Sunday, October 1, 2017

Serna goal leads MSSU soccer to 1-0 win over Northwest Missouri

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Maryville, Mo. - Despite being out-shot 11-7 (24-9 total) and 6-1 (10-1 total) on goal in the first period, that one shot between the pipes by freshman midfielder Karissa Serna turned out to be the difference as Missouri Southern went on to defeat the Northwest Missouri Bearcats, 1-0, inside Bearcat Pitch Sunday afternoon.

Southern (1-6-2,1-2) snapped a four-game losing streak for its first win since a 1-0 home victory against Southwest Baptist last season (Oct. 28). It was also the team's first win at Maryville since 2012.

Serna recorded the first goal of her career to give MSSU a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of the match off a scramble for the ball within the box. Maria Sturluson kept the pressure on with a team-leading three shots in the victory.

Goalkeeper Hannah Stevenson made 10 saves off of 23 shots faced to secure the shutout win, improving to 1-4-1 on the year.

Northwest Missouri (4-5-0, 1-2) pushed the tempo to force 16 fouls on the Lions, but could not capitalize, dropping to 1-3 at home after a 6-0 shutout against Southwest Baptist two days ago.

Bearcats' Emily Madden led NWMSU with five shots and three shots on goal, while Kayla Ellis and Bria Wawiorka each added four shots without any luck.

The Lions return home to take on Washburn inside Hal Bodon Field to kickoff Alumni Weekend at 6 pm.

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