Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team played a 2-2 draw this afternoon against Emporia State. On Senior Day at Fred G. Hughes Stadium, the Lions (4-8-3, 4-4-2 MIAA) used goals from senior forward Megan Stueve and junior midfielder Dana Wilhelm to pace a strong offensive attack, but a late goal by the Hornets (4-9-2, 0-7-2) resulted in a tie contest.
With the Hornets getting on the board early in the ninth minute, the Lions responded with a goal right before halftime in the 40th minute when Stueve registered her 12th goal of the season. With an assist from fellow senior forward Natascha Lord, the Lions evened the game up at 1 at the halfway mark.
Looking to take the lead in the second half, the Lions did just that in the 66th minute when Wilhelm, with an assist from Stueve, beat a Hornet defender to notch her second goal of the year.
Looking to hang to their one goal lead in the final thirteen minutes of regulation, the Hornets tied the game in the 77th minute when an unfortunate bounce went over junior goalkeeper Beth Hammon's head resulting in a 2-2 tie.
Keeping the pressure on the ESU defense all game, the Lions outshot the Hornets 19-6, including 5-1 in the two extra sessions. Coming close a few times, the Lions were unable to get the game-winning goal in the extra time. The Lions nine shots on goal are tied for their third-highest in a game this season, matching their output in a 1-1 tie at home against Southwest Baptist October 7.
The Lions return to action next Friday when they travel to Missour Western to take on the Griffons at Spratt Stadium at 7 p.m.