MSSU Women’s Soccer to Face NSU, SBU
RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team travels to Tahlequah to face Northeastern State tomorrow at 7:30 pm before taking on Southwest Baptist on Sunday at 2:00 pm as part of its non-conference schedule against MIAA members.
The Lions improved to 3-0-1 after securing a 2-1 victory over Harding in double-overtime in which freshman Courtney Marten deflected the ball off a shot attempt by Meredith Belrose for the game winner.
It’s the programs best start through four games since 2007 when the Lions went 4-0 towards an 11-5-3 overall record. The only other team to kick off a season 3-0-1 was in 2004 which coincidentally included a double-overtime victory in Joplin and led to a 10-win season.
Friday: Northeastern State – Dr. Dan F. Deloache Field – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Southwest Baptist – SBU Soccer Field – 2:00 p.m.
What the Opponents are Bringing to the Battle!
Northeastern State (4-0)
Series: NSU leads 13-2-1
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association … Second (15-3 overall / 9-2 MIAA) … picked third in the conference pre-season poll … retained three All-MIAA selections from a season ago in reigning Freshman of the Year and forward Paulina Chavez (1 st team), junior midfielder Mariah Nicolet (HM), and senior goalkeeper Meg Smith (HM) … four other starters join them with ten of more starts during the 2017 season … led the conference in points per game at 5.41 and least penalized team with only 110 fouls and three yellow cards … defeated the Lions by one goal (1-0) in the team’s last meeting in Tahlequah … fell to Washburn, 1-0, in the first round of the MIAA tournament as the three seed … are 1-0 at home after shutting out Ouachita Baptists for a 2-0 victory one week ago … head coach Chase Wooten enters his 9th season at the helm of the RiverHawks with a .675 winnings percentage (96-43-12) and has won more than ten matches in six of his eight seasons, including two campaigns where the team won 15 (2013, 2017) and a MIAA Coach of the Year award (2015).
Southwest Baptist (0-3-1)
Series: SBU leads 19-15-3
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association … Tied-11th (3-13-2 overall / 1-9-1 MIAA) … picked last in the conference pre-season poll … take on Central Oklahoma on the road Friday before returning back to Bolivar against the Lions … retained two All-MIAA selections from a season ago in redshirt-senior midfielder Tessa Wagner (HM) and sophomore forward Raegan Edwards (HM … six other starters join them with ten of more starts during the 2017 season … SBU defeated the Lions 2-0 last season’s first meeting in Joplin, but MSSU returned the favor with a 2-0 shutout of the Bearcats in Bolivar … head coach Megan Link enters her 4th season at the helm of the Bearcats with a .260 winnings percentage (12-37-3) where she has coached 11 All-MIAA, four All-Region, and 48 MIAA Academic selections.
Southern returns home to close out its non-conference slate against Central Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:00 pm, followed up with the program’s first conference match and second meeting versus Northeastern State on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1:00 pm.