Thursday, August 31, 2017

MSSU women's soccer opens season Friday at home

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's soccer team will open up the 2017 regular season as the Lions play host to Rockhurst University on Friday evening at 6 pm on Hal Bodon Field.

The Lions were picked to finish 11th in the preseason MIAA soccer coaches poll after finishing 4-11 last year in head coach Chris McNaughton's first year at the healm. Southern finished 11th in the final 2017 standings.

MSSU returns 15 players from last season's roster, including eight starters and a few others that saw starts for the Lions. McNaughton will have 18 newcomers on the roster. Five seniors in Ronise Miller, Brooke Ishmael, Taylor Beck, Chloe Jackson and Anissa Williamsall return to the fold to provide leadership for the Pride.

The Lions also bring in a new assistant coach to roam the sidelines as former Bethany College product Brooklynn Meinke joins McNaughton's coaching staff.

Rockhurst was picked to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll after going 17-3-2 last season including a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Lions will also play host to William Jewell on Sunday at 3 pm on Hal Bodon Field. William Jewell was picked to finish 13th in the GLVC preseason poll after going 4-11-2 in 2016.

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