Above: UMSL keeping the pressure on Bellarmine (Courtesy of Mary Chickos/The Current)
By Mary Chickos, Staff Writer
The University of Missouri—St. Louis women’s soccer team played the #19 nationally ranked Division II Bellarmine Knights in Great Lake Valley Conference (GLVC) play at UMSL on October 23. Goals were scored by the Tritons in the first half of play by Kayla Delgado, junior, liberal studies, and McKayla Harder, freshman, psychology. Miriam Taylor, junior, accounting, and Sidney Allen, senior, elementary special education, were credited with assists on their teammates’ scoring.
The Tritons got the first goal of the game thanks to Delgado, who shot it from 25 yards out, only minutes into the match. Bellarmine responded with a 10-minute equalizing cross from their leading goal scorer, Gorham. Freshman phenom Harder attacked with her ninth goal of the season on a give-and-go from Allen and Taylor, shooting a goal past Bellarmine goalkeeper Taylor Smith who, before Friday, had only allowed four goals all season.
The score was tied at 2-2 heading into halftime and remained that way throughout the second half of the game. Several 10 minute overtime sessions were added to the end of the game to try to untie the score, but it continued to remain even. During the night there were 13 shots on goal in total. But Wendy Dillinger, the Tritons’ head coach, thought her team played well, saying, “This was a well fought game and a great matchup. I am proud of this team. We will bounce back and play on Sunday. Tied games are common in soccer matches.”
Several UMSL players were given recognition as GLVC offensive players of the week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The NSCAA recognizes talented high school and college players who have excelled in the classroom in addition to their work on the field. Taylor was one of the Tritons recognized. Along with her assist on Friday, she had three goals and two assists in wins over Drury and Missouri University of Science and Technology last weekend, scoring the game win in both matches.
Harder was also recognized as offensive player of the week. The Tritons can attribute many of their recent wins to Harder, who scored the second highest amount of points after Taylor. The Mount Zion, Illinois native played a part in the Tritons outscoring their opponents 44 to eight over the regular season.
At the conclusion of the women’s soccer match, Jan and Joan Gettemeyer were inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. There was a brief ceremony on the field for the induction and both wore green jackets for the occasion. Both were three-time all-American soccer players at UMSL and inspired Dillinger.
The Tritons concluded their season on October 25 in another home contest versus Southern Indiana. Prior to the match, UMSL honored their eleven seniors.