Webster University played host to Westminster College in the conference tournament on Saturday at Soccer Park in Fenton, MO. The game was a rematch of last year’s first round conference game in which Webster beat Westminster 1-0.
This game had an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. Westminster College was coming off a hard fought OT win at Greenville on Thursday as Junior defender Jason Joshua netted home a diving header 3 minutes into OT. Webster was coming off a 1-0 victory over Fontbonne University as Junior Midfielder Carlos Espinosa was able to find the net in the 21st minute and Webster was able to see out the rest of the game with no issues.
The two teams had met earlier in the season at Westminster with Westminster walking away with a 1-0 overtime win as Sophmore transfer Jacob Applebaum scored from 40 yards out. The first half of the game was a bit slow. Each sides defense came ready to make huge tackles in the box. For Westminster the game had a similar feeling to the one two nights ago in Greenville where they looked as they needed to find their legs at first but once they got settled in they started to control the game a little better. Both teams had chances but nothing came from either team. The half ended 0-0.
The second half Westminster Coach Martin Clayes decided to substitute sophomore goalie Caleb Marquis for senior goalie Frank Bowman. Clayes has made this change numerous times throughout the season and did so during the Greenville game as well without any worries. Bowman seemed a little on edge and it proved costly as his first time to touch the ball he bobble a cross that fell to Webster forward Pat McCaffery who tapped home the easy goal. It was McCaffery’s 5th goal of the season.
The goal lit a flame under the Blue Jay’s offense and they started to pressure offensively. Defender Conner Hollrah began to push forward down the left side of the pitch, which gave the Webster defense some issues. In the 70th minute Westminster’s senior forward Chad Miller was in on goal when he was taken to the ground. The referee did not see the tackle to be unfair and a corner was given. This was a crucial point in the game as this could have brought the Blue Jays even. Nothing came from the corner and the Gorlocks were on the attack.
It looked as though Webster were going to go up another goal but captain Tyler Walker made a goal line clearance that kept the game at 1-0 and within reach. In the 75th minute the Blue Jays switched to three defenders to try and get some more offensive chances. The chances came for Westminster but it left the defense slightly exposed.
Webster took advantage of this fact and were on the attack in the 81st minute. A weak clearance and a deflected shot left keeper Bowman flat footed off of his line and McCaffery with his second goal of the game. Bowman was subbed out and Marquis back in but the damage was already done. The Blue Jays switched to two in the back to see if they could get anything but the game ended 2-0. Both teams played hard and neither deserved to lose but the Gorlocks had luck on their side.
Webster now awaits the NCAA tournament selection on November 5th to see who they will play next.
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