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HHS grad Ferguson nets SLIAC Player of Year honors at Webster

Webster University senior Allison Ferguson
Webster University senior Allison Ferguson

Webster University women’s soccer senior forward Allison Ferguson, a 2013 graduate of Highland High School, recenty took home some hardware after earning St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) 2016 Player of the Year honors.

Ferguson was named the Player of the Year after scoring 12 goals and two assists for the Gorloks. Ferguson had the rare feat of scoring a goal against all nine SLIAC foes as the team went 9-0. Ferguson was named to the First Team All-Conference for her efforts.

“As far as my personal campaigns I can’t even put into words how amazing this season has been,” she said. “Nothing I have accomplished this season would have been possible without the support of my teammates, coaches, friends, or family. Just being given the opportunity to play for a team of this caliber and to represent a school that has given me so much is truly an honor. My awards and accomplishments this season mean nothing without all of that. I’m just happy I have been able to give back to the people that have given me so much in the last four years.”

On Friday at the Soccer Park, Ferguson and Webster (13-7) realized their goal of capturing their 12th overall SLIAC Tournament championship with a 2-1 win over Fontbonne University . The Gorloks will now make their 12th trip to the NCAA Division III Womene’s Soccer National Championships in the 17 years of the program’s existence.

Webster will open the national tourney at the University of Chicago (15-3) this Saturday at 11 a.m.

The win for Webster was its ninth SLIAC Tournament championship, and 12th SLIAC Championship overall. There was no SLIAC Tournament from 2000-2003, and the Gorloks won the league title in all four of those seasons. Webster, which won its fourth straight SLIAC regular-season title this season with Ferguson helping lead the way, has won 12 overall, tying Principia College for the most in SLIAC women’s soccer history.

“For me, this team means everything,” Ferguson said. “We faced a lot of adversity throughout our September preseason and being able to come together and accomplish what we have in our conference play is incredible. These girls are amazing both on and off the field and I am so lucky to end my career with this team. Our coaches push us because they see potential and believe in us. Having that support ensures a certain amount of confidence in our play, and allows us to believe that we can accomplishment so much.”

In the 2-1 win over Fontbonne in the SLIAC tourney championship game on Friday, Ferguson assisted on the game-winning goal that the 60:52 mark. Sydney Tedesco sent a cross and Ferguson flicked it to Kayla Dyle, who nailed the shot for her sixth tally of the year.

The Gorloks actually trailed in the game when a defensive laps allowed the Griffins an open shot just outside the goal box for the game’s first goal. That would turn out to be Fontbonne’s only shot of the half.