Hall keys Jennies' second-half attack in 4-0 win over Lions

Joplin, Mo. -- Melanie Hall scored a goal and dished out an assist as the Central Missouri Jennies broke open a scoreless match with four goals in the last 30 minutes of the second half to defeat the Missouri Southern Lions 4-0 Saturday night (Oct. 17) at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.  The match was once again played at the Stadium due to continued soggy conditions at Hal Bodon Field.

The Jennies nearly struck early in the match but a penalty kick attempt by Kayla Shain hit the post in the sixth minute.

The Jennies' first score came when Eileen Miller put in a bicycle kick from 20 yards out at the 60:48 mark of the second half.

Aaryn Brooke scored just eight minutes later for the Jennies (7-5-2, 6-3-1 MIAA) before Hall made it 3-0 by converting a breakaway attempt from the left side at the 86:25 mark.

Hall then found Cara Hennahane with a pass off another breakaway for a score from the middle of the box for the Jennies fourth goal in the 89th minute.

Southern (4-10, 2-8 MIAA) kept the match scoreless for the first 60 minutes of play despite the Jennies out-shooting the Lions 8-0 in the first half and 23-3 overall. 

Goalkeeper Randi Russell was a big reason the Lions stayed close for much of the match by recording three saves in the first half and nine overall.  Lauren Bamvakais stopped two shots for the Jennies.

The Lions will next play at Missouri Western on Saturday night (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph, Mo.