ST. CHARLES, Mo. – In its second road game of the weekend, the Fort Hays State women's soccer team ended on a high note, collecting a 3-0 win at Lindenwood. The Tigers went 1-1 on the weekend after suffering a 1-0 loss to No. 17 Central Missouri on Friday. With the win, FHSU improved to 6-6-2 overall alongside a 4-3-0 mark in MIAA play. The Lions also now boast a 6-6-2 record and 3-3-1 conference total.
The morning matchup saw neither team able to take control in the first 45 minutes as the Tigers and Lions headed to the locker room scoreless. Both programs had their chances at getting on the board, with Fort Hays State attempting four shots while Lindenwood recorded three. However, all shots fell outside the net to keep the score evened.
The second half turned out to be the Cailey Perkins show, however, as she netted the first goal of the contest to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the 68th minute of play. Emily Naysmith was credited with the assist after she found Perkins on the right side seven yards out of the goal to give her the perfect spot for the shot. This goal would account for Perkins' fourth of the season, a mark which puts her as the team leader.
Perkins was not done against the Lions as she earned her fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute to give the Tigers the 2-0 advantage late in the contest. Nikita Woods was credited for the assist after she sent a pass through the left side down field for Perkins to send it past the Lions' keeper.
The two Perkins goals would not be the only impact the freshman had on the game, as she recorded an assist on the third and final goal of the game. In the 87th minute, Perkins found Jenna Prince for a two-on-one opportunity as Perkins sent the ball back to Prince for the goal. This would be Prince's first goal in a Tiger uniform.
The three Tiger goals would prove to be more than enough to give Fort Hays State their sixth win and boost their MIAA record back into the winning column. This shutout is the fourth on the year for Fort Hays State.
Deonna Wellbrock gets her first win of the season in goal for the Tigers to improve her record to 1-1. Wellbrock earned three saves on the day to total her season amount to 10. Megan Swanson takes the loss for the Lions alongside five saves to drop her record on the season to 3-5-2.
The Tigers out-shot the Lions by a wide margin at 13-4 with Perkins accounting for the most of all players at four. Lindenwood did hold the edge in saves during the match as they collected six compared to three from Fort Hays State.
Fort Hays State is set for another weekend of travel as they head back to Missouri next weekend. First up, they will meet Missouri Southern on Friday for a 6 p.m. kickoff. On Sunday (Oct. 21), the Tigers travel to Southwest Baptist to take on the Bearcats at 2 p.m.