UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The University of Missouri–St. Louis women’s soccer team locked up the No. 5 seed in this week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament by knocking off Southwest Baptist 3-0 Sunday in the regular-season finale, which was moved to the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex amid rainy conditions. Junior midfielder Kayley Judy scored twice, getting the Tritons on the board with a goal off a feed from Kendal White in the 30th minute and adding a second tally less than five minutes later. Jada Holloman assisted on Judy’s second goal and added one of her own in the 58th minute to complete the scoring. Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Kate Neal posted her fourth shutout of the season for UMSL. The Tritons bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Drury two nights earlier at the Don Dallas Soccer Field and head into the conference tournament having won four of its past five matches. UMSL (8-5-3, 7-4-1 GLVC) will meet No. 4 seed Lewis in a quarterfinal match on Sunday in Romeoville, Illinois. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 1 in their only match of the regular season.
The Tritons had their share of struggles during Coach Josh Alderson‘s first season, losing nine consecutive matches during GLVC play. But they managed to finish on a high note over the weekend, posting back-to-back victories over Drury on Friday night and Southwest Baptist on Sunday. UMSL blanked Drury 3-0 on the Don Dallas Soccer Field behind a hat trick from Gabe Stanislawski. Junior goalkeeper Chris Harris made one save while collecting his first shutout. The Tritons then blitzed the Bearcats 9-1 at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex. Devin Livingstone scored in the sixth minute to give UMSL the upper hand, and the team exploded for eight goals in the second half – two by Ty Gordon and one each by Gus Mantia, Stanislawski, Drew Schenk, Nick Schreiber and Alex Hermann before Livingstone scored again in the 87th minute to cap the scoring. Fifth-year senior Mason Clynes got the start in goal as the Tritons celebrated the careers of six seniors, and he finished with five saves while picking up the victory. The team finished Alderson’s first season 4-9-2.
UMSL continued its dominance after climbing to No. 3 in the national rankings this week. The Tritons beat Upper Iowa 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 on the road on Friday night and followed that up with a 25-13, 25-17, 23-25, 25-11 victory at Truman State on Saturday to improve to 24-0 this season. Lexie Rang led UMSL with 12 kills against Upper Iowa, and Delaney Humm added 10. They flipped places against the Bulldogs as Humm delivered a team-high 20 kills on Saturday and Rang added 14. Sophomore setter Caitlin Bishop averaged 41 assists in the two matches, and Kylie Adams had 31 total digs. Coach Ryan Young‘s team is now 9-0 against GLVC competition and will return home this week to play Illinois Springfield on Friday and No. 21 Quincy on Saturday.
The Tritons wrapped up their fall schedule by finishing in a tie for sixth out of nine teams in the University of Findlay’s Nemacolin Intercollegiate played Monday and Tuesday at Mystic Rock Golf Club in Farmington, Pennsylvania. UMSL finished with a combined score of 903. Fifth-year senior Cyril Henault led the way in a tie for sixth with a 54-hole total of 218, and sophomore Leo Baudry tied for 12th with a total of 223. Fifth-year senior Rob Hogan also cracked the top 30 individually with a total of 231 to tie for 29th. Indianapolis’ Maverick Conway took medalist honors with a total of 211 and led the Greyhounds to the team title with a combined score of 871.
UMSL, ranked 24th in the country, finished seventh out of nine teams in the University of Findlay’s Nemacolin Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday as it concluded its fall schedule at Mystic Rock Golf Club in Farmington, Pennsylvania. The Tritons finished with a total of 946. Sophomore Wilma Zanderau was sixth individually in the 45-player field with a 54-hole total of 223. Junior Juliette Lecomte and senior Victoria Klausner were 20th and 24th, respectively, with totals of 233 and 237. Indianapolis won the team title with a combined score of 887, and Findlay’s Mary Kelly Muchay was the medalist with a total of 219.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
The Tritons swimming teams dropped dual meets against Lindenwood on Friday at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. The women lost to the Lions 113-92 while the men fell 122-83. Freshman Justice Beard had two of the women’s teams six event wins, taking first-place in both the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Freshman Kelsey Roth won the 200 free in a time of 1 minute, 58.76 seconds, freshman Ella Lantz won the 100 backstroke in 58.28 and fifth-year senior Zara Konstapel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.94. UMSL also won the 400 free relay. The men’s team, meanwhile, had four event wins. Freshman Hendrik Bechtel won the 1,650 free with a time of 16:25.31, senior Guillem Masjuan Roca claimed the top spot in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.95, senior Conley Savage was the winner in the 100 butterfly at 49.78 seconds and senior Ryan Conner won the 100 back at 52.57 seconds. The Tritons next compete against Truman State on Saturday in Kirksville, Missouri.
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