OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The fifth-ranked Central Missouri Jennies (9-1-2, 7-0-1 MIAA) could be the first squad to secure one of the four available berths in the MIAA Postseason Women's Soccer Tournament, but will need wins over other tournament hopefuls to do so this weekend.
UCM will have Southwest Baptist (6-4-2, 5-2-1 MIAA) come to Jennies Field at the South Recreation Complex Friday (Oct. 12), while Missouri Southern (8-3-2, 4-3-1 MIAA) visits the Jennies Saturday (Oct. 13).
If Central Missouri defeats SBU, the Jennies can clinch a spot in the bracket with a win over Southern the following day. UCM has posted 1-0 road wins over both squads already this season.
Truman (9-3-1, 6-1-1 MIAA) could be on the brink of clinching a spot if the Bulldogs can claim a pair of road wins this weekend. The Emporia State Lady Hornets (0-13, 0-8 MIAA) are Truman's foe Friday, then the Bulldogs play at Washburn (6-5-3, 4-2-2 MIAA) the next evening.
Two Truman wins and two Southern losses would mean the Bulldogs could finish no worse than a tie for fourth with the Lions entering the last two weeks of regular season competition.
Truman has already won at home over both of the weekend's opponents -- 2-0 against WU and 7-0 vs. ESU.
The MSSU Lions are at Missouri Western (2-11, 1-7 MIAA) Friday night before heading to UCM. The Lions defeated the Griffons, 5-0, earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Northwest Missouri State (3-9, 2-6 MIAA) will be at Washburn Friday and ESU Saturday. The Bearcats claimed a 3-2 win over the Lady Hornets, but lost 2-0 to the Lady Blues when they played in Maryville.
After facing UCM, Southwest Baptist is at Western Saturday. The Lady Bearcats downed the Griffons by a 5-0 count in their first meeting.
WU'S MAINZ REACHING RARIFIED AIR ON LEAGUE LISTS: Washburn junior F Jessica Mainz scored three goals last weekend to break into the top five in both scoring and goals in MIAA history.
After starting the week tied for seventh on the career scoring list, Mainz leaped into sole possession of fourth place with 93 points (40 goals, 13 assists). She needs three points to match Central Missouri's Teleshia Joseph (2001-03) for third place and seven to become the third player in MIAA history with 100 points.
The 40 goals puts Mainz in third on the all-time league list, as she broke out of a three-way tie for fifth entering the week and passed Joseph (37), UCM's April Reyes (2000-03 -- 37) and Emporia State's Brandie Booth (2002-05 -- 40).
JENNIES' UNDEFEATED STRING REACHES 11: Sophomore F Melanie Hall scored two first-half goals as the Central Missouri Jennies extended their undefeated run to 11 games with a 5-0 victory over Missouri Western Thursday night (Oct. 4).
With UCM up 1-0 on an unassisted goal by sophomore M Lindsay Hoerl in the 18th minute, Hall bagged her markers in quick succession.
She scored her first early in the 37th minute, with the second coming late in the 39th -- bringing her season total to six. Both were unassisted.
Sophomore F Kayla Jupp scored in the 57th minute off a feed from junior F Hazel Cox, while a pass from senior B Kelsi Ginavan led to senior M/B Kelsi McCrite's first collegiate goal in the 86th minute.
UCM goalkeepers faced only four shots and had to make one save.
SBU'S HEIVARY HAS EVENTFUL WEEKEND: Southwest Baptist senior M/F Atefeh Heivary had an eventful Homecoming weekend.
Heivary scored the game-winning goal nine minutes into overtime to give the Lady Bearcats a 1-0 win over Missouri Southern Friday night (Oct. 5). It was SBU's first win over the Lions since 2005.
The London, England, native also was a candidate for Homecoming Queen -- but ultimately was not selected.
Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week
For the week of play ending Oct. 7
Jessica Mainz, F
Mainz, a 5-foot-8 junior from Topeka, Kan., set the Washburn single-season record for goals when she hit the back of the net three times as the Lady Blues went 1-1 last week.
She tied the record of 13 (which she set as a freshman and equaled as a sophomore) by scoring both goals in Washburn's 2-0 home win over Emporia State. Mainz has 10 career goals against the Lady Hornets, and scored the deciding goal in each of WU's last six wins over ESU.
In a 2-1 loss to defending NCAA Division II champion Metropolitan (Colo.) State Sunday (Oct. 7) in Omaha, Neb., Mainz scored in the third minute to give the Lady Blues the early advantage and break the school's season goal-scoring record.
Mainz, who is now third on the MIAA career goals list (40) and fourth in career points (93), is a graduate of Tecumseh (Kan.)-Shawnee Heights High School.
Others Nominated: Isabel Gaeta, M, TSU; Melanie Hall, F, UCM; Atefeh Heivary, M/F, SBU.
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; 10/1 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU.
Lisa Senkle, GK
Missouri Southern State University
Senkle, a 5-foot-11 junior from Tracy, Calif., went more than 180 minutes in her first two collegiate starts for the Lions without allowing a goal, posting a 1-1 record last week.
She stopped two shots in getting a home shutout over Northeastern (Okla.) State, 5-0, Wednesday (Oct. 3).
Senkle made seven saves before allowing SBU's Atefeh Heivary to score in the 98th minute of a 1-0 overtime home loss Friday (Oct. 5). She faced 11 shots in the match.
She is a graduate of Merrill F. West High School, and transferred to MSSU from California State University-Los Angeles following her freshman season.
Others Nominated: Kelsi Ginavan, B, UCM; Aline Lopes, GK, SBU; Amanda Olah, M, NWMSU; 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; 10/1 -- Aline Lopes, GK, SBU.
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