Frazier from the Field: Women’s soccer start season with win streak

Greg Frazier
Sports Columnist

Senior Ava Burke strikes the ball down midfield for an advance by the Statesmen over McCluer on April 21, resulting in a 10-0 halftime close. Photo by Greg Frazier

Women’s soccer began the season with a lead by defending the Selma field against Kirkwood with a 5-0 shutout on April 20 behind new varsity head coach Thom Champion.

Last spring, there were two seniors on the Varsity roster. Now there are nine seniors on the 23 player roster.

The majority of the goal scorers have been sophomores.

Sophomore forward Emma Atherton and Sophomore forward Gretchen Skoglund have been the top goalscorers so far in the season with a combined 17 goals and 13 assists as of April 18.

Atherton contributed to the 5-1 score against Mehlville on April 4, with two goals and two assists.

“We’re starting out well, but we can be better,” senior left wing Maggie Nash said. “I think we’ll continue the win streak.”

Webster was able to defeat Kirkwood on April 20, a 5-0 victory winning the annual battle for the Shapleigh Cup and contributing to their 11-0 record as of April 25.

After a heavy rain delaying the game on April 15, Webster dominated the pitch against McCluer. Having a 10-goal lead at halftime resulting in a cancellation of the game.

Junior Ian Thompson said, “I didn’t get my money’s worth, but they kicked the ball good and scored good.”

“Is that State I hear? Also soccer is cool,” senior Kurt Krautman said.

“A slippery pitch where a match between two experienced teams collided,” Junior Brendan Muldoon said.
Webster’s last four games are all home. They’re playing against Ladue (May 1), Visitation (May 6), Pattonville (May 8), and Parkway West (May 10).

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