NCAA-Bound: Women’s Soccer Wins SLIAC Championship, Six Named All-Conference

| November 10, 2014
The Webster University women's soccer team won their seventh SLIAC Tournament Championship on Nov. 7, earning them a NCAA tournament appearance.

The Webster University women’s soccer team won their seventh SLIAC Tournament Championship on Nov. 7, earning them a NCAA tournament appearance.

Women’s Soccer Captures SLIAC Championship – NCAA Bound

The Webster University women’s soccer team added a seventh St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Tournament Championship with a 3-1 win over Principia College on Nov. 7, at the Soccer Park. The Gorloks are headed to their 11th NCAA III Tournament appearance in the 16 years of the program’s existence, by virtue of capturing the SLIAC Championship. Kristin Montgomery netted two goals for Webster and was named tournament MVP.

Webster swept through the SLIAC regular season at 9-0, and continued its dominance over SLIAC opponents this season in the tournament, defeating #4 Westminster College, 2-1, to advance to the title bout, and then beating #3 seed Principia, 3-1. The Gorloks beat the Panthers, 4-1, in 2013 to win the SLIAC Championship. This was Webster and Principia’s sixth meeting in the title game, with the Gorloks now holding a 4-2 edge head to head with the Panthers.

The Gorloks outshot the Panthers 9-0 in the first half, with four shots on goal. They struck first on a Montgomery goal at 16:59. Montgomery took a pass from Lauren Pratt and headed it in for her 10th goal of the season.

At 51:11 in the second half, Webster extended the lead to 2-0 on a goal by Ashley Mess. Mess headed a Lindsey Adshade corner kick straight up in the air and the ball descended just in front of the Principia crossbar. As the Principia goalie reached to catch the ball, lost her grip and had to turn to catch the ball…but as she did the ball crossed the goal line for a score.

Principia made it interesting when a ball chipped into the Webster box got loose of the Gorlok defense and a Panther forward fired it past Jessica Davis to make it 2-1 at the 62:29 mark. Principia still had 27 minutes to tie the score.

But the Webster offense did not rest and kept the pressure on. Montgomery scored her second goal of the night off a cross from Adshade, to make it 3-1, with less than seven minutes to play to secure the game and the championship. For Montgomery, it was her 11th, giving her the team lead on the season, and the 42nd goal of her career. She moved into sixth place on Webster’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Sarah Talbot (1999-2002), who had 40.

Adshade, who led the SLIAC with 11 assists, picked up her 12th and 13th. That ties her for eighth place on Webster’s single season all-time high list for assists.

Webster wound up outshooting Principia, 24-3, for the game, with 13 shots on goal, and had eight corners to none for the Panthers.

Davis, who was one of six Gorloks named to the SLIAC All-Conference First Team (see related story), picked up the win in goal and is 9-2-2 on the year.  She is now 44-13-3 in her career at Webster. In addition to Montgomery being named MVP, Adshade, Pratt and Whitney Scott were named to the 2014 SLIAC All-Tournament Team.

Webster is 14-4-3 overall and now awaits word from the NCAA on where they will land in the Tournament and who its opponent will be. The Tournament selection show will air live on ncaa.com at noon on Monday, Nov. 10.

Gorloks Land Six on SLIAC Women’s Soccer First-Team All-Conference
Dye and Schield Players of the Year
The Gorloks earned numerous SLIAC post-season honors.

The Gorloks earned numerous SLIAC post-season honors, including Kayla Dye and Amy Schield named Players of the Year.

The Webster University women’s soccer team’s 9-0 run through the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) in 2014 did not go unnoticed as six members earned First-Team All-Conference honors, and 10 players total were recognized. Forward Kayla Dye was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and defender Amy Schield named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Conference. Dye also cashed in with the 2014 SLIAC Newcomer of the Year award. Dye leads the Gorloks in goals (10) and points (29) in her inaugural collegiate campaign. Schield, anchored a Webster defense that allowed only one goal in nine league games.  Schield was also a First-Team choice in 2012 and Second-Team in 2013.

Dye was one of two Gorlok freshmen receiving First-Team recognition as midfielder Brianna Pagan also earned a spot. Dye becomes the ninth Gorlok to be named Newcomer of the Year in the 20 years the award has been given. Pagan was also named to the 2014 SLIAC Women’s Soccer All-Sportsmanship Team.

Forward Lauren Pratt, midfielder Lindsey Adshade, Schield, and goalkeeper Jessica Davis were First-Team picks as well. Pratt has six goals and seven assists, and is third on the team in scoring with 19 points. Pagan was third on the team with eight goals, and fourth with 18 points. Adshade let the SLIAC in assists with 11 for the season. Davis was 5-0 in SLIAC play, with four shutouts, and not allowing a goal in all five decisions. This was the third straight year for Davis as a First-Team selection.

Forward Kristin Montgomery, who is second on the team in goals (9) and points (23), earned Second-Team honors, along with freshman defender Elena Bloma, who was another anchor on the stout Webster defense. Taking Third Team honors were midfielder Lauren Nuelle and junior defender Ashley Mess.

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