Joplin, Mo. - After more than a week since their last match, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team returns to action this weekend traveling to the Sunflower State to play a pair of MIAA matches. The Lions will take on the Washburn Ichabods on Friday at 6 p.m at Yager Stadium and then travel to Emporia State to face the Hornets on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Emporia High School.
The Lions (3-5-4, 2-2-3 MIAA) are coming off a 1-1 draw at home against non-conference opponent Rogers State (Okla.) on October 16 as senior defender Dana Wilhelm notched her team-leading third goal of the year. Sophomore forward Karley Thomas continues to lead the team in points with nine and assists with five. Junior goalkeeper Beth Hammons looks to keep her outstanding season in goal going as she comes in with a .851 save percentage while making 57 saves.
About Washburn: The Ichabods enter Friday's match with a 8-6-1 overall record, 5-2-1 in the MIAA coming off a 1-0 loss at home to Emporia State in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday. Outscoring their opponents 26-13 on the year, Washburn is led in scoring by senior forward Caysie Beetley who has 11 points (3G, 5A) and freshman defender Kate Combs who has 10 points (3G, 4A). Junior goalkeeper Tori Fuglister has played all 15 matches in goal making 62 saves while registering a 0.84 goals against average and a .827 save percentage. Led by 11th year head coach Tim Collins, the Lions are 7-6-6 all-time against the Ichabods. Southern is 3-4-2 in Topeka while going 4-2-3 at home. Southern defeated Washburn 2-1 at home last year as senior forward Tiffany Laughlin had a pair of assists.
About Emporia State: The Hornets enter Sunday's match with a 7-6-2 overall record, 3-3-2 in the MIAA coming off a 1-0 win at Washurn in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday. Emporia is led in scoring by senior forward Tommi Bouknight with seven points (3G, 1A) and freshman midfielder McKenzie Koch who has three goals for six points. Freshman goalkeeper Yadira Rivera has started 13 matches in goal allowing only 11 goals while making 81 saves. Led by third-year head coach Bryan Sailer, the Lions are 15-2-5 all-time against the Hornets. Southern is 7-2-2 in Emporia while going 8-0-3 at home. The two squads played a 2-2 draw last year in Joplin as Wilhelm scored the Lions second goal of the game. Bouknight would score the tying goal in the 78th minute for the Hornets.