SLIAC Weekend: Three Webster Teams Heading to First

Three athletic teams are competing for regional championships this weekend

Three of Webster’s athletic teams are competing for regional championships in the next 48 hours.

Webster University’s Women’s Soccer Team has qualified for the championship round of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament (SLIAC) to be held tomorrow, and the Men’s Soccer Team is competing in the SLIAC championship tonight.

The Women’s Volleyball team will play in the SLIAC semifinals Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Soccer

Gorlok Soccer PlayerThe Women’s Soccer Team qualified for the SLIAC Conference Tournament Final Thursday night  with  a 2-0 win over Fontbonne University in the semifinals. This advances the team to the SLIAC championship round for the second straight year and the eighth time in 10 years.

The Gorloks entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Webster will host No. 3-seeded Principia in the title game Saturday (Nov. 9) at Noon. The winner of that game receives the SLIAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Webster has won its last 10 games and outscored its opponents 54-3 during that stretch. The Gorloks have scored 85 goals this season (4.25 per game) while conceding 11 (0.55 per game). Entering tonight's semifinal, Webster had the sixth-highest scoring offense and the 32nd-best goals-against average nationally in NCAA Division III.

The Gorloks (18-2 overall, 9-0 SLIAC) have the 10th-best won-loss-tied percentage in the nation (.900). That percentage is the second highest in program history, behind only the 2001 Webster squad that went 18-1-1 (.925 won-loss-tied percentage). Webster's 18 victories this season also tie the '01 squad for the most in school history.

Webster is seeking its second consecutive SLIAC tournament championship title and sixth in nine years.

Webster and Principia have faced off in the SLIAC tournament title game four times with each school winning twice. All four games went into overtime, and two were decided by penalty kicks. Webster won both penalty-kick shootouts by a 5-4 score.

Men’s Soccer

Gorlok Men's Soccer TeamFor the second time in as many years, the Webster University Men's Soccer Team defeated Fontbonne University by a goal to move on to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship. The winner of that game receives the SLIAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
 
The No. 3-seeded Gorloks bested No. 2-seeded Fontbonne 2-1 on a cold and windy afternoon Wednesday (Nov. 6) at Centene Stadium in Clayton. Webster finished the regular season in a three-way tie for first place but was seeded third in accordance with the conference tie-breaker criteria.
 
Webster plays in the championship at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 8) against Westminster. By virtue of its No. 1 seed, Westminster will be the host. Webster (14-3-3 overall, 8-1 SLIAC) defeated Westminster 1-0 on Oct. 29.
  

Webster, the defending SLIAC tournament champion, defeated Fontbonne 1-0 in last year's conference tournament semifinals. The Gorloks are appearing in their ninth SLIAC tournament championship and gunning for their third title in five years and fifth overall.
 
Webster, ranked ninth in the Central Region according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has won 11 of its last 12 games. The Gorloks are 14-1-3 this season against Division III opponents.

Women’s Volleyball

Gorlok Women's Volleyball TeamIn a preview of the conference tournament, the Women’s Volleyball Team beat Westminster College, 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 25-18) Wednesday (Nov. 6) in Fulton.
 
The same two teams square off Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The match is 4 pm at Greenville, Ill. If Webster wins, the championship match follows at 7 p.m..
 
Webster is aiming to win the SLIAC championship for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in eight years. The tournament winner receives the SLIAC's automatic berth for the NCAA Division III national tournament.
 
This is the second time this season Webster has beaten Westminster. The Gorloks prevailed in five sets in a home contest Sept. 18. Tonight, Webster improved its record to 24-8 overall, one win away from the school record set in 2007.
 
Webster finishes the regular season with a 16-2 record in conference play, good for second place. This is the third time the Gorloks have ever won 16 conference matches in a season.
 
Webster had a team total of 78 digs, its fifth highest of the season, and third highest in a four-set match.

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