KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fort Hays State received the No. 4 seed in the 2018 MIAA Women's soccer Tournament on Sunday. FHSU will host an opening-round tournament game on Wednesday against No. 5 seed Missouri Western at 6 pm inside FHSU Soccer Stadium.
Central Oklahoma earned the No. 1 seed as MIAA Regular Season champions and hosts No. 8 seed Washburn. Central Missouri (No. 2 seed) plays host to Lindenwood (No. 7 seed). Emporia State, which held the tiebreaker over FHSU for the No. 3 seed, plays host to No. 6 seed Northeastern State. FHSU and Emporia State tied for third in the regular season standings, but Emporia State's win over FHSU in conference play broke the tie for seeding.
The Tigers finished the regular season at 10-6-2 overall and 8-3 in the MIAA. Fort Hays State enters the tournament winners of five straight matches, while Missouri Western went 2-2 in its last four contests and finished 12-6 overall, 7-4 in MIAA play.
Following opening round games hosted by the top four seeds in the tournament, the remainder of the tournament will take place at the highest remaining seed's home field. The semifinals are set for Friday, November 2 and the championship will be on Sunday, November 4.
Fort Hays State locked up the first-round home match in the MIAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over Washburn on Sunday at FHSU Soccer Stadium.
A header goal by Olympia Katsouridis in the 83rd minute off a nice crossing pass from Cailey Perkins was all the Tigers needed for the victory. Nikita Woods also earned a helper on the play by passing ahead to Perkins before she sent in the crossing pass.
Shots were tough to come by throughout the afternoon with FHSU holding just an 8-6 advantage. The Tigers outshot the Ichabods by just one in each half, 3-2 in the first half and 5-4 in the second. Katsouridis and Perkins led the Tigers in shots with two each.
Deonna Wellbrock moved to 2-1 on the season in goal by earning a three-save shutout. Bailee Russell took the loss for Washburn, moving to 1-5-1 on the year.