Team finishes strong

Freshman forward Lauren Kurelac wins the ball from her opponent during the first half of the Nov. 7 game against Central Missouri State University. The Lions won the final game of the season 2-0.

Freshman forward Lauren Kurelac wins the ball from her opponent during the first half of the Nov. 7 game against Central Missouri State University. The Lions won the final game of the season 2-0.

T.J. Gerlach

Approximately 200 spectators saw three seniors finish their college careers with a win.

Tera Reisner, forward; Sarah Sneed and Elisa Bryant, both midfielders, played their final game for the Lions Nov. 7 at Hughes Stadium.

Trevor Wachsman, head women’s soccer coach, said the turf made the pace of the game faster.

However, the Lions did win the match 2-0 over Central Missouri State University and former Lions’ head soccer coach Geoff VanDeusen.

“It’s a great way to go out,” Sneed said.

“It’s a good way to end the season and my career,” Bryant said. “We beat a really good rival along with our old coach.”

Wachsman said he does not believe the team played its best game, “but we got the job done.”

Reisner and Sneed agreed the game was not one of the team’s best.

“I think we were a little tired,” Sneed said. “We gutted it out and got a win.”

Sneed earned the assist on the Lions’ first goal, scored by freshman midfielder Erin Gfeller in the 71st minute of the match.

Lauren Kurelac, freshman forward, scored the Lions’ second goal in the 89th minute, unassisted.

The Lions had to travel to Kansas City Nov. 5 to play Rockhurst University. Bodon Field was in poor condition after last week’s rain, prompting the location change for both matches.

Missouri Southern and RU played a full 120 minutes, leaving the game in a 0-0 tie.

Reisner led the team in shots with four placing two on frame, and Gfeller had three shots also having two on goal.

Alese Woolard, junior goalkeeper, earned five saves against RU and two against CMSU.

For her two shutouts, Woolard was named the Wilson/MIAA Goalkeeper of the Week on Nov. 9.

Southern also played Oct. 30 at home against Southwest Baptist University. SBU defeated the Lions 2-1.

The Lions’ Jessica Buhman, sophomore midfielder/defender, scored the Lions’ only goal in the 65th minute, tying the game after SBU scored in the third minute. SBU pulled ahead again in the 73rd minute and retained the lead.

Wachsman said the CMSU game was important to the team in terms of standings.

“It was a very good season for us,” he said.

The Lions ended the season with a 10-8-2 record overall, and 8-5-1 in the MIAA. They finished tied for third with Emporia State University in MIAA standings.

Sneed said she is really proud of all the women on the team.

Reisner also praised the team.

“[They are] a great group of kids,” she said. “They have a lot to look forward to.”

Wachsman praised the three seniors.

“We’re going to miss them all very much,” he said.