OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The sixth-ranked Central Missouri Jennies (5-1-1, 3-0-0 MIAA) finish the first half of the conference women's soccer schedule with a pair of road matches this weekend.
The Truman Bulldogs (6-3, 3-1 MIAA) are the Jennies' first stop on Friday (Sept. 28). Truman has won five of its last six games after a 1-2 start. UCM and the Bulldogs split last season's series -- each getting a road win.
The next day, Central Missouri heads to Northwest Missouri State (2-6, 1-3 MIAA). The Bearcats have won two of their last three after an 0-5 start.
The Jennies have not allowed a goal since falling behind to Missouri Western (2-8, 1-4 MIAA) in the 29th minute back on Sept. 7 -- a span of 429 minutes, 50 seconds in game time.
Leading the defense is senior GK Elizabeth Casey, who has yet to allow a goal in 427 minutes of play this season.
UCM enters the week with a six-point lead in the standings over a quartet of teams, which includes Truman -- a team with one less game played than the other three teams in which it is tied.
Missouri Southern (6-2-1, 3-2-0 MIAA) is 2-2 since beginning the season 4-0-1. The Lions will travel to Emporia State (0-9, 0-5 MIAA) Thursday (Sept. 27), then play at Washburn (5-4-1, 3-2-0 MIAA).
Washburn, which faces SBU on Thursday before meeting the Lions, enters the week having gone 2-2 over their last four outings -- both losses being road shutouts.
The SBU Lady Bearcats had a three-game winning streak stopped by UCM last Saturday (Sept. 22) in Bolivar.
Southern, WU and SBU join Truman in the four-way tie for second, so this weekend will be important to determining the early favorites for the four spots in the inaugural MIAA Postseason Tournament.
ESU, which also faces Southwest Baptist (4-4-1, 3-2-0 MIAA) on Friday, is trying to break a pair of league-record runs of bad luck.
The Lady Hornets haven't posted a win in their last 19 games (0-18-1), and are on a 14-match losing skid. Emporia State last won on Sept. 23 of last season, 3-1 over Western, which it played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 11 for the team's last non-loss.
MAINZ MAKES MODEST MOVES UP MIAA CHARTS: Washburn junior F Jessica Mainz had a goal and an assist last week, moving her into ties on both the MIAA's career scoring and goals lists.
She has 87 career points on 37 goals and 13 assists in 52 career games. Mainz has now tied Emporia State's Brandie Booth (2002-05) on the scoring list and is one point from tying Central Missouri's April Reyes (2000-03 -- 88 pts.) for fifth and two from joining Truman's Ellen Wright (2001-04 -- 89 pts.) in fourth.
Mainz's 37 goals put her in a fourth-place tie with Reyes and UCM's Teleshia Joseph (2001-03) and one shy from tying Booth for third at 38.
In other chart action, Missouri Southern junior M Nikki Llewellyn scored a goal last week to enter a three-way tie for eighth on the MIAA's career goals list.
Her 27 goals equals the totals of Missouri-Rolla's Denise McMillan (1999-2000) and Southwest Baptist's Rachael Neal (1999-2002), and leaves her eight away from tying Wright (35) for seventh.
JENNIES STAY PERFECT IN MIAA PLAY WITH TWO 1-0 WINS: Central Missouri went on the road and scored a pair of conference wins by the slimmest of margins last weekend.
Sophomore M Lindsay Hoerl snapped a scoreless tie in the 81st minute with an unassisted goal as the Jennies clipped Missouri Southern, 1-0, Friday (Sept. 21).
After being out-shot in the first half, 8-3, UCM returned the favor by getting an 8-3 second-half shot advantage on the Lions.
Senior GK Elizabeth Casey made seven saves -- six in the first half -- for her third shutout of the season.
The next day at Southwest Baptist, sophomore M Angela Dobbie scored in the 13th minute off a feed from junior B Randi Fernsler, as the Jennies claimed a 1-0 win over the Lady Bearcats.
Casey made four saves to keep her goals-against averaged at 0.00, as SBU had a 7-6 edge on shots.
Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week
For the week of play ending Sept. 16
Amanda Deml, F
Northwest Missouri State University
Deml, a 5-foot-8 junior from Lee's Summit, Mo., had a part in four of the five goals scored by the Bearcats as they posted a 2-1 record last week.
She notched her first game-winning goal in Northwest's 3-2 victory over Emporia State Friday (Sept. 21), with the go-ahead score in the 28th minute and needed insurance in the 83rd minute.
Deml also assisted on Andrea Freeman's goal in the 16th minute to give the Bearcats a short-lived 1-0 lead.
She opened the scoring in the 2-1 win over Wayne (Neb.) State Tuesday (Sept. 18) with a goal in the 10th minute -- the earliest Bearcat tally in a game since late in the 2005 campaign.
Deml, the first Northwest player with a multi-goal game since Oct. 7 of last season, is a graduate of Lee's Summit North School.
Others Nominated: Stephanie Haines, F, MSSU; Jessica Wiegert, F, TSU.
Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 9/3 -- Carrie Twellman, M, UCM; 9/10 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU; 9/17 -- Dominie Emmanuel, F, SBU.
Emily Newsham, B
Truman State University
Newsham, a 5-foot-5 senior from St. Charles, Mo., held the MIAA's leading scorer to just three shots and no goals as the Bulldogs blanked No. 15 Washburn, 2-0, Friday (Sept. 21).
She marked WU's Jessica Mainz, limiting her to three shots -- two on goal without scoring. Newsham also added a goal of her own in the 41st minute unassisted for the winning margin.
Newsham is a graduate of St. Charles West High School, and transferred to Truman from Southeast Missouri State University following her freshman season.
Others Nominated: Elizabeth Casey, GK, UCM; Krista Obley, B, NWMSU; Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU.
Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; 9/10 -- Emily Roark, GK, TSU; 9/17 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU.