ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The weekend trip to Missouri for the Fort Hays State women’s soccer team ended with two big wins for the Tigers, including a 1-0 double-overtime victory against No. 20 Missouri Western. Silvana Romero netted her third goal of the season to give the Tigers their fourth MIAA win of the season, and improve their overall record to 7-3-2 and 4-1 in conference. With the loss, the Griffons drop to 10-2 this season and 4-1 in MIAA competition.
With the match remaining scoreless until the second overtime, the Griffons showed they had the offensive strength as they outshot the Tigers 25-11 in the match with 11 hitting on target compared to Fort Hays State’s three on goal. Conversely, Megan Kneefel collected 11 saves in net for the Tigers while Sara Lyle only brought in two for the Griffons. Kneefel now owns a 4-2-1 overall record anchoring in the net for Fort Hays State while Lyle drops to 10-3 on the season.
With neither team able to get on the board throughout regulation, the Griffons were forced into their first overtime match of the season while the Tigers appeared in their third. One overtime period ended with no scores, pushing the match to the decisive extra period. Just over five minutes into the second overtime, Silvana Romero scored from ten yards out from the box on the left side to earn a solo goal and her third so far this season. The goal lifted the Tigers to the 1-0 win over the Griffons for the third-straight victory against Missouri Western.
The Tigers look to continue their two-match winning streak as they host two home matches this coming weekend. On Friday (Oct. 13), Fort Hays State meets up with 2-8-1 Southwest Baptist in Hays at 6 p.m. On Sunday (Oct. 15), the Tigers kickoff with 1-7-2 Missouri Southern for a 1 p.m. match at FHSU Soccer Stadium.