Webster University junior Allison Ferguson contributed to a pair of late goals, including netting the game winner with slightly more than a minute and a half remaining to lift the Gorloks to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Westminster College at the Soccer Park, on Tuesday of last week.
The win put the Gorloks alone in first place atop the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference At press time, Webster was 6-0 in SLIAC and 10-4 overall. The Gorloks have won 25 straight games in the SLIAC dating back to 2012.
In addition at press time, Webster had won five in a row this season, eight of their past nine overall and and was ranked 10th in the NSCAA Central Region.
In the comeback win voer Westminster, Ferguson, a 2013 graduate of Highland High School, scored the game-winner with only 1:37 remaining in the contest. On a free kick from the right side placed to the weak side corner off the foot of senior Ashley Mess (a Northwest High School grad in St. Louis), the ball went through the box and Ferguson ran into it and volleyed it in for her fourth goal of the year.
The Gorloks had tied the game with 15:45 minutes left in regulation and Ferguson played a key role in that equalizer as well. The Highland native took a shot from inside the right corner of the Westminster box that was tipped by the Blue Jay goalie, and Webster junior Kellie Cardine, a grad of DeKalb High School in Chicago, was on the doorstep to fire it in. For Cardine, it was her second straight game with a goal, giving her two on the year.
Westminster took a 1-0 lead 20 minutes into the first half, and it held up for a halftime lead. The Blue Jays had a cross into the box that was punched by Gorlok keeper Robin Bolme (SO, Smyrna, TN/Blackmon HS). Both teams had three shots in the half, with each team making one save.
“Our team this year is young but I believe we are very strong,” Ferguson said. “We lost a lot of talent last year but our upperclassmen have stepped up and shown leadership on the field and our underclassmen have brought a great amount of talent and energy to our play. We come out everyday to compete, win, and accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. I am confident that this team has what it takes to do all of that and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season takes us.”
Ferguson said the team’s ultimate goal is to get into the national tournament and make it past the first round and beyond, but they have to take care of business in the SLIAC.
“To do that, we have to win the conference tournament and host the conference tournament for the third year in a row,” she said. “Winning conference is the first goal we have to accomplish so that we are able to host the (conference) tournament.”