Harthcock keeps unbeaten streak alive

Amy Davis, junior midfielder, steals the ball during the Lions win against Truman State University Oct. 15.

Amy Davis, junior midfielder, steals the ball during the Lions’ win against Truman State University Oct. 15.

Parker Willis

The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team has extended its unbeaten streak to eight straight games, and hopes to tie the school record set last year at nine.

Sunday, the Lions pulled off yet another last-second win against 15th ranked Truman State. Jessica Harthcock, freshman midfielder/forward, scored with just 23 seconds remaining in regulation. This earned her the Brine/MIAA Player of the Week nod and made it the fourth time the Lions have won a game with less than 28 seconds left on the clock this season.

The goal also added another assist to junior forward Erin Gfeller’s stat sheet. She also had the only other shot on goal by the Lions.

Kaney Tyler, junior goalkeeper, added nine saves during the game.

Before the Sunday win, the Lions put up a strong defensive effort against the University of Central Missouri Oct. 13. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Now, the Lions have the postseason to worry about.

Head women’s soccer coach Trevor Wachsman said even though his team is ranked No. 2 in the conference, No. 24 in the nation and has a good chance at making it to the national tournament, he is still looking no further than his team’s next game.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but what we’ve done to this point doesn’t mean anything and it kind-of comes down to a four-game season,” Wachsman said.

Each of which are important games to Wachsman.

“There’s not an easy game left on the schedule. We have to go out and play hard in each one,” he said.

He said the last four games will determine whether the Lions make it to the postseason.

The 32 selections for the national tournament will be announced Oct. 30. But not before the Lions play their last four games. The last of which will be against Washburn, who is currently No. 1 in conference. This might make the final game the conference championship.

Out of the last four games, two of them will be the Lions last two home games this weekend. The first will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow against Missouri State University, and the next will be at 2 p.m. Sunday against Northwest Missouri State University, which will also be senior night.