Two quick Central Oklahoma goals proved to be too big of a deficit for the Fort Hays State women's soccer team to come back from. In the end, the No. 20 Bronchos notched one more goal to claim the 3-0 victory over the Tigers, staying unbeaten on the season at 9-0. Fort Hays State drops to 2-5-2 and 0-2 in MIAA play nearing the midway point of the season.
Asha Haile got things going quickly for the Bronchos, netting two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match. Haile earned her third goal of the season as she rebounded a shot off the post and beat the Tiger keeper Deonna Wellbrock to the right following as assist from Haley Post. At the 14:46 mark, Haile struck again on a double-assist play from Katie Killion and Taryn Kedzior as she snuck behind Wellbrock to put the Bronchos up 2-0. That score would hold through the remainder of the first half. Central Oklahoma limited the Tigers to zero shots in the first 45 minutes as they headed into the locker room with the momentum.
In the second half, the Tigers only got one shot off against the ranked opponent. With just twelve minutes left in regulation, the Bronchos sealed the victory as Morgan Cherry captured her fourth goal of the season from two-yards out. Central Oklahoma took the victory at a margin of 3-0, giving the Tigers their first shutout loss since the first match of the season.
In total, the Bronchos recorded 17 shots as opposed to just one from the Tigers. Kelsi Gibson picked up the win in goal for Central Oklahoma without seeing a shot on frame, improving to 8-0 on the season in net. Wellbrock, making her first start of the season, took the loss with five saves. Wellbrock drops to 0-1.
The Tigers continue their home stand on Sunday as they host the RiverHawks of Northeastern State. That battle is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.