Women’s soccer hosts Quincy in first round of GLVC tournament

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James Tananan Kamnuedkhun

Lindenwood huddles up during their final game of the regular season against Lewis on April 19.

Dominic Hoscher, Sports Editor

In their second season in the conference, Lindenwood women’s soccer is heading to the GLVC tournament.

Katie Juhlin (left) takes on a Lewis player on April 19. (James Tananan Kamnuedkhun)

Lindenwood enters as the fourth seed after finishing the regular season with a 9-2-3 record, including a 5-1-1 mark at home. The Lions come in on a two game winning streak, with wins over Indianapolis– who were ranked No. 24 at the time– and Lewis. 

Quincy will be their opening round opposition, as the Hawks come in as the fifth seed in the tournament. They wrapped up the regular season with a 2-2 draw at Missouri S&T, giving the side a record of 7-4-3.

The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 28 in Lindenwood’s home opener, where the Lions earned a 1-0 victory thanks to a first half Mia Corrigan goal. The 1-0 scoreline was a familiar one for a Lindenwood team that was dominant defensively, as they won by that score on seven different occasions.

Among other teams in the conference, Lindenwood ranked first in terms of goals allowed, conceding just six goals on the season. Their goals against average of around .362 ranks 22nd in the NCAA.

Grace Blair (#8) makes a move past a defender in the final game of the women’s soccer regular season on April 19 against Lewis. (James Tananan Kamnuedkhun)

On the other hand, the Hawks were tied for eighth in the GLVC in goals allowed with 14, but were led by a strong offense that tallied the fifth most goals with 17 in 14 games. Quincy has scored at least two goals in three of their last four games.

Three separate players were tied for a team-high in goals for the visitors, with Maddie Bauer, Lauren Crane, and Riley Hayes all finding the back of the net four times each. Hayes also led the team in assists with three, while Crane was right behind her with two. 

Lindenwood was paced up top by sister duo Morgan and Maggie Weller. Maggie scored five goals to lead the team, a tally that is also tied for the fifth most in the GLVC. Morgan was the team leader in assists along with defender Alaina White and Corrigan, all tallying three each. 

Center back duo Jill Wipke and Kaleigh Kastberg helped lead the team to having the top ranked defense in the conference. Behind them, Sam Blazek in goal played in all 14 games and started in seven (after other goalkeeper Megan Swanson suffered a season-ending injury), collecting 52 saves (91% save percentage) and allowed just five goals in nearly 1000 minutes played. 

Kaitlyn Weinrich (#21) lines up a shot from outside the penalty area against Lewis on April 19. (James Tananan Kamnuedkhun)

All-time, Lindenwood is 1-3 against Quincy, with that win in late-February ending their three game losing streak against the Hawks. This dated back to their first meeting in 2010, with the two others coming in 2013 and 2019. 

Monday night’s game is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m. at Hunter Stadium. The winner will compete in the semi finals on Friday night, which will also be held at Lindenwood. The final will take place on Sunday at Hunter Stadium as well.