September 25, 2016

Webster University fall season athletics update

Webster Men’s Soccer

The Webster University men’s soccer team went 0-2-2 since Sept. 19, including a 2-2, double overtime tie against Principia College to start conference play. The Gorloks took an early 1-0 lead with a penalty kick scored by freshman forward Zach Gyuricza in the first minute of the game. Principia answered by scoring two consecutive goals. In the ninetieth minute, junior Jake Stowers scored the tying goal, assisted by freshman Drew Quisenberry.

Webster University’s latest loss came against CCIW conference leaders, Millikin University. The score was tied through the seventy-eighth minute until Millikin senior midfielder Zach Solorio scored his fifth goal of the season. Millikin scored again in the eightieth, minute bringing the score to 3-1. Webster scored a late goal to bring the game to a close. The end score being 3-2 Millikin.

Gyuricza leads the team in goals (3) and points (7), and starting goalkeeper Zach Horn leads the team with 31 saves.

The Gorloks were outscored 12-6 in the four-game span. The men’s next home game is Eureka College Oct. 3.

Webster Women’s Soccer

Webster University’s women’s soccer team is on a three-game winning streak. The beginning of the winning streak started against North Central College. After falling behind 2-0 in the first 16 minutes, the Gorloks scored three unanswered goals to win 3-2. Freshman Gaby Medrano and Sophomore Brianna Pagan both scored their first goals of the season to go along with Kayla Dye’s score. The Gorloks won their second game 1-0 against Millikin University after a goal by junior defenseman Jodi Kaiping in the sixty-sixth minute.

The Gorloks opened conference play with a win over Principia College. Sophomore defenseman Sydney Tedesco started the scoring with her first goal of the season in the fifteenth minute. After a goal by Principia, Webster scored four unanswered goals. Goals by Jen Laaksonen, Chelsea Noser, Briana Pagan and Lauren Pratt propelled the Gorloks to a 5-1 win. Noser currently leads the team in goals (4) and points (9) this season.

Webster’s current record is 5-3-0, and their next game is against Washington University Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Webster Volleyball

The Webster University volleyball team is deep into conference play. Since Sept. 18, the Gorloks are 3-4 (3-1 in SLIAC play). After losses to Saint Mary’s College and Millikin University, the Gorloks opened conference play against MacMurray College. Webster won three sets to zero. Junior right side hitter Jory Siebenmorgen led the Gorloks with ten kills.

After a loss to Illinois College, the Gorloks continued their conference winning streak against Iowa Wesleyan College. Webster won three sets to zero behind Maria Soffner’s team-high 19 digs and Siebenmorgen’s 13 kills.

Webster University’s first conference loss came against Greenville College. The Gorloks lost three sets to two after having a two-sets-to-one lead. They followed up the loss with a win against Blackburn College three sets to zero.

The Gorloks are currently 7-8 (5-1 in conference play) and are in third place in the SLIAC conference. The Gorloks play their next game against Principia College.

Webster Cross Country

The Gorloks’ latest meet was the Augustana Invitational. The men finished 36 out of 50 teams. Sophomores Riley Flynn and Brandon Brown both had career bests in the 8,000 meters. Flynn was timed at 27 minutes and two seconds, 29 seconds faster than his previous career best. Flynn finished 155 out of 628 total runners. Brown ran a 28 minute 19 seconds 8,000 meters, 46 seconds faster than his previous career best.

The women’s cross country team finished 29 out of 50. All five runners set personal records at the meet. Junior Valerie Martin had the best finish, 46 out of 602. Her time of 23 minutes and 39 seconds was the sixth fastest time in school history.

Valerie Martin was named the SLIAC runner of the week. Martin is the first Webster female cross country runner since 2013 to win the award.

The Gorloks’ next meet is Oct. 3 in Louisville, Ky. for the Greater Louisville Classic.

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