Warrensburg, Mo. - Breaking Central Missouri's 48-match MIAA unbeaten streak, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team used two goals from sophomore forward Karley Thomas and eight saves from goalkeeper Beth Hammons to defeat #11 Central Missouri 2-1 tonight at South Recreation Complex.
This is the Lions' first win over a ranked opponent since October 13, 2007, when the Lions defeated then fifth-ranked Central Missouri 2-0 on the road. Tonight's victory also snaps Central Missouri 48-match unbeaten streak in the MIAA as the Jennies last loss in the conference came on October 12, 2009 when they fell 2-1 at Truman.
Southern (3-4-3, 2-1-3 MIAA) would get on the scoreboard first as Thomas scored her first goal of the season, and second of her career, in the 14th minute as she scored unassisted on a redirect pass from the right side. This was only the second time all year the Jennies' (7-2-2, 4-1-1) have trailed in a match as their only other time was in their lone previous loss at #4 Minnesota State Mankato.
Ahead 1-0 at halftime, the Lions would add a crucial insurance goal in the 52nd minute as Thomas notched her second goal of the game on a cross from the right side that she would knock in directly in front of the net to give the Lions a 2-0 lead. Freshman defender Carly Cecil would pick up her second assist of the year on the play. The Jennies would not go down quietly as they added a goal in the 61st minute by Carly Stanley as she would score off a rebound from a corner kick to cut Southern's lead to 2-1. From that point on though, it would be all Lions as they would use solid defense and four saves, including two in the final two minutes, from Hammons to preserve the victory.
Central Missouri outshot the Lions 17-6, including 9-4 on goal, but Hammons continued her stellar play in net making seven saves in the second half alone to help the Lions come out on top.
The Lions continue MIAA action on the road on Saturday when they travel to Southwest Baptist to face the Bearcats (6-4-1, 2-3-0) at noon at SBU Soccer Field.