After playinga scoreless draw at home against Lindenwood on Sunday, the MissouriSouthern Lions soccer team hits the road this weekend for a pair of MIAAmatches traveling to face #11 Central Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. andSouthwest Baptist on Saturday at noon.
The Lions(2-4-3, 1-1-3 MIAA) would fire 27 shots on the afternoon against the LadyLions, their second highest total of the year, while shooting aseason-high 12 on goal. After dropping their first three matches of theseason, the Lions have been 2-1-3 in their past six games as their defense hasbeen very solid giving up only five goals while limiting theiropponents to a .053 shooting percentage. Junior goalkeeper BethHammons has been sensational in net during the stretch making 32 saveswhile allowing only three goals and having a .914 save percentage.
On the year,the Lions have a .384 SOG percentage as a team and continue tobe led in scoring by junior forward KatelynRoberson with seven points (3G, 1A). Sophomore forward KarleyThomas continues to lead the MIAA and the team with five assists on theyear. Senior forward Tiffany Lauglin leads Southern with 21 shots,while junior defender CourtneyFielden has 14.
AboutCentral Missouri: The Jennies come into Thursday's match ranked 11th in thecountry by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association ofAmerica) coming off big wins over Southwest Baptist and East Central lastweekend. The Jennies have a 7-1-2 overall record, 4-0-1 in the MIAA with theirlone loss of the year coming at #4 Minnesota State 3-0. The Jennies lead theMIAA in goals (33), assists (19) and points (85) while allowing only eightgoals on the year, the second fewest in the MIAA. UCM is coming off a bigscoring weekend as they outscored SBU and ECU a combined 17-2 as they wouldclaim a 8-1 win over the Bearcats and follow it up with a 9-1win over the Lady Tigers.
The Jennieshave a balanced offense as they have eight players who have registered at least10 shots on the year. They are led in scoring by senior midfielder Becky Lackeywho has 13 points (4G, 5A) to rank second in the conference. Freshman HannahPyle and Hannah Moran lead UCM six goals apiece while eight other Jennies havealso notched at least one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Hartzler has beensolid in net with a 0.66 GAA and a .800 save percentage. Led by seventh-yearhead coach Lewis Theobald, the Jennies hold a 17-7-2 overall recordover the Lions. The Lions are 4-7-1 all-time on the road at UCM with their lastvictory in Warrensburg coming October 13, 2007 over the then-ranked #5 Jennies2-0.
AboutSouthwest Baptist: The Bearcats come into Saturday afternoon's match freshoff a 2-0 nonconference win at Southern Nazarene on Monday. SBU sports a 6-4-1overall record, 2-3 in the MIAA on the year with wins over Nebraska-Kearney(2-1) and Fort Hays St. (2-1). SBU is led in scoring by sophomore midfielderKate Jamison who has 12 points (5G, 2A) on the season while her sister Karlahas eight points (3G, 2A). Senior goalkeeper Paige Hemphill has been a mainstayin net as she has a .721 save percentage while making 49 saves havingplayed in all 11 matches.
Led byfifth-year head coach Rob Podeyn, the Bearcats went 7-9-3, 4-6-2 in the MIAAlast year falling to Central Missouri in the first round of the MIAATournament. The Lions and Bearcats are deadlocked at 12-12-3 intheir overall series, but Southern is only 4-8-1 in Bolivar. The two teams tied1-1 last year in Joplin, with the Lions last win at SBU coming just two yearsago in 2011 when they went home victorious pulling out a 2-1 double overtimewin.
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