Joplin, Mo. - Behind a late goal by senior defender Dana Wilhelm, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team was able to salvage a 1-1 tie tonight against Rogers State (Okla.) in non-conference action on Pink Night at Hal Bodon Field.
Wearing pink socks to honor breast cancer awareness month, the Lions (3-5-4) outshot the Hillcats (1-9-1) 33-11 on the evening, including 17-8 on goal, but would not be able to find the back of the net until the 88th minute when Wilhelm would secure the ball off a deflection from a Hillcat defender and would score from five yards out finding the back right corner of the net to tie the game.
The Hillcats would get on the scoreboard first in the 71st minute when forward Tara Garrett scored from almost 40 yards out shooting a ball straight on goal that bounced over the Lions goalkeeper Abby Risner's head.
With the match deadlocked at one after regulation, the Lions outshot Rogers St. 9-2 in the two overtime periods, but would be unable to get one past the Hillcats' goalkeeper Jordan Harris, who made 16 saves on the evening.
Southern notched a season-high for both shots and shot on goal attempts as 10 different players attempted a shot on the evening, led by six from sophomore forward Karley Thomas. The MIAA Offensive Player of the Week also led the team with four attempts on goal. Kimmy Hulse, Carly Cecil and Kelly White each added four shots apiece.
Goalkeepers Risner and Beth Hammons split duties in goal as Hammons made three saves in the first half while Risner would make four in the second half and overtime periods.
After playing three matches in seven days, the Lions are off until Friday, October 25 when they return to MIAA action traveling to Washburn (7-5-1, 4-2-1 MIAA) to face the Ichabods at 6 p.m. at Yager Stadium.