Oct. 8, 2008
Northwest Enters Midway Point of MIAA Season
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Fresh off the biggest upset in program history, the Northwest Missouri State soccer team enters perhaps its most crucial portion of its 2008 season.
During the next two weeks, Northwest will twice take on Washburn and Emporia State, two teams that trail the Bearcats in the MIAA standings. Sandwiched in between is a rematch at home against Truman, the top team in the region.
The Bearcats are 10th in the first regional poll released Tuesday. The four teams ahead of Northwest in the MIAA standings occupy four of the six available slots for postseason play.
Northwest (7-3-1) took its first step towards the postseason with its 2-1 win against then-No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha Saturday. The goal this week is to reach nine wins, which would equal the Bearcats' single-season record.
First up is Thursday's road trip to Topeka, where the Bearcats are winless in five tries (0-3-2). The Lady Blues (6-5-1) are 2-4 in conference play after shutting out Missouri Southern 1-0 at home Saturday. Danielle Ayala's third goal of the season was the game-winner.
Washburn is led by senior All-America forward Jessica Mainz, who's 46 career goals are the third-most in conference history. Mainz had 15 goals and seven assists a year ago, but has been held to five scores and no assists thru 12 games this season.
Washburn has two wins and a tie against ranked teams this year, but all have come in non-conference play. The Lady Blues' four conference losses have come to the top three teams in the MIAA standings.
Northwest has played its best soccer of the year in recent games, though it hasn't always resulted in a win. The Bearcats have allowed four goals in their last six games, and only allowed two goals to one team all season (Truman).
Rikki Southard's and Kelsey Sanders' goals against UNO ended a string of three scoreless games by the Bearcats. Andrea Tritz, who scored five goals in four non-conference games to start the season, has yet to score number six in seven league contests.
Live stats of Thursday game will be provided on the Northwest web site. Game time at Yager Stadium is 7 p.m.
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