Conference soccer playoffs have begun, with the NCAA Division I Women’s College Soccer game the focus of this report as the players and teams prepare to represent St. Louis in the knockout stages. Lower Division players and programs as well as the Men will get their due in future reports.
On a related note, all of the televised games can be found in the Soccer on TV calendar.
Senior Kaitlyn Clark (Liberty Jays) and sophomore Sarah Luebbert (Jeff City Jays) (pictured abve) earned Southeastern Conference postseason honors. Both Clark and Luebbert claimed spots on the All-SEC Second Team, the second-consecutive season both made the second team.
In her senior season, Clark started all 18 games and has eight points on two goals and four assists, all of which came in SEC matches. She scored the game-winner in Mizzou’s win over LSU in the regular season finale to clinch a berth in the SEC Tournament. Luebbert, the 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year, started all 18 regular season games at forward and leads the Tigers with 18 points on six goals and six assists in 2017. She ranks tied for fourth in both points (12) and goals (five) in conference-only matches. READ MORE
Freshman Tess Rellihan (St Teresa) tied for second with five goals in 12 games played, Sophomore Anna Frick started 17 games (18 played) while Brynne Polivka got the start 3 times (8 games played) and Cassidy Nurnberger played in 7 matches.
Senior Ashley Parks was named the Atlantic Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year. The heart of FGCU’s backline, Parks earns the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in her career and makes it consecutive seasons on the First Team as well. The St. Louis native tallied an assist against Kent State but made her presence known by helping FGCU stay on track for one of the best seasons in ASUN history. The redshirt-senior played all but 23 minutes this season for the Green and Blue, who led the league in goals allowed, goals against average, and shutouts.
Sophomore Abbie O’Keefe (Viz) and freshman Emily Burton (St. Joe) have helped Xavier reach the Big East playoffs for the first time ever. O’Keefe assisted on both goals in the win that sealed the bid.
The SEC tournament opened this weekend and Mizzou squeaked in as the #10 seed. They opened with an upset of #7 Alabama as the enjoy the weather in Orange Beach, AL. They face #2 Texas A&M Tuesday at noon. All four Quarterfinal matches can be seen at Watch ESPN/SEC Network
Katie Kienstra and the #8 Arkansas Razorbacks knocked off #9 Ole Miss, they’ll face #1 South Carolina at 5pm, also on Watch ESPN/SEC Network
Kayleigh Stahlschmidt (Visitation) played in Northwestern’s win over Purdue as the Wildcats opened the Big Ten tournament with a win. She’s played in fifteen games with a pair of starts to go with a goal and an assist. They play Wisconsin (and Gabby Lawlor) in the semifinal on Thursday.
The West Virginia Mountaineers head into the Big 12 Tournament ranked #2 behind Oklahoma State. Sr defensive midfielder Alli Magaletta (St. Joe) put on an offensive display last week (see below) and will help lead the team into their Quarterfinal match against #7 Texas Tech. Three of her four goals this season have come in the last four games.
— WVU Women's Soccer (@wvuwomenssoccer) October 24, 2017
For Texas Tech, junior Carly Wickenheiser (17 games, all starts with 2 goals) and freshman Kirsten Davis (18 games, 15 starts and 4 goals) they’ll remember their hard fought 1-1 draw at WVU two weeks ago as they open the playoffs at Swope Soccer Village in KC this week.
Kansas enters the Big 12 tournament as the #6 seed and sophomore Madison Meador (Marquette/Ole Miss) will see action as she has in 17 games this year, with two starts. She has a pair of assists, including against Texas Tech.
The Missouri Valley Conference playoffs continue Friday with the semifinals at Missouri State in Springfield. The Bears enter as the #2 seed with five local players on their roster. Junior Kassie Flynn (St. Joe) has played in all 18 games with a pair of starts, primarily in the midfield. Redshirt sophomore Brittany Robinson (Eureka) has started all 16 games she has played in while earning an assist from her central defender role. Freshman Jacqueline Baetz (Webster Groves) broke into the starting lineup immediately and has started 17 games of 18 while serving up one assist this year.
