Lions take time to refresh

Jeff Pinnell

The Missouri Southern Women’s Soccer team came away with another conference win last week as the Lions outlasted the Emporia State Hornets 2-1 on Oct. 1.

The Lions two goals came from Michelle Dimza at the 26:35 mark of the first half, and the game-winner from Alicia Vonderheid came off a perfect pass inside the box from Candis Clark in the 70th minute.

“We created a lot of scoring opportunities,” said Lions’ Head Coach Trevor Wachsman. “I think may-be the game was a bit closer than it should have been.”

The Lions outshot Emporia State 24-15, and goal keeper Randi Russell came up big for the Lions with seven saves.

“We played pretty solid,” Wachsman said. “We were happy to get another conference win.”

The Lions also took on Washburn on Oct. 3, but fell to the Lady Blues 2-0. Southern was out-shot 12-7 overall and 6-3 on-goal.

“The first half against Washburn was pretty even,” Wachsman said. “There were times when we played well, and others when just average. Washburn took advantage of us just playing average.”

The Lions will now get a much-needed break in the schedule, and do not play again until Oct. 15, against Southwest Baptist.

“We’ll definitely use the time to refresh,” Wachsman said. “We’ll get some players healthy and try to finish the year strong.”

Southern’s chances of a National Tournament run are about over. The Lions record now stands at 4-8, and 2-6 in the MIAA.

“The National Tour-nament is tough to get into,” Wachsman said. “We still have goals as a team. We want to finish on positive note, and with a better record than last year.”