Press Release MIAA Conference:
The season will getunderway this week for MIAA women's soccer.
#11 Central Missouri faces top ten opponent in the opening week
Sept. 6: #11 UCM at Winona State 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: #11 UCM vs. #6 Minnesota State 12 p.m.
#11 Central Missouri, who won the MIAA regular season championship, opensthe year on the road with match-ups with Winona State and #6 Minnesota State.The defending MIAA Champions led the league in defense last year allowing just0.57 goals per game. Morgan Hartzler and Jessica Grindstaff both return in netfor UCM. On the offensive side of the ball Becky Lackey had seven goals andfour assists last season. Carly Stanley also returns after scoring five goalsand adding six assists last season.
#23 Central Oklahoma starts at home before hitting the road
Sept. 5: #23 UCO vs. Oklahoma Christian 4 p.m. Sept. 7: #23UCO at William Jewell 1 p.m.
Sept. 9: #23 UCO at Upper Iowa 12 p.m.
#23 Central Oklahoma will open the season at home before hitting the road fortwo straight during week one. The Bronchos were well balanced last seasonfinishing third in the league in goals scored and goals allowed. They mustreplace, however, a goal keeper that allowed just 0.60 goals per game. Theirtop returning scorer is forward Kate Foran who scored five goals and added twoassists. She will be joined up front by Kimberly Linder who had four goals andone assist during the 2012 campaign.
Emporia State opens the year on the road
Sept. 6: ESU vs. Missouri St. Louis 6 p.m.
Sept. 8: ESU vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State 11 a.m. Sept. 10: ESU vs.Drury 2 p.m.
Emporia State will open the year in St. Charles, Mo. where they face MissouriSt. Louis and Northwestern Oklahoma State before returning home to face Drury.For the Hornets offensively Elizabeth High scored four goals and added anassist. Jordan Foutch led the team in assists with three on the year. In goalESU must replace Nikki Schmitz as Melanie Nuessen and Kayla Wegman both sawtime during the 2012 season.
Fort Hays State opens the year with two at home
Sept. 6: FHSU vs. Southwest Minnesota State 6 p.m.
Sept. 8: FHSU vs. Sioux Falls 11 a.m. Sept. 10: FHSU at Northwestern OklahomaState 4 p.m.
Fort Hays State will open the season with two straight on their home field asthey welcome Southwest Minnesota and Sioux Falls before hitting the road. Theyreturn their top offensive player from 2012 in Jordan Hester who scored 10 goalsand added four assists. In goal FHSU, who won the MIAA tournament, returnsNicole Barnaba who allowed just 11 goals in 13 starts for a 0.75 goals againstaverage. She posted a 10-3 record as the Tigers allowed just 20 goals in 22games on the season good for the league's fourth best defense.
Lindenwood will open the 2013 season at home
Sept. 6: LWU vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State 8 p.m.
Sept. 8: LWU vs. Missouri St. Louis 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10: LWU atIllinois-Springfield 6 p.m.
Lindenwood will open the 2013 campaign with two straight on their home fieldbefore hitting the road. The Lions top offensive returner is Bailey Cody whoscored seven goals and had four assists. They also return Haley Stewart who hadfour goals and three assists. In between the pipes LWU will look to JordanGnolfo and Bailey Tracy who each saw time during the 2012 season.
Missouri Southern opens the season in Joplin
Sept. 6: MSSU vs. Southwestern Oklahoma State 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: MSSU vs. Augustana 12 p.m.
Missouri Southern opens the 2013 season at home against Southwestern OklahomaState and Augustana. The Lions top returning scorer is Tiffany Laughlin whoscored a goal and had seven assists. Dana Wilhelm scored two goals and addedtwo assists. Abby Risner and Beth Hammons each saw time in goal last seasonaveraging 2.00 goals against as they each played 808 minutes.
Missouri Western opens the year on the road in Minnesota
Sept. 6: MWSU at Bemidji State 4 p.m.
Sept. 8: MWSU at Minnesota State Moorhead 12 p.m.
Sept. 10: MWSU vs. William Jewell 7 p.m.
Missouri Western will open the season on the road in Minnesota before returninghome to face William Jewell. Their top returner on offense is Katie Kempf whohad four goals and two assists. The Griffons also return K.C. Ramsell who hadfour assists last season. In goal Rayelin Garcia returns after playing one gamebetween the pipes for the Griffons.
Nebraska-Kearney gets things started at home
Sept. 6: UNK vs. Sioux Falls 2 p.m.
Sept. 8: UNK vs. Southwest Minnesota State 1 p.m.
Nebraska-Kearney opens the 2012 season at home when they face Sioux Falls andSouthwest Minnesota State. They are led on offense by Montanna Hosterman whoscored four goals and had three assists. Ashton Pawloski and Tara Knowlton eachhad three goals and four assists last year. In goal Katelin Mielke appeared insix matches last season for the Lopers.
Northeastern State starts at home, then hits the road
Sept. 6: NSU vs. Augustana 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: NSU at Harding 1 p.m. Sept. 10: NSU at East Central4 p.m.
Northeastern State opens at home before hitting the road for two matches duringweek one. The RiverHawks return their top offensive player in ElizabethCudjoe who scored seven goals and added nine assists. In goal senior MaggieKloza had a 1.08 goals against average.
Northwest Missouri opens the year at home
Sept. 5: NWMSU vs. Wayne State 3 p.m.
Sept. 8: NWMSU vs. Northern State 2 p.m.
Northwest Missouri opens the season at home against two squads from Minnesota.The top returner on offense for the Bearcats is Elizabeth Walde who had fivegoals and one assist last season. Kelsey Adams started 16 games in goal lastseason with a 1.39 goals against average.
Washburn travels to Drury for two matches
Sept. 5: SBU vs. St. Cloud State 3 p.m.,
Sept. 6: SBU vs. Upper Iowa 3 p.m., Sept. 10: SBU vs. Mary 4 p.m.
Southwest Baptist opens the season with three straight at home. They are led byAshley Creason on offense who had four goals and five assists last season. KateJamison also returns after scoring three goals and adding three assists lastyear. Paige Hemphill saw time in five matches last season in goal.
Washburn opens at home then hits the road
Sept. 6: WU vs. Northern St. 6 p.m., Sept. 8: WU vs. Wayne St. 2 p.m.
Sept. 11: WU at Rockhurst 7 p.m.
Wasburn opens 2013 with a home match before a two games road trip. Their topreturner is Caysie Beetley who had five goals and five assists last season. Ingoal they return Tori Fuglister who had a 1.80 goals against average in 2012.