OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The MIAA regular season women's soccer championship could come down to the last match of the conference schedule.
Truman (12-4-1, 9-2-1 MIAA) has a one-game lead over Central Missouri (10-4-2, 8-3-1 MIAA) heading into the final weekend, and meet for their final MIAA match Saturday (Oct. 27) in Warrensburg.
For the Jennies to have a chance at the title, which comes with home-field advantage for the inaugural MIAA Postseason Tournament, they first need to defeat Northwest Missouri State (5-10-1, 4-7-1 MIAA) at home on Friday (Oct. 26).
If that happens, it will be a one-game, winner-takes-the title game Saturday, The two squads played to a 1-1 tie at Kirksville on Sept. 28. The winner of the match would have tiebreaker advantage if needed.
Three other teams will be joining UCM for the final three spots in the tournament (Truman has secured its berth). Washburn (9-5-4, 7-2-3 MIAA) plays at Missouri Southern (10-5-2, 6-5-1 MIAA) Friday, then goes to Southwest Baptist (8-6-2, 7-4-1 MIAA) Saturday.
Washburn's only hope to defend its regular season championship is to sweep the last two games, and have Truman play to draws in its last two.
SBU hosts Emporia State (0-17, 0-12 MIAA) before the Lady Blues come to town. A win over the Lady Hornets and a Washburn win over Southern will secure a spot for the Lady Bearcats.
Southern plays host to ESU Saturday.
The MIAA Postseason Tournament is slated to start Nov. 3, with the title match the following day. The regular season champion is slated to be the host.
COX CRACKS MIAA TOP 10 IN GOALS AS UCM SURVIVES UPSET BID: Central Missouri junior F Hazel Cox became the third active player to crack the MIAA's career top 10 in goals with her game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime win at Emporia State Friday (Oct. 19).
Cox scored in the 104th minute on an unassisted goal from 15 yards out, beating the goalkeeper to the post to break the deadlock.
ESU took a 1-0 lead just before halftime on a goal in the 44th minute by freshman F Kayleigh Dobbs off a feed from sophomore F Alicia Smith.
Central Missouri peppered ESU junior GK Megan Martin with 30 shots in regulation (she made 14 saves), but the last was a penalty kick by junior M Carrie Twellman with 19 seconds left in the second half that found the back of the net to force OT.
Martin made two saves on three shots in the first OT, but Cox netted her 27th career goal to end the game and move into a ninth-place tie with Missouri-Rolla's Denise McMillan (1999-2000) and Southwest Baptist's Rachael Neal (1999-2002).
LADY BLUES BLANK JENNIES: Junior M Lisa Fahey's goal in the 82nd minute was all Washburn needed for a 1-0 win over Central Missouri Saturday night (Oct. 20) in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl.
Fahey to a free kick from junior M Traci Nigg and headed the ball into the net from 10 yards away.
Washburn out-shot the Jennies, 15-4, but had only a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Junior GK Jenny Persons made three saves to preserve the shutout.
TRUMAN GET SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST, SEALS TOURNEY BERTH WITH WIN OVER MSSU: The Truman Bulldogs secured a spot in the MIAA Postseason Tournament with a 3-1 win over Missouri Southern Saturday (Oct. 20) at Truman Soccer Park.
Truman jumped to a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minute s gone in the game. Sophomore M Katie Reuck scored off a feed from sophomoreF Jessica Wiegert in the eighth minute, then Wiegert scored herself on a pass from junior M Bridget Pohren 104 seconds later.
Reuck added a third goal in the 78th minute, while Southern avoided the shutout with an unassisted goal from junior M Nikki Llewellyn in the 89th minute.
Junior GK Emily Roark made four saves to get the win for Truman.
Brine®/MIAA Women's Soccer Players of the Week
For the week of play ending Oct. 21
Katie Reuck, M
Truman State University
Reuck, a 5-foot-3 sophomore from Jacksonville, Ill., scored two goals in Truman's 3-1 victory over No. 25 Missouri Southern Saturday (Oct. 22) to take sole possession of first place.
She scored in the seventh minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, then added an insurance marker in the 77th. Reuck had three shots on the day.
The two goals ties her for the team lead with six on the season.
Reuck is a graduate of Jacksonville High School.
Others Nominated: Danielle Ayala, F, WU; Meigan Soo, M,MWSU.
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; 10/15 -- Nikki Llewellyn, M, MSSU.
Jenny Persons, GK
Persons, a 5-foot-7 junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., posted a shutout in her only action of the week, as WU blanked Central Missouri, 1-0, Saturday night (Oct. 22).
She made three saves on four shots, none likely bigger than the one made just 21 seconds after the Lady Blues had secured the lead in the 82nd minute.
Persons is a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, and transferred to WU from the University of Texas-El Paso following her sophomore season.
Others Nominated: Brittany Cash, M, NWMSU; Shaylynn Milbourn, GK, MWSU; Kim Wolff, B, 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; 10/8 -- Lisa Senkle, GK, MSSU; 10/15 -- Shaylynn Milbourn, GK, MWSU.