Southern soccer notches first win blanking East Central 2-0

Ada, Okla. - Behind a shutout from goalkeepers Abby Risner and Beth Hammons, the Missouri Southern Lions soccer team secured their first win of the year defeating East Central (Okla.) 2-0 this afternoon.

The Lions (1-3) would get goals from senior forward Tiffany Laughlin and junior forward Katelyn Roberson on the day while Risner and Hammons would combine to make five saves in net for Southern as they split the goalkeeping duties.

The Lions would get their offense going early and often in this contest notching their first lead of the year in the 23rd minute on Laughlin's first goal of the season on a shot from straight center on goal thanks to assists from Roberson and sophomore forward Karley Thomas, her third assist of the year.

Outshooting the Lady Tigers (0-4) 15-5 in the first half, Southern would continue to dominant offensively in the second half outshooting ECU 13-3 in the final 45 minutes and would increase their lead to 2-0 in the 74th minute on Roberson's second goal of the year when she would fire a shot from the left side that would find its way past ECU's goalkeeper.

The Lions 28 shots, including nine on goal, on the afternoon taken by 12 different players, both surpassed their totals from their first three games combined that only saw them boot 24 shots with eight on goal. Southern would hold ECU to a season-low eight shot attempts on the game, including only five in the final 80 minutes of play.

Southern returns home Friday to kick off MIAA play hosting Central Oklahoma (2-3) at 6 p.m. at Hal Bodon Field.