Soccer hopes to play ‘spoiler’

Jeff Pinnell

The Missouri Southern women’s soccer team had a rough week again last week going 0-2. They hosted Southwest Baptist University on the 15th and Central Missouri on the 17th, both of which resulted in 4-0 losses.

These two shutouts total nine for the year as Southern is near the bottom of the conference in scoring.

“Things just got away from us in both games last week,” said Head Coach Trevor Wachsman. “Central was a good team. When we tried to push some girls up to put pressure on them, we ran the risk things coming back the other way.”

Central Missouri did just that. The Jennies capitalized on the Lions trying to use pressure up front and scored a couple late goals to seal the win.

The Lions also took on Missouri Western on Wed. Southern was again shutout in this game. The Griffons only scored once but it was all they needed to give the Lions their fourth straight loss and ninth their last 11 games.

Overall the Lions have not lived up to the expectations they had in mind at the start of the season. Their record now stands at 4-11 and 2-9 in the MIAA.

“We have had our share of injuries and sickness,” Wachsman said. “There is no telling where we might be if we could have avoided some of that.”

With the Lions now out of contention for any postseason berth, Southern will now try to play the role of ‘spoiler’ against other teams.

“I still feel that we could beat any team on a given day,” said Wachsman. “We have to do the fundamentals right in order to do that.”

The Lions will get a chance to play spoiler tonight when they host the top team in the MIAA, the Truman State Bulldogs (11-2-2, 10-1 MIAA). The Lions previous match with Truman resulted in a 4-0 loss in Kirksville on Sept. 24th.

Southern, who has been shutout in nine matches this season, will need to get the offense going against the tough Truman defense, which is allowing less than one goal per game.

“Truman has always been a possession team,” Wachsman said. “They like to move the ball around and build the play.” The game time, which was originally set at 7p.m. has been moved to 4p.m. at Hal Boden Field