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Southern soccer heads west to face Fort Hays & Neb.-Kearney

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After earning four points on the opening weekend of MIAAplay, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team hits the road this weekend for apair of matches in Kansas and Nebraska. The Lions will first head to Hays, Kan.to take on Fort Hays State on Friday at 7 p.m. at the FHSU Soccer Stadium andthen travel to Kearney, Neb. to face the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers on Sunday at 1p.m. from Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

Afterplaying a scoreless draw against Central Oklahoma on Friday evening, the Lionsblanked previously unbeaten Northeastern State 2-0 Sunday afternoon. The Lionsdefense would be especially tough against the Bronchos and RiverHawks asgoalkeepers AbbyRisner and BethHammons faced 41 shots on the weekend, including 20 on goal, withoutallowing a goal. Senior defender DanaWilhelm would be named MIAA Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts asshe led a strong defensive effort for the Lions.

Inaddition to her great defense, Wilhelm would also secure the game winning goalagainst Northeastern State as she found the back of the net in the 48th minuteas sophomore forward KarleyThomas would pick up her fourth assist of the year. Sophomore defender KimmyHulse would notch her first career goal at Southern on a free kick in the67th minute to give Southern a 2-0 victory. 

About Fort Hays State: The Tigersenter Friday's matchup with a 3-5 overall record, 0-2 in the MIAA coming off a2-1 win at home on Tuesday over NAIA member Bethany College (Kan.). The Tigersdropped their first two MIAA games on the road last weekend falling 1-0 to 17th-rankedCentral Missouri and 2-1 to Southwest Baptist. Junior forward Hailey Davey andfreshman forward Sabrina Van Horn lead the Tigers in scoring with five pointsas each has notched a pair of goals and an assist so far this season. Juniorgoalkeeper Nicole Barnaba leads the Tigers in net with a .750 save percentagemaking 21 saves while posting a 1.24 GAA on the year.

Nowin his third year at Fort Hays, head coach Craig Shaw led the Tigers to theMIAA Tournament Championships as the sixth seed last fall as FHSU would reachthe NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The Lions hold a 2-0series lead over Fort Hays as Southern picked up their first win of the seasonlast fall defeating the Tigers 2-1 at home. Southern also defeated the FortHays 2-1 in overtime at home in 2011.

About Nebraska-Kearney: The Lopers enter Sunday'smatchup with a 3-4 overall record, 0-2 in the MIAA coming off a 1-0 victoryover NAIA member Hasting College (Neb.) at home on Wednesday. Nebraska-Kearney droppedtheir first two MIAA games on the road last weekend falling 2-1 at SouthwestBaptist and 5-1 at 17th-ranked Central Missouri. The Lopers are ledin scoring by sophomore midfielder Montanna Hosterman who has two goals and twoassists on the season. Senior forward Becka Talcott has a pair of goals,including the Lopes' lone goal over Hastings. Kearney is led in goal bysophomore goalkeeper Katelin Mielke who has played in all seven games allowingonly seven goals while making 17 saves on the year.

Led by second-year head coach John Maessner, the Lopers went 9-7-2, 4-6-2 lastyear in their first season in the MIAA where they tied with SouthwestBaptist for eighth place in the conference. The Lions lead the overall serieswith Nebraska-Kearney 1-0 shutting out the Lopers 3-0 at home last fall in thetwo schools only meeting.

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