EMPORIA — The Fort Hays State women’s soccer team entered a weekend road trip confident it could end a three-game losing skid. One streak ended on Friday and another continued on Sunday as the Tigers won their second consecutive match with a 3-2 victory in Emporia.
The Tigers scored just two goals in their first four matches. After scoring three goals in a win Friday against Nebraska-Kearney, they were not put down by an eighth-minute goal by Emporia on Sunday.
Fort Hays responded by scoring two goals in just 27 seconds, starting with a penalty kick converted by junior midfielder Hannah Smith, her first of the season. Freshman Cassi Moosburger followed suit with a tap-in goal — the first of her college career — from 2 yards out to give the Tigers the lead in the 35th minute. The Tigers took a 2-1 advantage into the break.
Senior forward Kylee Loneker scored her second of the season when Moosburger found her in the middle of the box for a goal from 5 yards out to give the Tigers a two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute.
Emporia answered with a header goal in the 81st minute, but Fort Hays (3-3) survived 23 Emporia shots to get back to .500.
Though Emporia is an MIAA opponent, the Tigers’ first game against the Hornets, as well as Nebraska-Kearney and Washburn, will be ruled as non-conference games due to MIAA groupings. All MIAA teams will play 11 conference matches.
The Tigers open MIAA play when they welcome Southwest Baptist (3-3) to Hays on Friday for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Missouri Southern (2-4) will end the weekend homestand with a 2:30 p.m. start Sunday.