Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern soccer team continues non-conference action this weekend in the Sooner State playing a pair of Great American Conference opponents traveling to Southern Nazarene to take on the Crimson Storm on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wes Harmon Field in Bethany, Okla. and then travel to Ada, Okla. on Sunday to battle the East Central Lady Tigers at 1 p.m. at Lady Tiger Field.
Coming off a pair of losses at home to start the season, the Lions will look to notch their first win on the road this weekend. Falling 4-1 to defending GAC champion Southwestern Oklahoma St. last Friday, senior defender Dana Wilhelm would register the Lions' first goal of the year on a throw-in from senior forward Kelly White with an assist from sophomore forward Karley Thomas. Taking on NSIC member Augustana (S.D.) on Sunday, junior forward Katelyn Roberson would register her third career goal on a header with an assist Thomas. Thomas was one of six MIAA players to register two assists on the opening weekend of play to tie for a lead in the league in that category.
About Southern Nazarene: The Crimson Storm enter Friday evening's match with a 2-1 record coming off a 1-0 victory Tuesday at Rogers State (Okla.). SNU split a pair of matches in Austin, Texas over the weekend falling 6-0 in their season-opener to No. 20 St. Edward's before defeating Texas A&M International 1-0. Senior forward Tatiane Carvalho and freshman forward Alyssa Glitzke have scored the Crimson Storm's two goals on the year while junior forward Mallary Pineda has two assists and leads the club with eight shots. Freshman goalkeeper Natasha Fuentes has recorded a pair of shutouts while recording a .857 save percentage. Led by fifth-year head coach Julie Duncan, the Crimson Storm were selected second in the GAC preseason coaches' poll and are coming off a 13-8-1 overall record in 2012 while advancing to the NCCAA National Tournament. The Lions dropped their only matchup with Southern Nazarene last year falling in their home opener 2-0.
About East Central: The Lady Tigers enter Sunday afternoon's match with a 0-3 record coming off a 2-0 defeat at home on Tuesday to MIAA member Northeastern State. ECU dropped a pair of matches on the road in Pueblo, Colorado to start the year falling 1-0 to CSU-Pueblo in their opener and 4-2 to Colorado Springs. Senior midfielder Ashley Bradford and junior forward Kourtney Holleman have registered the Lady Tigers' two goals on the year while junior forward Milan Galloway has both pair of assists. The Lady Tigers have a .459 shot on goal percentage while averaging 12.3 shots per game with ten Lady Tigers having attempted at least one shot. Led by fifth-year head coach Riley Bailey, ECU was selected fourth in the GAC preseason coaches' poll and are coming off a 4-11-4 overall record in 2012 while advancing to the GAC Tournament semifinals where they fell 1-0 to Oucahita Baptist. The Lady Tigers have taken both meetings with the Lions, but the two schools have not squared off since 2000. The Lions fell 4-0 in Ada in 2000 while dropping a 3-0 decision at home in 1999, their first year as a collegiate program.