Special to The Hays Daily News
KEARNEY, Neb. -- The Fort Hays State women's soccer team pushed its win streak to five matches on Thursday, with a 4-1 comeback win against the University of Nebraska-Kearney. The Tigers moved to 11-4-2 overall and 9-2-2 in the MIAA with the win, while the Lopers fell to 4-11-2 and 4-8-1 in the MIAA.
Nebraska-Kearney took the early lead in the match with a goal at 7:51 by Meaghan Pasbrig, but the Tigers found the equalizer just before the half at 42:31 as Mallory Diederich bent a corner kick all the way into the goal.
Diederich, one of Fort Hays State's defenders, was not done with her scoring act as she put the Tigers in front at 61:03 on an 18-yard kick from the right side of the box. That would be the start of a three-goal half for the Tigers as they ran away to earn a regular season sweep over the Lopers.
At 81:59, Hailey Davey added a goal from about 20 yards out on a breakaway after an assist from Hannah Smith. Fiorella Fustagno put an exclamation point on the win with a goal at 88:22 on a kick from the right side of the box from about 12 yards out. Jasmine Beaulieu notched an assist on the goal.
The Tigers doubled up the Lopers in shots in the match, 14-7. Goalkeeper Kristen Thompson moved to 11-4-2 on the season, making three saves.
Fort Hays State wraps up the regular season at home on Sunday when it hosts Washburn at FHSU Soccer Stadium. Match time is set for 3:30 pm and the five seniors on the squad will be recognized prior to the match.
The Tigers have locked up hosting a first-round conference tournament match, which will be on Wednesday, at 6 pm. Opponent is still to be determined following the final weekend of conference play.