Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team beat the Washburn Lady Blues 2-1 tonight at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Behind two early goals from senior forward Megan Stueve, the Lions were able to hang on and defeat the Lady Blues for their fourth win of the year.
Striking early in the 10th minute of play, the Lions (4-8-2, 4-4-1 MIAA) made the game 1-0 when junior forward Tiffany Laughlin found Stueve on a breakaway, who connected with the back of the net, notching her 10th goal of the year. Wasting little time, the Lions kept on the attack making the game 2-0 four minutes later when Laughlin found Stueve again, notching her 11th goal of the year.
Slowly moving up the single-season list for goals in a year, Stueve is now tied for sixth with former Lion Nikki Llewellyn, who had 11 in 2008.
Outshoting the Lady Blues 6-3 in the first half, the Lions took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Looking to keep adding to their total in the second half, the Lions were unable to get on the board again as the Lady Blues (4-11, 4-6) cut into their lead in the 58th minute making the score 2-1. Playing strong defense, the Lions were able to keep Washburn off the board the rest of the game.
The Lions return to action Sunday afternoon when they host Emporia State at 2 p.m. in their home finale. Before Sunday's contest, the Lions will honor their six seniors as part of Senior Day.