Soccer teams anticipate home advantage

Two road losses opened up the Missouri Southern men’s soccer team’s Southwest Soccer Conference play.

On Sept. 10, the Lions took on the Midwestern State University Indians in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Indians led the Lions 1-0 after the first 45 minutes.

In the first half, the Lions racked up only two shots to the Indians’ 14. MSU’s goal came in the 36th minute from Garnet Chisolm’s unassisted 30-yard shot.

The Indians extended their lead in the second with two goals.

The first came in the 48th minute. MSU’s Myron Davis scored off a rebound. Elliott Gallagher earned the assist. Davis also scored the final goal of the game in the 77th minute. Anthony Ramirez earned the assist on the goal.

On Sept. 12, the Lions traveled to Austin, Texas to take on the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers.

Southern was shutout again, 3-0.

This time the Lions only had one shot in the first half and two in the second.

The Hilltoppers totaled 27 shots in the game.

The first SEU goal came in the 12th minute from Giovanni Barletta with an assist by Josh Garcia. Robert Descant scored in the 42nd minute off an assist by Chris Steele to make the score 2-0. Steele scored the final goal in the closing minutes of the first half unassisted.

The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team also played on Sept. 10 and Sept. 12.

The Lions defeated the Washburn Lady Blues 1-0 in the overtime at Topeka.

Senior forward Tera Reisnor scored the golden goal in the 100th minute of the game.

The Emporia State Lady Hornets defeated the Lions on Sept. 12 in Emporia.

The only goal of the game came in the second minute of the second overtime period.

ESU’s Brandi Booth scored the goal and Hillary Welch earned the assist.

“Both of them (the games) were close,” said Trevor Wachsman, women’s head coach. “Washburn had a record-breaking crowd.”

Wachsman said the women’s team is doing well this season.

He said the most important thing the team is looking for is improvement.

“We’ve got 3 more games in a row on the road and then we get to be at home,” Wachsman said. “We had eight of our first nine on the road, and it’s nice to get those out of the way so we can play at home.”

The women continue their road games Friday and Sunday in Omaha, Neb. Friday they take on the University of South Dakota coyotes.

Sunday they take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

The men host the University of Incarnate Wood Cardinals 7 p.m. Friday at Bodon Field.

The St. Mary’s University Rattlers come to Southern to play the Lions at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Adam Fast, director of photography, contributed to this story.