Lions soccer secures first MIAA victory downing RiverHawks 2-0

Joplin, Mo. - Behind two second-half goals, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team picked up their first MIAA win of the year this afternoon blanking Northeastern State 2-0 at Hal Bodon Field.

After neither team would find the back of the net in the first half, the Lions (2-3-1, 1-0-1 MIAA) would grab the lead quickly out of the break as senior defender Dana Wilhelm would notch her second goal of the year in the 48th minute from close range of the goal as sophomore forward Karley Thomas would pick up her team-high fourth assist of the year. The Lions would keep the pressure on Northeastern State (5-1-0, 0-1-0) as Southern would add a goal in the 67th minute on a free kick from sophomore defender Kimmy Hulse, her first career goal as a Lion.

Goalkeepers Abby Risner and Beth Hammons would combine to record their third consecutive shutout as the pair would team up to make seven saves on the day. The Lions would come up with a pair of key saves in the final twenty minutes to preserve the shutout as Hammons, who made four saves, would make a nice save on a breakaway shot from NSU's Elizabeth Cudjoe in the 72nd minute. Wilhelm would also make a key save on a shot by Cudjoe in the 78th minute deflecting NSU's shot off her foot as Hammons had come up and left the goal free.

The Lions continue MIAA action Friday traveling to Hays, Kan. to face Fort Hays State (2-5, 0-2) at 7 p.m. at FHSU Soccer Stadium.