Lions grab first win in early stages of season

The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team already has their first tally in the win column after match number two this season.

The Lions headed east on I-44 today to play against the Drury Panthers in Springfield, MO. The Lions entered the match having not beaten the Panthers since, well, ever. That’s right, the Lions had never beaten Drury in three prior matches, but that would change Sunday night in their fourth head-to-head match.

The match started very slowly. It was actually a deadlock at 0 when they hit the end of the first half. Drury only attempted one shot the entire first half, while the Lions attempted 15. 

Following a yellow card on Drury player, Rebecca Crocker, sophomore Meredith Belrose put a penalty kick into the right corner of the goal and got the Lions on the board. Belrose recorded her first goal of her collegiate career with that penalty kick goal at the 55 minute mark of the game. 

The Lions defense would hold strong not allowing many shot opportunities for the remainder of the game. 

In the 79th minute of the game the ball went towards Sarah Franks, Panthers goalkeeper, and as she attempted a clear-out, Jessica Edwards, junior forward, jumped up and blocked it which went back towards the goal and in to give the Lions a 2-0 lead.

The Lions gave their goalkeeper, Luz Galindo, a fairly easy night by only allowing the Panthers to attempt six shots and just two on goal. Southern attempted 23 shots, and 9 on goal.

The Lions left Harrison Stadium with a few new things. A first win on the season, a first win against the Drury Panthers, and Belrose got her first goal of her career. The Lions improve to 1-0-1, the Panthers are 0-1-1. Now the Lions will be coming home to host Harding University on Hal Bodon Field. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.