MARYVILLE, Mo. — After their first MIAA loss last week, the Tigers earned a come-from-behind victory over Northwest Missouri State to capture their third conference win of the season in a 2-1 win Friday. Fort Hays State now improves to 6-3-2 and 3-1 in MIAA play with the victory.
After a scoreless first half for both teams, the Bearcats struck first, netting a goal under two minutes into the second half. Bri Wawiorka earned her second goal of the season off an assist from Madie Kreuger to start the scoring in the match for Northwest Missouri State. Just eight minutes later, the Tigers netted their own goal to tie up the match as Darby Hirsch captured her second goal of the season.
The decisive moment of the match came as the Bearcats failed to clear on a corner kick to give an own goal to the Tigers, increasing their lead to 2-1. It would be the game-winning moment for Fort Hays State as it took the victory to earn a third MIAA victory in the early conference season. The Bearcats led the offensive charge in the game as they outshot the Tigers 25-11. Eden Stoddard led the way for the Tigers with four shots.
Megan Kneefel picked up another victory in net for the Tigers as she collected 11 saves in her 90 minutes played. Kneefel improved to 2-2-1 for the season as the anchor in net for the Tigers.
The Tigers will stay in Missouri for another MIAA match-up as they face a tough challenge in No. 20 Missouri Western State. Fort Hays State will travel to St. Joseph, Mo., for the tilt which is slated to kick at noon Sunday.