of two Division III teams in the women’s meet.

The men’s team placed 22 out of 26 teams. The women’s team finished 19 out of 26 teams.

Sophomore Riley Flynn was the top runner for the men, finishing 156 out of 258 runners. Flynn’s time of 22 minutes and 59 seconds was the fourth fastest finish ever for a Gorlok runner on a four mile race.

Junior Valerie Martin was the top runner for the women, finishing 90 out of 249 runners. Martin finished first for the Gorloks in all seven of her career races. She is the only upperclassman woman on the team, and was named to the first-team all conference team and was the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.

Record-Breaking Meet

In the second meet of the year, Flynn set the school record for a 5,000 meter race.  Flynn ran the race in a time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds at the Forest Park Festival in St. Louis. Flynn placed 15 out of 72 runners, but was the top Division III finisher. The men finished seventh out of 10 teams.

Martin was again the fastest runner for the women at the Forest Park Festival. She placed seventeenth out of 86 runners. Her time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds in the 5,000 meter race was the second fastest ever for a Gorlok at that race. The women finished 5 out of 11 teams. 

Webster races next Sept. 25 in Rock Island, IL. at the Augustana Meet.

Reporting by Webster Newsroom

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