Southern soccer hosts Lindenwood Sunday at noon

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team looks to rebound from a defeat in their last outing hosting the Lindenwood Lady Lions on Sunday at noon at Hal Bodon Field.

The Lions (2-4-2, 1-1-2 MIAA) would play a 1-1 draw at Fort Hays State last Friday as junior forward Katelyn Roberson would score the game-tying goal in the 77th minute to notch her team-leading third goal of the year as sophomore forward Karley Thomas would register her team-leading fifth assist on the season. On Sunday, Southern would fall 4-1 at Nebraska-Kearney as senior forward Tiffany Laughlin would score the Lions' goal in the 45th minute as sophomore defender Michaela Altvater picked up the assist.

Halfway through the season, Laughlin leads the Lions with 15 shots, including six on goal. Sophomore defender Kimmy Hulse has a 1.000 shot on goal percentage as all five of her shots have been on goal. Goalkeepers Abby Risner and Beth Hammons have combined to make 46 saves with a .793 save percentage.

About Lindenwood: The Lady Lions enter Sunday's match with a 7-2 overall record while getting out to a perfect 4-0 start to MIAA play. Lindenwood plays at Division I Southeast Missouri on Friday before traveling to Joplin. The Lady Lions have been lead in scoring on the year by freshman midfielder Kat Roe who has five goals and an assist on the year. Senior goalkeeper Bailey Tracy has played all nine games in net making 51 saves for a .895 save percentage while securing five shutouts on the season. Outscoring their opponents 19-6 on the year, Lindenwood has won three of their four MIAA contests in extra time as they defeated Northwest Missouri in overtime and last weekend beat Northeastern State in double overtime and Central Oklahoma in overtime at home.

Led by ninth-year head coach Laurie Kaminski, Lindenwood went 5-11-1, 1-10 in their first year in the MIAA last fall. Southern leads the overall series with the Lady Lions 2-0 taking their only two matchups the last two years. Southern defeated Lindenwood 3-0 at home in 2011 as Roberson would score the Lions third goal of the afternoon as senior forward Kelly White would register an assist on the play. The Lions would beat Lindenwood 6-3 last fall in St. Charles as Laughlin and Roberson would score the first and final goals of the afternoon, respectively.