FAYETTE, Iowa — After getting the 2018 season off to a rocky start, the Fort Hays State women's soccer team regained their momentum after a dominating 4-1 win over Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.
Both the Tigers (1-1) and the Mustangs were near even in the first half with shot attempts, with Fort Hays State recording six compared to five from Southwest Minnesota State. It wasn't until the 25th minute of the first half when junior transfer Chloe Montano found the back of the net right over the head of Mustang keeper Jessica Craigmile from 30 feet out. The goal gave the Tigers the 1-0 lead and would be the only score made in the first 45 minutes of play.
After the intermission, the play heated up on the field for the Tigers as they connected for three more goals. Freshman Cailey Perkins capitalized on an assist from Shayla Podlena to put the Tigers up 2-0 at the 59th minute. However, just two minutes later Southwest Minnesota State Morgan Darner headed an assist from Kelli Wentz past Fort Hays State goalkeeper Megan Kneefel.
With FHSU leading 2-1, Montano completed yet another 30-yard strike from the right side to add to the Fort Hays State lead at the 72-minute mark. She wasn't done there, though, as Montano again with just under 30 seconds remaining in regulation captured another goal for the Tigers near the far post.
The Tigers out-shot the Mustangs 13-8 with eight FHSU attempts on goal. Both goalies in the match each earned an even four saves as Kneefel pickd up the win.
The Tigers will again hit the road in the early season, this time traveling to Colorado for two matches. First on Friday, FHSU will meet up with No. 3 UC-Colorado Springs for a late-night contest slated for 8 p.m. On Sunday, the Tigers prepare will play at noon against CSU-Pueblo.