Above: Tritons get ready to defend (Courtesy of Mary Chickos/The Current)
By Mary Chickos, Staff Writer
The visiting Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles defeated the University of Missouri—St. Louis women’s soccer team 2-1 on October 25 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) competition at Don Dallas field. This ended a 12 game winning streak for the Tritons. They lost for only the second time this season, dropping to fourth place in conference standings with the final game played at Maryville on October 28. About the speed bump, midfielder Lee Strande, freshman, actuarial science, said, “We need to move on from this as we head into tournament play.”
UMSL honored 11 graduating players prior to the game, presenting them with framed pictures, awards, and flowers. The seniors included Megan Ohm, psychology and criminal justice; Sidney Allen, elementary special education; Mary Hoffmann, marketing; Katie Rapisardo, liberal studies; Kali Thomas, elementary special education; Jessica Mincher, nursing; Hunter Wagoner, social work; Cassie McFadden, nursing; Laura Hurlbut, special education; Kelly McGovern, special education; Jaylon Griffith, marketing.
The Eagles scored early into the game (8:29), netting a goal on a free kick from Kelsey Smith. Things did not get much better for the Tritons as they lost midfielder Laura Hurlbut to an injury halfway through the first period. The Eagles added another goal two minutes into the second half. With only a few minutes left, the Tritons finally got a shot on the board from Thomas, who took a short pass from Kayla Delgado, junior, liberal studies, but it was too late. Surprisingly, the Tritons outshot the Screaming Eagles 20 to eight. However, Southern Indiana goalkeeper Jackie Lohmann, in just her third game this season, had 12 saves en route to her team’s win.
Despite the loss, the Tritons are optimistic, as their strong run earlier in the season essentially shores up a spot for them in the GLVC playoff tournament. UMSL fans are excited too. After the matchup, Rob Hoffman, junior, business administration, said, “The game reflected the qualities the seniors gained during their time as Tritons. They were dealt a lot of unlucky breaks, but never gave up.” The women’s team would go on to lose the final game of the regular season at Maryville University 1-3.