Joplin, Mo.- The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team starts MIAA conference play this weekend with a pair of games in Oklahoma against #10 University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State.
The Lions come into this weekend's action 0-3-1 overall after a pair of 2-0 defeats last weekend at home to Southern Nazarene University and Abilene Christian University. Senior forward Megan Stueve, who leads the Lions in scoring with a pair of goals on the year looks to add to that total this weekend. Junior goalkeeper Abby Risner, fourth in the league in saves with 16, looks to shutdown the high-powered Bronchos and Riverhawks attacks this weekend.
The Lions take on #10 University of Central Oklahoma this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tom Thompson Field in Edmond, OK. The Bronchos are 4-0 on the year and come into today's contest fresh of a 2-0 win Wednesday at Dallas Bapist University. Led by senior forward Britni Walker, who leads the MIAA in goals with six and points with 14, the Bronchos have a strong offensive attack and are second in the league with 15 goals through four games. The Bronchos offense exploded for seven goals last Sunday against at home against Newman University.
After Friday's contest, the Lions will travel east to Tahlequah, OK to take on the Northeastern State Riverhawks Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Coming into tonight's game at Northwestern Oklahoma State University unbeaten at 3-0, the Riverhawks are led by senior forward Rachel Sordahl, who has tailled six goals on the year. Outscoring their opponents 11-0 on the year, the Lions will look to be the first team to break through and tag a goal on the Riverhawks.
Head coach Alese Woolard is looking forward to getting conference action underway, "We feel confident going into conference play. It was a good test for us to play Abilene Christian and that caliber of a team. We feel confident with how we have played so far and the things that we have done. We have made the mistakes and we have fixed them."
This weekend's games will mark UCO and Northeastern State's first conference games as members of the MIAA.