Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team continues MIAA conference play this weekend with a pair of games at Hughes Stadium against the Fort Hays State Tigers and the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers.
The Lions come into this weekend's action 0-5-1 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA after a pair of defeats on the road last weekend at Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State. Despite outshooting the Bronchos 11-5, the Lions were unable to get on the board Friday evening and fell to #10 UCO 1-0. Experiencing more success Sunday afternoon against Northeastern State, the Lions were able to get two goals past the Riverhawks, including the first goals of the year by junior defender Dana Wilhelm and freshman forward Karley Thomas.
The Lions take on Fort Hays State this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. The Tigers are 4-2, 1-1 in the MIAA on the year and come into today's matchup off a 3-0 win last Sunday at home to Southwest Bapist University. Leading the Tigers in scoring on the year is freshman forward Jordan Hester, who has three goals and two assists to lead the Tigers with eight points. The Tigers lead the MIAA in shots with 132 through six games, good for 22 per contest. The Tigers fired off an MIAA-high 39 shots against McPherson College on September 5. The Tigers have also played great defense so far this season, only surrendering two goals on the year.
Sunday afternoon at noon at Fred G. Hughes Stadium, the Lions will take on new MIAA conference member Nebraska-Kearney. Playing a non-conference game tonight at the College of St Mary (NE), the Lopers enter that contest 4-2-1, 0-1-1 in the MIAA on the year. In their first two games as MIAA conference members last weekend, the Lopers fell 1-0 to Southwest Baptist before tying #8 Central Missouri 1-1 at home last Sunday afternoon. The Lopers are led offensively by freshman forward McKinzie Rieber who leads the Lopers with three goals, while freshman midfielder Montanna Hosterman and sophomore midfielder Tara Knowlton have each collected seven points on the year.