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A player from Blue Mountain College is a bit short when it comes to rebounding against Freed-Hardeman University. The Lions, however, were beaten by the Toppers in the season opener Thursday at the Brewer Sports Center. Photo by James A. Webb, Independent

The Freed-Hardeman University women’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaker Monday evening in the AMC Tournament Semifinals, as they fell in a 5-4 shootout following a scoreless draw in Fulton, Mo.

Prior to the semifinal match, the American Midwest Conference announced the academic All-Conference recipients from each team, which requires athletes to maintain a 3.0 GPA. In total, Freed-Hardeman had 12 players earn Academic All-Conference honors including Avis Van Kampen, Cortnie Fitts, Chloe Finney, Alyssa Musselman, Laura Williams, Abbey Redferrin, McCall Decker, Sam Clymer, Nele Kirsch, Melissa Rossand Morgan Clemmons and Erin Douglas.

The Owls out-shot FHU 29-5 in the match, including 16 shots on goal. However, FHU keeper Erin Douglas was up for the challenge, saving all 16 shots she faced to post a clean sheet at the end of regulation.

In the shootout, the teams exchanged goals through the first four attempts, as Sam Clymer, Redferrin, Decker, and Melissa Ross made good on their shot attempts. Rosemary Lenz, Shelby Scanlan, Rachel Humble and Lexi Rosa also made good on their shot attempts for Williams Woods to even things up at four apiece. 

Neither team was able to score in the next shutout. From there, McKenzie Gourley made good on her shot attempt while West saved the next shot she faced from FHU senior forward van Kampen to give William Woods the 5-4 shootout victory.

“I was really proud of our team tonight as they gave us everything they had,” said head coach Jason Elliott. “Coming off a tough win over the top seed Missouri Baptist and then another really good opponent on two days rest with all the travel is difficult but our ladies really competed for 110 minutes and into penalty kicks where anything can happen. I wanted them to win this one so they could experience playing for a conference championship and they were right there. This one is obviously going to take a long time to get over.”

With the loss, the Lady Lions end their season with a record of 8-9-1. William Woods moves to 12-6-2 on the season with the win and advance to play Columbia College in the AMC Tournament Finals.

Upset one-seed Missouri Baptist

FHU opened up the tournament on Friday and defeated host and the top seed Missouri Baptist 2-0 in St. Louis, Mo. Missouri Baptist came into the match with and undefeated conference record and last lost on Sept. 1.

“I was very proud of our ladies today as they really gave us everything they had” said FHU Head Coach Jason Elliott. “Missouri Baptist has a great team and we hope they do great at nationals. Today our team really played for one another and wanted to accomplish this goal.  They have overcome a lot of injuries this year and I am happy for them to see this success.”