Lady Blues maintain record above .500 thanks to Ayala goal

A goal from senior Danielle Ayala kept the Blues’ postseason hopes alive.

John Henderson

The Lady Blues soccer squad shut out Missouri Southern University 1-0 Saturday to improve their record to 6-5-1, and 2-4 in the MIAA.

If Washburn had lost this conference game, they would have dropped to eighth in the standings, and chances of a return to the post season would have become even more difficult.

Danielle Ayala made sure that was not the case, scoring her third goal of the season, and the only goal of the game, in the 34th minute of play from 4 yards out. The goal was assisted by Lauren Henry.

Washburn outshot Missouri Southern 17-4 throughout the game, with goalkeeper Jenny Persons picking up two saves.

The Lady Blues’ record continues to waver around the .500-mark, which is fitting considering how closely Washburn’s stats match up with their opponents.

On the season, the Lady Blues goals/shot attempt ratio is 17-170, a .100 shot percentage. Opponents have a ratio of 13-126, which makes a .103 shot percentage. Washburn is averaging 14.2 shots a game while opponents are shooting 10.5 times per game. The Lady Blues have done a slightly better job setting up teammates, topping opponents in the assist category 13-8.

The home stadium is supposed to be where the team shines, but so far WU soccer home record stands at an average 2-2.

Though the Lady Blues escaped possible disaster this weekend, the team needs to get some separation between the win-loss column in order to make an appearance in the post season.