Joplin, Mo. - After ending Central Missouri's 48-match MIAA unbeaten streak last Thursday with a 2-1 victory and then falling 3-1 at Southwest Baptist on Saturday, the Missouri Southern soccer team concludes a three game, seven-day stretch on Wednesday hosting non-conference opponent Rogers State (Okla.) at 6 p.m. for Pink Night at Hal Bodon Field.
As part of Pink Night, the Lions players will be wearing pink socks to honor breast cancer awareness month, while the ZTA sorority will be selling t-shirts for $10 and goodie bags for $4 to purchase at the game with the profits going to benefit breast cancer research.
Sophomore forward Karley Thomas leads the Lions with nine points after scoring a pair of goals in the Lions' (3-5-3) victory over Central Missouri to go along with her MIAA-leading five assists. Junior forward Katelyn Roberson continues to lead the team with three goals, while senior forward Tiffany Laughlin has a team-high 25 shots and 10 shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Beth Hammons continues to be outstanding in goal as she has played in all 11 matches this year, including starting the last three, making 54 saves with a .844 save percentage, good for fourth in the MIAA.
About Rogers State: The Rogers State Hillcats come into Wednesday's match with a 1-9 overall record, 0-4 in their first year as provisional members of the Heartland Conference. The Hillcats are coming off a 5-3 loss at home on Monday to McMurray University, while the Hillcats lone win of the year is a 9-1 triumph at home over Bacone College (Okla.).
Located in Claremore, Oklahoma, the Hillcats are led by seventh-year head coach Derek Larkin. Rogers St. is led in scoring by junior forward Tara Garrett who has a team-high five goals and 31 shots on the year. Sophomore midfielder Carly Johnson has added three goals on the year. Senior goalkeeper Jordan Harris has made 57 saves on the year.