At a Glance
This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is between Iowa Wesleyan University and Webster University in the opening weekend for soccer conference match-ups. Both teams start the week with a 4-3-1 overall record and this week's game will be their first conference contest of the 2017 season. Iowa Wesleyan and Webster will meet for the fifth time in series history. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.
Iowa Wesleyan University 'TIGERS'
Iowa Wesleyan is off to a strong start this season with a 4-3-1 overall record. The Tigers are looking to put together their best record since joining the league and increase their win total for the third straight year. Iowa Wesleyan will face Simpson on Wednesday night before opening up SLIAC play against Webster on Saturday.
The Tigers have scored the second most goals in the conference thus far, finding the back of the net 21 times. Freshmen Pablo Garcia and Fabian Sanchez are tied for the team lead with four goals while sophomore David Chaves Duran leads the team with three assists. In net Trevor Haasis has played nearly 400-minutes and made 17 saves while holding a 1.15 goals-against average.
Webster University 'GORLOKS'
Webster has opened the year with a 4-3-1 overall record and has already put together a three-game winning streak earlier this season. They face Illinois Wesleyan on Tuesday night before taking on Iowa Wesleyan in their conference opener on Saturday.
The Gorloks success has come from their defense, allowing just 10 goals this season. In net, the Gorloks are young with sophomore Kyle Hertel and freshman Matt Amick seeing the majority of the time. Offensively the Gorloks have netted just eight goals but freshman Logan Takizawa leads the way with two goals. Freshman midfielder Joacquin Soto has added two assists.
Last Meeting - November 1, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
- Webster leads the all-time series against Iowa Wesleyan 4-0.
- Iowa Wesleyan and Webster are two of just three conference teams currently with a winning overall record this season.
- At 4-3-1 in the final week of September, this marks the latest in a season the Tigers have been above .500 since joining the SLIAC.
- Webster has made the SLIAC Tournament in all four of Head Coach Mike Siener's previous seasons at the helm.
- After netting just 25 goals all of last season, the Tigers have tallied 21 goals in just eight games this year.
- Webster goalie Kyle Hertel currently ranks 3rd in the conference in goals-against average, after finishing 3rd last year as well. If he holds his place this season it would be the first time a Gorlok keeper ranked in the top five of G.A.A. in back to back seasons since Brian Woodward did so three straight years from 2012-14.