I’ve updated my calendars for the area teams I’ll be tracking this season. All of the teams are in action this weekend and there are some interesting games on tap. Here are the current schedules for the Labor Day weekend. Check the schools website to be certain before heading out during this weekends weather.
The Drury Panthers, featuring three local women in Shelby Hatz, Lindsey Sprouse and Emily Cline (pictured), are hosting the Drury Invitational with four games for both the men and the women this weekend. A strong finish to last season â€“ a 4-1-1 mark in its final six matches â€“ has given the Drury women’s soccer team a healthy dose of optimism for the 2012 campaign. Now if they could just get everyone healthy so they could act upon it.
Friday Aug 31 7:30 pm: Drury vs Washburn (MIAA)
Sunday Sep 2, 2:30 pm: Drury vs Wayne State
Games are at Harrison Stadium/The Curry Sports Complex
A rough preseason on the injury front, including the loss of a prized freshman, Mariah Gove (ankle) to a season-ending injury before they even got started, has coach Alf Bilbao’s Panthers opening the season with a skeleton crew. The Panthers, coming off an 8-8-2 finish in 2011, will likely begin the campaign with just 14 healthy field players, but with several due to work their way back into the lineup as the season’s opening weeks commence. Read more
Friday Aug 31 5:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Wayne State
Sunday Sep 2 12:00 pm: Missouri S&T vs Washburn
The Missouri S&T Miners are also participating in the Drury Invitational and will face Washburn and Wayne State as well, saving direct matches against Drury for GLVC play later this season. The Miner’s are picked to finish 11th in the GLVC this season with a key factor being the loss of Melissa Young (Helias) who has graduated. A preview of the team can be found here.
Friday Aug. 31: MSSU at Missouri-St. Louis, 2:30 pm
Sunday Sept. 2: MSSU at Quincy 12 p.m.
The Missouri Southern womenâ€™s soccer team, picked to finish fifth this season, will begin play on the road. They will travel to Missouri St. Louis before heading north of the Missouri border to face Quincy. Defender Corrine Tebbs returns to anchor the Lion defense. Junior Tiffany Laughlin joins the squad from Missouri State. The Joplin Globe offered Southern Soccer Opens with Confidence today, a good read!
Friday Aug. 31: SBU vs. Upper Iowa 4:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 1: SBU vs. Concordia St. Paul 2:30 p.m.
The SBU Bearcats will open the season in Fayette, Iowa where they will face Upper Iowa and Concordia St. Paul. They are led by senior goalkeeper Megan Link who allowed only 2.13 goals per game and recorded two shutouts during the 2011 season.
My coverage list includes the Drury Panthers (D2, Great Lakes Valley Conference), Missouri S&T Miners (D2, GLVC), Missouri Southern Lions (D2, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and Southwest Baptist Wildcats (D2, MIAA) I’ve added College Women to the Calendar I maintain, you can find it in the right sidebar.