MSSU women’s soccer to open season Friday

The Lions will face Southern Nazarene
MSSU women’s soccer to open season Friday

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern women’s soccer squad opens the 2019 season with a pair of nonconference matches beginning tomorrow with a road trip to Southern Nazarene before heading off to Kansas City for a neutral site contest against No. 25 Minnesota State – Mankato on Sunday.

The Rundown
Friday: SNU – Wes Harmon Field (Wanda Rhodes Soccer Complex) – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: MSU – Swope Park Soccer Village – 1:00 p.m.

TV/Stream:

SNU: None
MSU – Mankato: None

Live Stats:

SNU: https://snuathletics.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary
MSU – Mankato: https://mssulions.com/sidearmstats/wsoc/summary

What the Opponents are Bringing to the Battle!
Southern Nazarene (0-0)
Series: SNU leads, 2-0

Great American Conference … finished sixth last season (3-15 overall / 2-10 GAC) … picked fifth in its conference preseason poll … retained three All-GAC selections from last season in sophomore defender Natalie James (2nd), sophomore forward Rebecca Moore (HM), and junior goalkeeper Ashlynn Pritchett (HM) … three other starters join them with ten or more starts during the 2018 season … began last season against an opponent from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) as the Northeastern State RiverHawks won 3-1 on the road … head coach Julie Duncan enters her 11th season at the helm of the Storm with a .423 winning percentage (80-110-6) along with a GAC Regular Season Championship and Coach of the Year honor to close out the 2014 season.

No. 25 Minnesota State – Mankato (0-0)
Series: MSU leads, 1-0 (2003)

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference … finished second last season (19-3-1 overall / 13-1-1 NSIC) … picked to win the NSIC with 12 first place votes in its preseason coaches’ poll … retained two All-NSIC selections from last season in senior midfielder Alesha Duccini (1st) and senior forward Dakota Wendell (1st) … Wendell returns as the leading scorer after scoring 17 goals and registering seven assists for a total of 41 points toward being named an All-American (1st) by the D2CCA and CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic squad to close out 2018 … four other starters join them with ten or more starts … the Mavericks recorded a 1-2 record against the MIAA last season after falling to No. 1 Central Missouri, 1-0, for its first loss of the year before first defeating Emporia State in overtime, 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament and then ending their postseason with a 3-1 loss at Central Oklahoma two days later … head coach Brian Bahl enters his seventh season at the helm of the Mavericks with a .854 winning percentage which includes five NSIC conference tournament and four regular-season championships during his tenure.

Next Stretch
The Lions return to Joplin for the home opener versus the Drury Panthers on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6:00 pm before taking on East Central Tigers in a 1:00 pm contest on Sunday, Sept. 15 as part of Youth Day throughout the match.

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