The #5 SEMO Redhawks have advanced to the Semifinal of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Friday. They face #1 ranked Murray State at 2pm. With six locals (and 11 former SLSG players), plenty of familiar faces to follow. Junior Maddi Karstens (Howell) has again started every match (except one in September) while adding a goal and assist from the backline. Junior forward Lauren Kaempfe (Columbia) has done the same with a pair of goals in 2017. Senior Maggie Pike (Oakville) has a pair of goals in 15 games (4 starts). Freshman Amanda Orlando has appeared in 15 games and Lexi Grote (Granite City) has seven starts, with a pair of goals and three assists, in fifteen games. Her seven points place her second in scoring.
With their win at Chicago State on Sunday the UMKC ‘Roos have gone undefeated in the WAC, earning the first outright Western Athletic Conference championship for the Roos since joining the league in 2013.
Sr. Sydni Young (St. Dominic) at Right back and sophomore Erin Roth (Eureka) at GK have been a huge part of our success according to Head Coach Chris Cissell. Sr Lilly Cobb (Edwardsville) has played in over 30 matches her final two seasons with the ‘Roos.
UMKC's Erin Roth (Eureka,MO) headed to WAC conference tournament with .36 GAA .903 Winning% @SoccerSTL
— mike small (@justhedad) October 30, 2017
The Arkansas State women’s soccer team has earned the No. 4 seed in this week’s Sun Belt Conference Soccer Championship and will take on No. 5 Little Rock Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex in Foley, AL. The Red Wolves earned a 1-0 victory over Little Rock earlier this season in Jonesboro.
The No. 4 seed is the highest ever for the Red Wolves’ soccer program and marks the second straight season that the team has competed in the conference tournament under the direction of third-year head coach Brian Dooley. A-State finished the regular season with a 9-6-1 record and a 5-4-1 mark in league play for a total of 16 points.
They’ve accomplished it with nine area players on the roster. Freshman Sarah Sodoma (Parkway South) leads the team with 8 goals and 20 points while starting all 16 games, while freshman Olivia Smith (Cor Jesu) and Jr Riley Ebenroth are also full time starters. Bailey Reed (Mexico), Taylor Schneider (Lafayette) and Victoria MacIntosh (Parkway South) have 15, 13 and 14 starts and Hailey Schue has played in 15 of the 16 matches with a pair of starts. Jr Kelsey Ponder (St. Joe) has 11 starts in goal while freshman Megan McClure (Webster Groves) has 4.
They’re opponents Arkansas-Little Rock include four area players. Senior forward Quin Wilkes (O’Fallon Township) is second on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists for 11 points while starting 18 of 19 games. Jr Claire Palmer (Howell) has started 16 of her 19 games in the midfield with one assist. Sophomore Josie Verslues (Osage) and Freshman Sam Donaldson (Howell North) have each appeared in four games, with one start each.
Xavier women’s soccer’s best campaign as a member of the BIG EAST Conference came to a close on Sunday in Milwaukee, when the Musketeers fell to Marquette, 3-0, in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinal. Nate Lie’s first season as head coach at Xavier ended at 8-8-4 overall with a 4-3-2 record in the BIG EAST, as the Musketeers finished with a winning conference record for the first time since 2005 and the first conference tournament appearance since 2003.
Update – all three area players got into the playoff game, as freshman Emily Burton (St. Joe) and sophomore Abby O’Keefe (Visitation) and freshman Megan Sullivan (St Joe) have appeared in 20, 18 and 15 games respectively.
Hailey Vanderleest (Nerinx), who has now appeared in 38 games after sitting out her freshman year, came on as a substitute in the win. Sloane Carlson (Cor Jesu) played in three games this year, playing behind a Big East award winning keeper.