Southern soccer plays a scoreless draw vs. Central Oklahoma in MIAA opener

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team played a scoreless draw tonight against Central Oklahoma at Hal Bodon Field.

With neither team able to find the back of the net, both teams would rely on strong goalkeeping play to keep themselves in the match. The Lions (1-3-1, 0-0-1 MIAA) would use a season-high 13 saves from goalkeepers Abby Risner and Beth Hammons to keep the Bronchos (2-3-1, 0-0-1) off the board. Hammons would make 10 second half saves, while Central Oklahoma's Emily Thornbaugh would counter making four saves of her own.

Central Oklahoma would outshoot the Lions 24-7 on the evening, including 13-4 shots on goal, but the Lions would use strong defensive play from their defenders to nullify their offense. Senior forward Tiffany Laughlin would lead the Lions with three shots while sophomore defender Kimmy Hulse would boot a pair of shots on goal.

The Lions would try to end play in the second overtime firing off a pair of shots from Hulse and Laughlin, but both would come up just wide of the goal.

The Lions continue MIAA action at home on Sunday hosting Northeastern State (5-0-0, 0-0-0) at 1 p.m. at Hal Bodon Field.