A tough weekend trip results in two losses

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Brianna Smith, junior defender, crosses over in front of a Harding defender during play on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Joplin, Mo.Lexi Conway | The Chart

Lions come home for 
five straight games


A tough road trip for the Lions ended with a  3-0 loss against the Ichabods of Washburn University on Sunday. The Lions began the road trip in Emporia, Kansas on Friday. They fell to the Hornets by allowing two late goals in a 2-1 loss. If there is a good time to hit a bump in the road, I would say it was last weekend. 

“I guess I hope it was just a bump in the road and not something that we will see happen again, but we have shown that we are more than good enough to play and beat anybody,” said head coach Chris McNaughton.”

The Lions struggled on the road right before the start of a five-game homestand. That five-game homestand will begin tonight against Northwest Missouri State University. Sunday the Lions will host Missouri Western at 1 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 19 the Lions will host Fort Hays State University. Then Nebraska-Kearney that Sunday, Oct. 21. Then on Friday, Oct. 26 the Lions will play host to the Southwest Baptist Bearcats, before their final game of the season against the currently undefeated Central Oklahoma Bronchos. 

“We have to play more like ourselves, we need to play harder, show more effort, and we will be successful,” said McNaughton.

The Lions fell from tied for second in the MIAA to tied for seventh with those two losses last weekend. The Bearcats of NWMSU will come in at dead last in the MIAA at 0-5. They are 1-10 overall and are losers of their last 10 games. Sunday’s match against Missouri Western should be a good one. It features a team tied for fourth place in the MIAA with a 3-2 conference record, and a team tied for seventh with a 2-2-1 conference record. 

Last weekend the Lions’ only goal was scored by freshman Courtney Marten. Marten recorded her third goal on the season with that goal in the first half of play. Emporia State would strike for two goals, both occurring beyond the 73rd minute of play. A tough loss to be handed at the end of the match. Hornets would improve to 8-2-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Hornets are now second in the conference with a 9-2-1 record (4-1 MIAA). 

“Emporia’s a good team, but we lost that game,” said McNaughton. “We had that game where we wanted it, and we gifted it to them.”

Washburn improved to 2-2-1 in the MIAA and 6-5-1 overall. The Lions enter play this weekend at 6-4-2 overall.