Southern winless in MIAA

Sarah Evers, junior midfielder/forward, takes a shot on goal at a Lions practice Wednesday.

Sarah Evers, junior midfielder/forward, takes a shot on goal at a Lions practice Wednesday.

Jeff Pinnell

The Lions’ women’s soccer team conference games are off to a rough start.

They dropped a 3-0 decision to Central Missouri, and a heartbreaker 4-3 double overtime loss to Southwest Baptist University. The losses drop Southern’s record to 2-4 overall, but a few bright spots from the SBU game prove there is still hope for the season.

“Playing on the road in our conference is always tough,” said Missouri Southern Head Coach Trevor Wachsman. “I was real proud of our team coming back from a 2-0 deficit in the SBU game.

“We responded well emotionally, and gave ourselves a chance to win at the end of the game.”

Southern actually believed they had won the game, as they put the ball in the back of the net right after the buzzer sounded. The goal was waived, and Southwest Baptist ended the Lions’ comeback attempt scoring in the 102nd minute to win the game.

The Lions look to build from the late-game comeback as they host the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Lions are scoring about average with the rest of the conference, but the defense seems to be giving up too many goals.

The Lions will need to step up against the Mavericks, who are scoring 2.5 goals a game, the most in the MIAA.

“I think we are playing decent defensively, and I don’t feel like we are doing a lot wrong,” said Wachsman. “I feel like we are right there, and we can start winning some of these games that are so close.”

The Lions will need to start some momentum if they still have hopes of a playoff run. Conference play is what will determine a spot in the National Tournament, and starting off 0-2 only dampens those hopes.

“There is still time to get things going,” said an optimistic Wachsman.”The conference is so competitive that the champion will probably have a couple losses.”

The Lions also welcomed the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats to Hal Boden Field on Thursday night, but scores were not available at press time.