The Webster University women’s soccer team wrapped up its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) season undefeated with a 13-0 win against the Iowa Wesleyan College (Iowa.) Tigers. The 13 goals is the fourth highest goal total in Webster women’s soccer history, according Webster Athletics women’s soccer record book.
Senior defender Kristen Muehlenfeld received some playing time as a forward in the second half of the match. She headed her first ever collegiate goal from a Lauren Pratt cross pass. Muehlenfeld said usually she is celebrating her teammates’ goals.
“It was nice to be on the other end of things for a change,” Muehlenfeld said. “I mean I get excited when everyone on the team scores but it was nice to see what it feels like for once.”
The Gorloks locked up the No. 1 seed in the SLIAC Tournament earlier this week with a 1-0 victory against the Westminster College Blue Jays. One of the women’s soccer teams’ goals of the season was to win the SLIAC regular season without a loss. Associate Head Coach Mike Hutchison said the SLIAC tournament gives the four teams remaining a clean slate.
“Everybody (in the SLIAC tournament) feels like they have a chance,” Hutchison said.
The Tigers had eight players represent the whole team against the Gorloks. Hutchison said the game did not provide much of a test for the players, and the practices have been close to game speed since Monday.
“That’s going to be ultimately our best preparation,” Hutchison said.
The Gorloks host the Fontbonne Griffins in the semifinal round of the SLIAC Tournament at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Soccer Park. With the home-field advantage, Hutchison said the team will have an advantage because of the Soccer Park’s field turf compared to other SLIAC teams playing on grass. The Soccer Park’s field is about 5 yards wider than Centene Stadium, home of the Griffins. Hutchison said playing on the Soccer Park field against Fontbonne will force them to isolate their defense compared to a collective team defense they play.
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