By Roderick M. Wilbon, Sports Editor
University of Missouri-St. Louis Men’s Soccer team just wrapped up their season. The team played well and to the best of their ability. The team’s defense coming into this season was a new formation. It was a concern in the beginning of the season, but they seemed to have gelled. The Lady Tritons have a much longer road to building a conference tournament competing team.
The Men went 5-8-3 overall and 5-7-2 in conference play. The team would miss a chance to go to nationals, miss the Great Lakes Valley Conference too. After this season the team will be in a rebuild mode. The Captain Nick Werner, senior, business, minor psychology, will graduate. He is a Triton’s midfielder and playmaker. Pat Ries, senior, business, minor psychology, is the Triton’s team leading goal-scorer forward who is graduating, too. A few more seniors are on the team, leading to next season’s team looking totally different.
Some good did come out of this season. Ries was named a First Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection. Ries made the Second Team All-GLVC last year as the leading scorer. He garnered GLVC Player of the Week September 11, after winning two games during opening weekend of league play. Ries was also named as UMSL’s James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award nominee.
The Lady Tritons went 5-7-4 overall and 4-7-3 in conference play. The season was going to be hard for them anyway from the start. The team was without the captain McKayla Harder, junior, psychology, for a good portion. She was last year’s Third Team All-GLVC. She was out with a broken fibula and rehabbing itself takes a while. They had a lot of newcomers to the team and after being to the National Collegiate Athletic Association twice in the last two years.
This season had a bright spot though with Emily Mosier, senior, social work, minor in psychology and sociology. Mosier was named as an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Third Team player. This is her second consecutive award, starting all 16 games for the Tritons. She also finished second on the team in goals.
Mosier played 73 games in four years as a Lady Triton, helping UMSL to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Even though she’s defensive position player she has always been an offensive threat. She had 10 goals and three assists, but she had a better record on defense with 25 Triton shutouts. Mosier has also been named as UMSL’s James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award. We are looking forward to next year’s soccer teams.