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For a span of 486 minutes, 7 seconds, Webster University freshman goalkeeper Jessica Davis did not allow a goal. Her 8-hour and 6-minute, 7-second streak began after Dominican University scored on Sept. 25, 2011. It ended nine games later on Nov. 3 when Greenville College scored in the second half of the women’s soccer team’s final game of the season.
“I had a blast this season,” Davis said. “I didn’t really think about my shutout streak or anything. I just went out there like, ‘OK, I’ve got to do my job, and that’s to stop every shot that comes near me so I don’t get scored on and we don’t lose.’ I just went out there, did my job and got my teammates the win.”
Davis allowed only four total goals in the 16 games she played. She contributed to eight Webster shutouts. Her goals-against average of .419 ranked her 11th in Division-III women’s soccer, while her .875 saves percentage ranked her 26th nationally. For her efforts, Davis was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year.
“Coming in as a freshman, I didn’t expect to get as much playing time as I did, just because I was new to the program,” Davis said. “I wasn’t expecting to get the records that I did, but I’ll take them for sure.”
Davis credited the defensive effort of her team for helping her earn the shutout streak. Webster (12-6-1 overall, 7-1 SLIAC) allowed only 16 goals all season.
“I had (senior sweeper) Izzy Sherfy in the back and (sophomore defender) Kristen Muehlenfeld and (freshman defender) Amy Schield, and they do their jobs very well,” Davis said. “I just pick up what they can’t get to. It’s not a lot, so I feel they have a big part of it and the rest of the team does.”
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