OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- As the halfway point of the MIAA women's soccer conference schedule is passed, it appears that five schools are in the hunt for the four berths in the inaugural MIAA Postseason Tournament.
Seventh-ranked Central Missouri (8-1-2, 6-0-1 MIAA) enters a Thursday (Oct. 4) home match with Missouri Western (2-10, 1-6 MIAA) three points clear of second-place Truman (8-3-1, 5-1-1 MIAA).
UCM defeated Western, 2-1, in St. Joseph back on Sept. 7.
The Bulldogs and Northwest Missouri State (3-8, 2-5 MIAA) will meet for the second time in five days when they play Sunday (Oct. 7) in Maryville. Truman claimed a 2-0 win over the Bearcats Wednesday (Oct. 3).
The two teams in a battle for third place will face off against one another Friday (Oct. 5) in Joplin, as Missouri Southern (8-2-2, 4-2-1 MIAA) hosts Southwest Baptist (5-4-2, 4-2-1 MIAA).
The Lions will be trying for the sweep after claiming a 1-0 win in Bolivar on Aug. 31.
Defending champion Washburn (5-4-3, 3-2-2 MIAA) is two points out of the top four, and starts the second half of the league slate Thursday at home against Emporia State (0-11, 0-7 MIAA).
The Lady Blues handed the Lady Hornets a 6-0 defeat in the first meeting this year, Sept. 8.
ESU and Washburn also have non-conference matches slated for the weekend. The Lady Hornets go to Drury (Mo.) Saturday (Oct. 6), while the Lady Blues go to Omaha, Neb., for a neutral-site game Sunday against No. 13 Metropolitan (Colo.) State.
Missouri Western had a home non-conference match slated for Sunday as well with St. Mary (Kan.), but the Spires had to cancel due to the rescheduling of a conference match lost to weather earlier in the season.
MSSU'S LLEWELLYN CLIMBS SCORING CHART: Missouri Southern junior M Nikki Llewellyn scored two goals Wednesday (Oct. 3) in the Lions' 5-0 non-conference win over Northeastern (Okla.) State, puling her into a tie for ninth place on the MIAA's career scoring list.
She now has 31 goals and nine assists for 71 points in her two-plus seasons at MSSU, which ties her with Southwest Baptist's Vanessa Toll (2002-04).
Llewellyn is one point from matching SBU's Rachael Neal (1999-2002 -- 72 pts.) for eighth place.
Llewellyn needs four goals to match Ellen Wright (2001-04 -- 35) for seventh place on the MIAA career goals list.
Washburn junior F Jessica Mainz was scoreless last week, remaining in ties for sixth on the scoring list with Emporia State's Brandie Booth (2002-05) with 87 points and for fourth on the goals list with Central Missouri's April Reyes (2000-03) and Teleshia Joseph (2001-03) with 37.
BULLDOGS SNAP JENNIES' SIX-GAME WIN STREAK WITH 1-1 TIE: Truman freshman B Katie Buning's goal in the 88th minute knotted the game, and the Bulldogs held on for the 1-1 draw over Central Missouri Friday (Sept. 28) in Kirksville.
The tie snapped the Jennies' six-game winning streak and was their first non-victory in MIAA play.
Buning scored her second goal of the season off an assist from junior M Katelyn Talcott, putting it past UCM senior GK Elizabeth Casey. It was the first goal Casey had given up this season in more than 514 minutes between the pipes.
Junior F Hazel Cox gave the Jennies a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute with a goal from a feed by sophomore M Angela Dobbie.
Casey made seven saves for UCM, while Truman junior GK Emily Roark stopped four shots. The Bulldogs out-shot the Jennies, 17-10 -- 15-8 in regulation.
CORNER KICKS: Northwest Missouri State senior B Marti Trummer scored two goals and added an assist last weekend to move into a tie for fourth on the Bearcats' career scoring list with 23 points... UCM senior GK Elizabeth Casey slipped to third in Division II for goals against average (0.28) and save percentage (.938).
Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week
For the week of play ending Sept. 30
Nikki Llewellyn, M
Missouri Southern State University
Llewellyn, a 5-foot-7 junior from O'Fallon, Mo., was involved in three of the Lions' four goals on the weekend as they posted a win and a draw in two road conference matches last week.
She scored Southern's first goal in the 10th minute against Emporia State Thursday (Sept. 27), and assisted on the go-ahead marker by Lindsay Altman in the 30th minute of a 3-1 win.
Llewellyn cracked the MIAA's career scoring top 10 list with her goal in the 84th minute to secure a 1-1 tie at Washburn Friday (Sept. 28). She now has 67 points on 29 goals and nine assists, passing Missouri-Rolla's Lizz Szkrybalo (1999-2000 -- 66 pts.) for 10th.
Llewellyn, now alone in eight on the MIAA's career goals list, is a graduate of Francis Howell High School.
Others Nominated: Katie Buning, M, TSU; Hazel Cox, F, UCM; Marti Trummer, B, NWMSU.
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; 9/24 -- Amanda Deml, F, NWMSU.
Aline Lopes, GK
Southwest Baptist University
Lopes, a 5-foot-9 senior from São Paulo, Brazil, posted a 1-0-1 record with a 0.45 goals against average in two MIAA road matches last week for the Lady Bearcats.
She faced 19 shots at Washburn Thursday (Sept. 27) in a 0-0 draw, and made eight saves. Two saves came in the second overtime to preserve the shutout, her second of the year.
Lopes allowed a goal on seven shots and made one save in a 2-1 win at Emporia State Friday (Sept. 28).
Lopes is a graduate of Elvira Depardo Mea Murado, and transferred to SBU from Lassen (Calif.) Community College.
Others Nominated: Elizabeth Casey, GK, UCM; Shaylynn Milbourn, GK, MWSU; Jenny Persons, GK, WU; Emily Roark, GK, TSU.
Previous Winners: 8/27 -- Kaney Tyler, GK, MSSU; Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; 9/10 -- Emily Roark, GK, TSU; 9/17 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; 9/24 -- Emily Newsham, B, TSU.