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FHSU women pick up win

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FHSU women pick up win

Published on -9/25/2012, 10:51 AM

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By KLINT SPILLER

kspiller@dailynews.net

After Friday's loss on the road to a previously winless Missouri Southern State University, Fort Hays State University women's soccer coach Craig Shaw expected a less lackadaisical performance against a struggling Friends University.

Shaw didn't see it in the first half, but after an impassioned halftime speech, his club delivered, scoring five goals in the second half and winning 6-0.

"The halftime speech was a little intense, so we decided to come out and take it to them," FHSU senior forward Sade Humphrey said.

Shaw said it was good to see a higher level of intensity in the second half from FHSU (5-3). Friends dropped to 1-5 and now has been outscored 38-3 this season.

"I was going to give them tomorrow off, but I told them at halftime there's no way we'll have tomorrow off if we don't play the second half like we know we should," Shaw said. "We came out and scored five goals in the second half. That's definitely what we needed."

The Tigers dominated the run of play, posting 31 shots and 19 shots on goal. Friends had one shot, and it wasn't on goal.

In the first half, FHSU had 15 shots and eight shots on goal, but despite all the attempts, the Tigers finished the half with just one goal.

And that goal required some luck.

In the 13th minute, Humphrey received a pass from freshman Jordan Hester and attacked from the left side of the field. She sent in a cross that ricocheted off the back post and bounced back into Friends goalkeeper Tina Clausen's hands.

When Clausen caught it, she was standing on the endline, and the sideline referee ruled it a goal.

"I was actually just trying to cross it, and it hit the post and went inside," Humphrey said. "Then boom. I was not even trying to score."

The Tigers came out in the second half and took control of the match, scoring two goals in the first five minutes.

Freshman midfielder Alexis Aiman delivered a cross on a corner kick, and freshman midfielder Kylee Loneker headed it into the goal in the 48th minute.

Humphrey got her second goal of the day in the 51st minute, as she made a sliding kick to get the ball past the goalkeeper. Aiman provided the assist.

Loneker got her second goal in the 60th minute, as she received a pass from freshman defender Dani Harris and shot from approximately 25 yards out, sending the ball over the goalkeeper's head.

Freshman forward Ember Albertson and senior midfielder Bethany Keefer scored the final two goals.

Albertson shot from the top of the box into the top right corner of the goal in the 71st minute, and Keefer hit in a corner kick from freshman defender Gabrielle Makatura in the 88th minute.

"They've got to find it within themselves," Shaw said. "There's nothing really I can magically do as a coach. It's the intensity that they need to bring. It's the urgency."

FHSU started the second half without all-MIAA midfielder Cindy Benitez. Shaw elected to start senior midfielder Nicole Randall instead. Benitez was subbed in later in the half, and Shaw said he was happy with her performance in the latter part of the match.

"We wanted to put some fire on her," Shaw said. "She's always been a starter, and I didn't think she played as well in the first half and I thought Randall did. We are good enough we can bring someone else on, and Cindy came on and played brilliant."

The second half was big, especially after the Tigers lost 2-1 on Friday at Missouri Southern, who at the time was 0-5-1.

"We didn't show up," Shaw said about his team's performance against Missouri Southern. "We turned up on the field and thought we were Fort Hays State. We were doing well. We were predicted to do this and that, and everyone loves us. We thought we would just come away with the win, kind of like we came out here (in the first half)."

The Tigers now must face two more MIAA opponents in Washburn University (1-6, 1-2 MIAA) on Friday and Emporia State University (3-4-1, 0-2-1) on Sunday -- both at FHSU Soccer Stadium, so Shaw said it was good to see his team ratchet up the intensity in the second half.

Humphrey agreed.

"We want to keep winning from here on out," she said. "We beat ourselves against Missouri Southern."

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