OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- An eventful weekend of action has further tightened the race for the four spots in the inaugural MIAA Postseason Women's Soccer Tournament.
With conference-leading Central Missouri (9-3-2, 7-2-1 MIAA) suffering their first two MIAA losses of the season, both Truman (10-4-1, 7-2-1 MIAA) and Southwest Baptist (7-5-2, 6-3-1 MIAA) splitting a pair while Washburn (7-5-4, 5-2-3 MIAA) went 1-0-1 -- only four points separates the top five teams in the standings with two weekends remaining.
Truman hosts two of the other top-five teams this week, and will need to win both to maintain a share of the conference lead.
The Bulldogs will by visited by Southwest Baptist Friday afternoon (Oct. 19) before No. 25 Missouri Southern (10-3-2, 6-3-1 MIAA) calls on Saturday (Oct. 20).
Truman lost to the Lady Bearcats, 1-0, in Bolivar back on Sept. 15, after winning at Southern the day prior by a 2-1 count.
The MSSU Lions will play at Northwest Missouri State (4-9-1, 3-6-1 MIAA) Friday, while SBU plays at Maryville the following day. Both teams posted a home shutout against the Bearcats earlier in the season.
The UCM Jennies will try to bounce back from having their 11-game unbeaten snapped with consecutive losses by playing at Emporia State (0-15, 0-10 MIAA) Friday, then going on to Washburn the next evening.
Central Missouri handed the Lady Blues a 1-0 loss in their meeting at Warrensburg, and downed ESU by a 6-0 score at home.
WU plays at Missouri Western (3-12, 2-8 MIAA) Friday night, then ESU hosts the Griffons on Saturday. MWSU lost a 7-1 decision at Washburn earlier in the year, the day after claiming a 3-0 home win over the Lady Hornets.
WU'S MAINZ CRACKS ANOTHER MIAA CAREER TOP 10: Washburn junior F Jessica Mainz, already making her ascent up the MIAA's career scoring and goals charts, cracked the career Top 10 for assists last weekend.
Mainz's pass to junior M Manon Engelhardt which led to the tie-breaking goal in the 48th minute of the Lady Blues' 2-1 win over Truman last Saturday (Oct. 13) was No. 14 of her career. She's now tied for 10th with former teammate Lauren Schwindt (2004-06), WU's career record-holder in assists.
Not only will Mainz get the school record with her next helper, but also tie Truman's Molly Benson (2002-05) for ninth on the league list.
Mainz remains fourth on the career scoring list with 94 -- two behind Central Missouri's Teleshia Joseph (2001-03 -- 96) for third, and third on the career goals list with 40.
SBU SNAPS JENNIES STRING AT 11: Freshman F Jaymye Ross' goal in the 103rd minute gave Southwest Baptist a 3-2 double-overtime win at Central Missouri Friday night (Oct. 12), and snapped the Jennies 11-game unbeaten steak (9-0-2).
After UCM freshman B Brittany Sharp scored an unassisted goal in the third minute, SBU answered in the eighth minute with an unassisted marker from freshman B Katie Whalon.
The Lady Bearcats gained a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute on a goal by freshman F Dominie Emmanuel off a feed from senior M/F Atefeh Heivary, but the Jennies tied it less than a minute later on a goal from junior F Hazel Cox.
WU ENDS TRUMAN'S SEVEN-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: The Washburn Lady Blues drew closer to the top four in the conference with a 2-1 home win over Truman Saturday (Oct. 13), which ended the Bulldogs' seven-game unbeaten string (6-0-1).
Sophomore M Katie Rueck gave Truman a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, but junior M Lisa Fahey drew WU even in the 34th minute, and the match went to halftime knotted at 1-1.
Less than three minutes into the second half, junior F Manon Engelhardt scored the go-ahead goal on junior F Jessica Mainz's pass.
Junior GK Jenny Persons made four saves to get the win. Washburn out-shot Truman, 16-7.
Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week
For the week of play ending Oct. 14
Nikki Llewellyn, M
Missouri Southern State University
Llewellyn, a 5-foot-7 junior from O'Fallon, Mo., had three goals -- two unassisted -- as the Lions closed to within one game of the lead in the conference standings with two wins last weekend.
She had her two unassisted markers in the first half of a 3-1 win at Missouri Western Friday night (Oct. 12). The first was on a direct free kick in the 33rd minute for a 2-0 lead, with the other coming in the 43rd minute on a breakaway.
Llewellyn scored an insurance goal in the 84th minute off an assist from Amy Davis in MSSU's 2-0 win at No. 5 Central Missouri Saturday (Oct. 13) -- as the Lions handed the Jennies their second loss in as many days.
Llewellyn, who moved up to seventh on the MIAA's career scoring list (34g, 9a, 77 pts.), is a graduate of Francis Howell High School.
Others Nominated: Michelle Canovi, F, MWSU; Manon Englehardt, F, WU; Isabel Gaeta, M, 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; 9/24 -- Amanda Deml, F, NWMSU; 10/1 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU; 10/8 -- Jessica Mainz, F, WU.
Shaylynn Milbourn, GK
Missouri Western State University
Milbourn, a 5-foot-11 senior from St. Joseph, Mo., made 10 saves as the Griffons upset Southwest Baptist, 1-0, Saturday night (Oct. 13).
She faced 22 shots from the Lady Bearcats, and made six of her 10 saves in the second half to keep Western in the match until junior F Michelle Canovi could score in the 89th minute and secure the lead.
It was her third shutout of the season, and first in nearly a month as the Griffons snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Milbourne is a graduate of Lafayette High School, and transferred to Western from the University of Nebraska following her freshman season.
Others Nominated: Brittany Cash, M, NWMSU; Jenny Persons, GK, WU.
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; 10/8 -- Lisa Senkle, GK, MSSU.
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