Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions soccer team wraps up MIAA conference play this weekend with a pair of games on the road. The Lions will take on the Missouri Western Griffons tonight at 7 p.m. and then take on Northwest Missouri Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Lions (4-8-3, 4-4-2 MIAA) come into this weekend's action after gaining three points in the MIAA standings last weekend at home recording a win and tie. Winning 2-1 last Friday night vs. Washburn, the Lions used two goals from senior forward Megan Stueve to secure the win over the Lady Blues. Looking for the weekend sweep on Sunday against Emporia State on Senior Day, the Lions took a 2-1 lead in the 66th minute of the second half when junior defender Dana Wilhelm scored her second goal of the year. Unfortunately for the Lions, an unfriendly bounce with only twelve minutes remaining in regulation tied the game 2-2, as the Lions were unable to tag on another goal.
The Lions take on Missouri Western tonight at 7 p.m. at Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo. The Griffons (5-9-1, 3-7-1 MIAA) come into tonight's matchup coming off a 1-0 win at home over Southwest Baptist last Sunday. The Griffons are led offensively by senior forward Abby Widrig and sophomore midfielder Katie Kempf, who each have four goals apiece on the year. The Griffons are also strong in goal as senior goalkeeper Kelly Voigts leads the MIAA with 97 saves in 14 games, which is good for an average of 6.93 saves per game, also tops in the league.
The Lions conclude the regular Sunday afternoon when they travel to Maryville, Mo. to take on Northwest Missouri (8-5-3, 6-3-2 MIAA) at 1 p.m. at Bearcat Pitch. Being their lone game of the weekend, the Bearcats come into Sunday's matchup off a 2-0 loss last Sunday at home against #12 Central Missouri. The Bearcats are led offensively by junior forward Victoria Von Mende, who has registered seven goals and 16 points on the year. Much like the Griffons, the Bearcats are also strong in goal as junior goalkeeper Kelsey Adams is second in the MIAA in saves with 95 while recording a 1.40 goals against average and four shutouts on the year.
Coming into the weekend with 10 points in conference play, the Lions are tied with Nebraska-Kearney for seventh place. With the top eight teams in the MIAA qualifying for the postseason tournament, this weekend's pair of games are critical for tournament seeding. With the top four seeds hosting first round matchups on Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Lions will look to improve their seeding this weekend.