Frazier from the Field: Statesmen shoot for growth, challenges

Greg Frazier
Sports Editor

Senior Brendan Muldoon controls the ball as SLUH senior William Rudder runs up followed by senior Jack Van Dyke. Photo by Greg Frazier

Men’s soccer began the season playing against teams that result in “growth opportunities and soccer challenges,” Varsity head coach Tim Cashel said.

Following the first win of the season against Ladue on Aug. 23. In a back and forth match, Lindbergh was up one in the first half; Webster was quick to respond.

After tying it up in the second half with a penalty, Lindbergh scored again followed by a second scored penalty by Webster. “We displayed resilience in the second half and were able to tie it back up,” Cashel said.

“We came out unprepared for the speed of Lindbergh. We’re not the biggest and fastest team; we have a lot of younger guys. The season just started as well,” Cashel said.

After a calamitous 5-1 loss to Mehlville on Aug. 29, the team continued the trend into another loss against Parkway West resulting in a two-loss week the Statesmen, but that wasn’t the end for the boys in white. They turned around the trend and won against Castle, and although they tied with Evansville, they would go on to win against McCluer on Sept. 5, win against Parkway North on Sept. 7, and win against Priory on Sept. 9.

Webster played SLUH on Sept. 12.

SLUH is one of Webster’s greatest competitors, and that showed. With sophomore forward Owen Culver out of the game because of two yellow cards from the Parkway North game, the Statesmen were shorthanded. The game was stale during the first half because of senior goalkeeper Sam Gomez’s two saves, but SLUH didn’t let up. It scored the only goal of the game making it 0-1. The Statesmen had the majority of the second half to respond but did not. The game ended 0-1, a SLUH victory and a Statesmen defeat.

The Statesmen encountered a “disappointing loss,” Cashel tweeted against SLUH on Sept. 12.

Senior forward Jordan Andrews flies in the air heading the ball towards his teammate. Webster defeated Priory 1-0 on Sept. 9. The first and second halves resulted in no goals, but in overtime Andrews scored the game’s only goal. Photo by Greg Frazier

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