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Midway women’s soccer opens season with 5-0 victory

The Midway University women’s soccer team opened its season on Thursday, Aug. 31, with a bang when they defeated Salem International (W. Va.), 5-0, at the Midway Soccer Field. The Eagles (1-0-0) took a 1-0 lead into the locker room, but in the second half they poured it on, scoring four goals en route to the 5-0 victory. Midway dominated in all facets of the game doubling up the Tigers (0-1-0) in shots 14-7. The Eagles also tallied 10 shots on goal, while Salem International collected just three. It took the Eagles just eight minutes to net their first goal of the season. Larissa Cussins (Cheyenne, Wyo.) played a through ball and found Regan Snyder (Monroe, Ohio) who slid it past the keeper and into the back of the net to give Midway a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. After the first goal of the game, both team’s respective defenses would begin to settle in and it became a struggle to find the back of the net as Midway took a 1-0 lead into the locker room. It looked as though Salem International had tied it early in the second half, but the goal was nullified after the goal scorer was called offside. Midway would take advantage of the nullified goal when Snyder netted her second goal of the game in the 58th minute. This time, the sophomore took a pass from Kindsay Miller-Riney (Bardstown, Ky.) as the Eagles extended their lead to 2-0. Fifteen minutes later in the 73rd minute, Miller-Riney found the back of the net for her first goal of 2017. The senior got behind the defense and took a pass from Cussins to push Midway’s lead to 3-0. The Eagles scored their final two goals in the 79th and 80th minutes when the same duo hooked up for both goals. Cussins assisted on her third and fourth goals of the day when she found Madyson Tipton (Paris, Ky.) who netted her first two goals of her collegiate career. Midway had other chances to score in the final 10 minutes, but head coach Sherrill Smith began to empty his bench and get his young players some valuable playing time as the defense was able to hold on for the shutout. Picking up the shutout victory in goal for Midway was Emily Belt (Paducah, Ky.). The senior picked up her first win of the season after playing all 90 minutes in goal and collecting three saves. Belt was named the River States Conference’s Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for her performance against Salem International.

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