The Webster University Men’s soccer team finished off their conference schedule undefeated with a 1-0 win against Fontbonne on Nov. 1. Senior Mike Wells scored the lone goal to give the Gorloks the win.
As regular season conference champions, Webster will host the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament at the St. Louis Soccer Park (SLIAC).
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Their first game in the tournament is against Fontbonne, a familiar foe for the Gorloks in the SLIAC tournament. They have faced each other in the first round of the last two tournaments.
Head Coach Mike Seiner said the familiarity goes beyond college competition.
“We tend to get the same kind of kids, and a lot of these kids tend to play club ball together, played in high school together or played against each other,” Siener said. “So this is the third time they played against each other, but a lot of them have played against each other for eight years now.”
The Gorloks hope to use their home field advantage to win the tournament and move on to the NCAA tournament later this month. Seiner and senior Tyler Brown said they had some difficulty adjusting to field conditions in the SLIAC tournament last season, but they should have no problems with the artificial turf of the soccer park.
The Webster University women’s soccer team capped a perfect record in the SLIAC with a 2-0 victory over Fontbonne University on Nov. 1. The Gorloks dominated the month of October with seven consecutive wins—allowing only a single goal in the process.
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Women’s soccer Head Coach Luigi Scire praised freshmen Elena Bloma and Rachael Ainsworth for their contributions to the team.
“(Bloma) is one of the best defenders, not only in the conference, but in the region,” Scire said.
The team also excels in scoring. They have outscored their opponents this season 65-13.
Three players have scored eight or more goals for the Gorloks this season, Kayla Dye with ten, Kristin Montgomery with eight and Brianna Pagan with eight. They have been the top goal scorers, but Scire said the offense starts in the back.
“Defensively we have many individuals who do the blue collar things on the pitch,” Scire said. “Because of the way we play defense, and the high pressure on the defensive side, that opens up opportunities for the offense. “
Fresh off their trip from the University of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Webster University volleyball team faced two conference opponents who had already defeated them this season, Westminster College and Greenville College. On Oct. 28 the volleyball team defeated Westminster three games to none, but fell to conference leaders, Greenville on Oct. 30.
Webster has won 19 games so far, and if they defeat Fontbonne University on Nov. 4 they will reach the 20-win plateau for the third straight season.
Webster has looked strong for much of the season, but Head Coach Merry Graf said they will need to be playing their best as the season nears its end.
“At this point I think we all know that we’re capable of doing great things,” Graf said. “It’s just a matter of putting it all together and playing consistently.”
Webster, who finished second in the SLIAC, will play Westminster on Nov. 8 in Greenville, Illinois, in the semifinals of the SLIAC Tournament, a tournament Webster has won three years in a row.
Graf said that the University of Oshkosh Wisconsin Tournament was a difficult tournament, but one that can help prepare the team for the rest of the season, and post season.
“It’s (the Universiity of Oshkosh Wisconsin tournament) a challenging tournament, but I think at that time of year, it’s important to continue to push and try and raise the level of the team,” Graf said.