The soccer team took on Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo. on Sunday. Emporia State attempted two shots in the first half, compared to Missouri Southern’s eight. The Hornets found the lead at the 9:16 mark with a goal from freshman forward Emily Burris, her first goal as a Hornet.
Missouri Southern tied the score, 1-1, with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Missouri grabbed the lead in the 66th minute of the game, giving them a 2-1 advantage. ESU junior forward Tommi Bouknight also had a goal in the second half, forcing overtime.
In overtime, neither team was able to put the ball in the net, ending the game on a tie. Missouri out-shot the Hornets 5-1 in overtime and 19-6 for the game. ESU junior goal keeper Melanie Nuessen made seven saves overall.
“We gave it our all for a full 110 minutes and truly left it all out on the field,” said Sarah Thomas, sophomore health promotions major and defender for the Hornets. “We never let ourselves get down. Once we lost the ball, we were right there to win it back. I couldn’t have asked for more from my team – everyone stepped up, and I’m so proud of them.”
Katie Wolfe, freshman elementary education major and defensive player, said it was “really hard” when the Hornets were down 2-1.
“But we really came together as a team and were able to come back and tie it. It was the first time all season we have been able to come back and tie a game up when we have gone down,” Wolfe said. “I was so proud of everyone for playing their hearts out for the entire 110 minutes and never giving up.”
According to the ESU’s athletics website, the Hornets’ next game is at 4 p.m. at home on Friday against Northeastern State. They also play at 2 p.m. Sunday at home against Central Oklahoma for their final regular season game.