Llewellyn earns MIAA Player of the Week honors 2 weeks running

After winning back-to-back MIAA Player of the Week awards, one Lion stays true to her teammates.

“Really I was just in the right place at the right time because Erin Gfeller made an amazing run before she crossed it, I just happened to be in the middle,” said Nikki Llewellyn, sophomore midfielder. “She actually did a lot of the work, I was just in the middle to put it away.”

Llewellyn was speaking about her game-winning goal against Washburn in a 1-0 Lions victory. Washburn was previously unbeaten.

Llewellyn scored her game-winning goal with only five seconds left in the game’s first overtime. Then the following day she scored against Emporia State University giving her goals in four consecutive games.

Her efforts helped the Lions to a 3-2 victory. Llewellyn also assisted on a goal by Erin Gfeller, junior forward.

The other goal in the Emporia game was scored by Jessica Harthcock, freshman midfielder/forward, breaking through for her first collegiate goal with a game-winning shot with just over eight minutes left in the game.

“The Emporia game score was kind of close, but as far as some of the stats we dominated for the most part,” said Trevor Wachsman, women’s head soccer coach. “We had balls going off posts and crossbars and other things like that. We did some really good things offensively we just got a little bit lackadaisical at times defensively and they were able to take advantage of it.”

After winning back-to-back games over the weekend, the Lions record advances to 6-3-3 overall and 4-1-2 in the MIAA, with a four game unbeaten streak going into the Oct. 5 game at Southwest Baptist.

The Lions will return home for four straight home games.

The first will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 against the University of Central Missouri, then 1 p.m. Oct. 15 against Truman State, 2 p.m. Oct 21 against Missouri Western and 2 p.m. Oct. 22 against Northwest Missouri State.