KEARNEY, Neb. – Fort Hays State women's soccer team improved to 3-2 on the year with a 2-0 win over Nebraska-Kearney in non-conference play. The Lopers dropped to 1-3-2 overall. All three wins for FHSU this year have been shutouts.
The Tigers controlled the game from the opening kick. They attempted six shots in the first half (all by different players), while locking-down the Lopers to zero shots. Senior Darby Hirsch picked up her second goal of the year in the 20th minute after intercepting a pass from UNK's goalkeeper Emily Thuss (0-1). Less than 15 minutes later, Olympia Katsouridis netted her first goal of 2019 off a pass from Chloe Montano. The defense and goalkeeper Megan Kneefel (2-1) shut down UNK the rest of the way.
The defense was astounding, allowing the Lopers just one shot the entire match. It allowed Kneefel to pick up her second clean sheet of the season. The Tigers managed four shots on goal with one each from Perkins, Hirsch, Katsouridis, and Woods.
The Tigers return home on Friday (Sept. 27) to wrap-up the non-conference part of their schedule. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at FHSU Soccer Stadium against Washburn. MIAA play then begins on Sunday when Emporia State comes to town for a 1 pm start.