The Missouri S&T women’s soccer team played a pair of games over the weekend, facing off against Emporia State on Friday, before a matchup with Lindenwood on Sunday. The Lady Miners earned their first win of the season on Friday, before a 1-0 loss to Lindenwood on Sunday.
Senior midfielder Morgan Sikora(Highland, Ill./Highland) notched two goals to spark the Missouri S&T women's soccer team to a 4-2 non-conference victory over Emporia State this Friday (Sept. 7) afternoon at Lindenwood's Harlen C. Hunter Stadium in St. Charles, Mo.
Sikora tallied a goal apiece in each half, which included the match's final one with just under 16 minutes remaining, as the Miners even their season's record to 1-1-0.
S&T was the first to strike as Sikora scored at the 20:56 mark on a shot from 20 yards out on the right side for her first goal of this season as senior midfielder Taylor Vollmer picked up an assist.
The Hornets managed to knot the contest up at 1-1 precisely 18 minutes later on a goal from Olivia Miller, which was her first of the 2018 campaign. Miller's tally came via a four-yard rebound shot off a save.
The match remained tied until three minutes later when senior midfielder Mikaela Mockenhaupt(Oswego, Ill./Oswego) scored unassisted for S&T for her first goal of the season with 3:04 left in the opening half to put the Miners up 2-1 at intermission. Mockenhaupt registered the goal on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Taylor Vollmer's (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) second-half score, which was her first of the season, put the Miners in front for good at 3-1. Vollmer, who netted her goal at 47:06 of the second frame, took a pass from junior defender-midfielder Julia Crets (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) and kicked the ball from the far left side off of the right post past Emporia State's goalkeeper Jillian Patton.
Emporia State would get one back just under 15 minutes later to cut its deficit to 3-2 as Maria Walden found the S&T net from seven yards out. The Miners would add an insurance goal at the 79:43 mark when Morgan Sikora (Highland, Ill./Highland) scored again on a Taylor Vollmer (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) assist. Sikora fired a shot from 18 yards out on the right side to left side of the Hornets' goal.
Missouri S&T totaled 16 shots, including six on goal, while Emporia State generated 10 total shots with seven on the Miners' net. The Miners also held a five-to-four edge in corner kick tries.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Steins (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) earned the victory in net for S&T as she made five saves in 90 minutes of action. Jillian Patton took the loss for ESU by allowing all four Miner goals to go with a pair of saves as the Hornets fall to 2-1-0 overall on the season as a result of the setback.
The Missouri S&T women's soccer team then turned in a solid performance in this Sunday's (Sept. 9) non-conference matchup versus Lindenwood, but was unable to get a score as the Miners came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to the Lions at LU's Harlen C. Hunter Stadium.
For the contest, Missouri S&T won the statistical matchup in both shots (18-9) and shots on goal (7-4). The Miners also prevailed in corner kicks with a 5-2 margin.
The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes of play before the host Lions tallied the match's lone goal five minutes into the second half as LWU's Olivia Callipari scored her first of the year unassisted on a shot near the S&T goal post. S&T stepped up its offensive pressure in the second half as the Miners put six shots on net while also generating a 12-4 shots advantage.
Senior midfielder Mikaela Mockenhaupt (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) paved the way for S&T with a match-best five shots, which included three on goal, while junior midfielder Jess Haller (Eureka, Mo./Eureka)took four shots in the match. Senior midfielder Morgan Sikora (Highland, Ill./Highland), junior forward Kayla Foster (Sand Springs, Okla./Charles Page), senior midfielder Taylor Vollmer (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West), and junior defender-midfielder Julia Crets (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North)all totaled two shots apiece to account for the Miners' 18-team output. Sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Steins (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) played the entire 90 minutes for S&T and finished with three saves while her counterpart, Megan Swanson, stopped all seven Miner shots she faced. Haller, Vollmer, Foster, and Crets each tallied a shot on the LWU goal.
As a result of the setback, Missouri S&T falls to 1-2-0 overall this fall to date while Lindenwood improves its overall record this season to 2-1-1.
The Miners return home this Friday, Sept. 14, to begin Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play taking on the Bellarmine Knights in Rolla, Mo. The match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. (CT) start time at the S&T Soccer Field.