Joplin, Mo. -- With the match squared at 1-1 with 21 minutes left, Alicia Vonderheid took a perfect feed from Candis Clark inside the box and scored to put the Missouri Southern Lions up for good in a 2-1 win over the Emporia State Hornets in MIAA action Thursday night (Oct. 1) at Hal Bodon Field.
The Lions grabbed the lead in the first half when Michelle Dimza turned and launched a shot from about 30 yards away into the net at the 26:35 mark of the first half.
The Lions held that advantage through the first half when the Hornets' Sarah Anderson scored off an assist from Holli Schletzbaum just three minutes into the second half that tied the match.
Southern was extremely aggressive in their offensive attack throughout, recording a season-high 24 shot attempts and out-shooting the Hornets 24-15 overall and 9-8 on-goal.
Stephanie Heines led the Lions with five shots and three shots-on-goal. Anderson also had a team-best five shots and three on-goal for the Hornets.
Randi Russell made seven saves in the net for the Lions (4-7, 2-5 MIAA). Katrina Goscha and Nikki Schmitz combined for seven saves for the Hornets (1-7-1, 1-5 MIAA). Goscha started at goalkeeper for ESU, before leaving with an injury in the 41st minute of the first half and giving way to Schmitz for the remainder of the match.
The Lions will look to make it three straight victories with a matchup at Washburn on Saturday evening (Oct. 3). The match is set for 6 p.m. in Topeka, Kan.