After a lengthy road stint, the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team came back home and put on a show against Missouri St. Louis. Friday afternoon’s contest saw the team score in bunches, winning 5-0.
The game started off strongly for UW-Parkside. An early chance was created after a one-two, between Crystal Chalery and Kelsey Armour, sprung the junior striker free onto the right wing. This passage of play was broken up, but repeated minutes later. In the eighth minute, Megan Owens picked out an open Stephanie Barsuli off the same wing. Barusli’s cross into the box found Crystal Chalery in the box for an unstoppable header. It marked Chalery’s first goal of the season.
After getting the first goal of her season during the road stretch, senior striker Shannon Becker looked like the sniper she always has been. In the thirty-second minute, Becker took advantage of some sloppy passing between Missouri St. Louis defenders. She pounced after the miscue, set up a one-on-one with the keeper, and slammed home the second goal of the match.
Come the second half, it appeared the two-headed monster at the front of the offense wanted to take over the game. Having each scored already, Becker and Chalery notched home their second goals of the game within ten minutes of each other. At the fifty-first minute, Becker beat the Missouri St. Louis high line. After receiving a through ball from Natalie Brown, Becker was completely free on goal. She couldn’t miss a chance like that, and didn’t. In the sixty-first minute, similar circumstances set the stage for Chalery to teach Fernando Torres how it’s done. She stepped aside of Missouri St. Louis keeper Hanna Sayre, and dropped in her second goal of the match.
“When you play a high line with Shannon [Becker] and Crystal [Chalery] you’re just asking for trouble,” said UW-Parkside women’s head coach Troy Fabiano. “I thought we actually played a complete game today.”
Stephanie Barsuli finished the afternoon off for Parkside with her fourth goal of the season. Barsuli found herself on the end of a free kick taken by Shannon Becker and the end result would call for the end of Hanna Sayre’s misery in net for the Tritons of Missouri St. Louis.
This sets the stage at Wood Road Field for Maryville University. Considering today’s contest looked to be the toughest GLVC bout of the weekend, you can only draw conclusions as to what the scoreline might look like Sunday afternoon against an opponent who is 0-6-1 overall (0-4, within the GLVC). Make it your destination before the Bears and Packers game for sure!
“We need to have the same performance we had today, and we’ll be OK,” said an enthused coach Fabiano.