Senior defender Nick Schreiber and junior midfielder Gabe Stanislawski each scored in the first 10 minutes Friday night as the University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s soccer team blitzed visiting Quincy in what became a 4-1 victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match played on Don Dallas Field. Senior forward Arman Kovac tacked on two more goals before halftime against Quincy, raising his season total to four. But the Tritons couldn’t carry the momentum from that victory into Sunday’s match against visiting Illinois Springfield, losing 1-0 despite 10 saves from Austin Reis, the reigning GLVC Defensive Player of the Week. UMSL (3-3-1, 2-1 GLVC) will next play at home against William Jewell on Friday and visit Truman State on Sunday.
The Tritons split a pair of home matches over the weekend, blanking Quincy 2-0 on Friday and losing to Illinois Springfield 1-0 on Sunday. Senior midfielder Maya Ware got UMSL on the board with a goal in the ninth minute Friday, and senior Jalyn Richardson added another goal in the 87th minute. It was her team-leading third this season. Goalkeeper Paige Schwartz combined for seven saves and did not allow a goal while playing all of Friday night’s match and half of Sunday’s. The Tritons (3-4, 1-2 GLVC) will play host to William Jewell on Friday and visit Truman State on Sunday.
UMSL opened GLVC play by sweeping Illinois Springfield on the road Friday, winning 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, but the Tritons fell in four sets 25-23, 12-25, 25-17, 25-21 on Saturday at Quincy. Senior outside hitter Charlotte Richards combined for a team-high 27 kills in the two matches. Lexie Rang added nine kills and a team-best 14 digs in the win against Illinois Springfield. Caitlin Bishop finished the weekend with 81 assists. UMSL (8-4) continues conference play by playing host to Truman State on Friday and William Jewell on Saturday.
The 23rd-ranked Tritons opened their fall season by finishing eighth in the University of Indianapolis Fall Invitational held last Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis. UMSL finished with a combined score of 51-over-par 915 in the 54-hole tournament, won by Dallas Baptist with a three-round total of 860. Freshman Wilma Zanderau led the Tritons by finishing in a tie for 18th place with a total of 225, and sophomore Tove Brunell also cracked the top 25, tying for 21st with a total of 227. Juliette Lecomte finished a shot back in a tie for 26th. The Tritons are back on the course this week, playing in the Dallas Baptist Invitational, which teed off this morning in Denton, Texas.
Men’s and women’s cross country
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2022 seasons at the Bradley Intercollegiate at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois, with the men placing third and the women fourth in their respective nine-team fields. Junior Benjamin VandenBrink was UMSL’s highest men’s finisher, coming in fourth in a time of 24 minutes, 15 seconds in the 8-kilometer race. Kayley Heeter paced the women’s team, finishing in a time of 19:31 in the 5-kilometer race to finish 19th, and teammate Peyton Brueck also cracked the top 25 with a time of 20:21. The Tritons will return to competition this Friday in the McKendree Bearcat Classic in Lebanon, Illinois.