Call them the comeback kids


Jessica Greninger

Freshman goalkeeper Luz Galindo punching the ball out of the box inside Fred G. Hughes stadium against Ouachita Baptist on Sept. 9, 2016. Galindo has allowed only five goals in six games this season. Galindo, from Maricopa, Ariz., has started six of seven games at the net for the Lions with a save percentage above 0.825 and two shutouts. 

Cody Smith

Coming off playing only one game of a three-game road trip, the Missouri Southern women’s soccer team returned home to Hal Bodon Field to begin a four-game homestand.

The homestand got off to a thrilling start with a come from behind win Tuesday night against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos.

 UCO entered the game coming off a win over Southwest Baptist, 2-1. 

The Bronchos took the first lead of the game when Asha Haile scored a goal in the 25th minute. The Lions would strike back with a goal of their own when freshman Brianna Smith scored her first goal of the season in the 35th minute.

The first ended tied, 1-1.  

UCO opened the second half agressively outshooting Southern by six shots before Southern took their first. That first shot came in the 67th minute. Junior Taylor Beck got behind the UCO defense and on a volley beat the UCO goalkeeper for a goal. Beck’s goal gave Southern a 2-1 lead and the eventual victory.

Smith led the Lions with three shots, two on goal, and one goal. Freshman Jazzleen Wharry added one shot and tallied one assist. Beck took only one shot and recorded a goal, and freshman Ashton Denham added two shots, one on goal. Freshman Luz Galindo played all 90 minutes at the net recording five saves facing 18 shots. 

The Lions dropped their MIAA opener on Sunday against the undefeated Northeastern State Riverhawks in a 1-0 game. The Riverhawks out shot the Lions 11-2, 7-1 shots on goal, and 7-0 in corner kicks. Sophomore Julia Liberty made her debut in the net for the Lions logging all 90 minutes, allowing one goal, with six saves, while facing 11 shots. 

Southern will play their final game of the homestand tomorrow against Northwest Missouri. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. as it will be Youth Day.