Southern soccer splits home stand 2-2


Senior Hannah Ishmael takes on a Northeastern State University defender at Hal Bodon field on Sept. 19, 2015. The Lions were defeated 5-1. The game vs. NSU was the last of the four straight home games for the Lions. The Lions went 2-2 on the homestand with victories over Rogers State and Newman University.

The Missouri Southern soccer team was looking to extend its two-game winning streak last week as the Lions welcomed Southwest Baptist and Northeastern (Okla.) State to Hal Bodon Field. These are the final two games for the Lions, who started a patch of four straight games at home on Sept. 10. The Lions won their previous two home games and were looking to finish this home series 4-0.

Up first was a matchup with SBU. The Lions dropped both matchups against SBU last season. The Lions were outscored 8-1 in both matches, including a 4-0 defeat the last time the two teams met at Hal Bodon.

SBU would get on the scoreboard first. A goal in the 12th minute by Caroline Karlsson would put SBU up 1-0. In the 39th minute, Karlsson would get an assist as she found her teammate Haylee Thibodeaux for goal number two. SBU went into the half up two scores to zero.

The Lions would give up two goals to the same player within a four-minute span to begin the second half. Karla Jamison scored in the 64th and 67th minutes of the game. The score stood 4-0 SBU.

Down 4-0, the Lions weren’t going away quietly. Junior Hannah Cook scored her second goal of the season off a penalty kick following a red card. Hannah Bomar cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute as the sophomore put home a rebound off Bailey North’s shot that ricocheted off the left post. SBU put a stamp on the game with a goal in the 89th minute. SBU took the victory, 5-2.

The Lions have given up four or more goals to SBU in three straight games.

A matchup against Northeastern (Okla.) State would wrap up the Lions’ four straight games at home. The Lions have been shut out by NSU the previous two matchups.

The Lions avoided the shutout but fell to the Riverhawks, 5-1. The Lions gave up four unanswered goals to start the game for back-to-back games. The Riverhawks were up 4-0 before the Lions got on the board in the 63rd minute. Brooke Ishmael got the assist as Bailey North headed the free kick in the back of the net for the goal.

After giving up one goal in their first two home games of four, the Lions gave up 10 goals in their final two.

The Lions hit the road to face off against Nebraska-Kearney today in the conference opener. The Lions have had six days off since their last matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m.