Aug. 14, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - In its first of three exhibition matches this Fall, the Missouri State men's soccer team came from behind to steal a 2-1 victory from Tulsa on Tuesday evening at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.
"We did some good things defensively and played better collectively," head coach Jon Leamy said. "We created some good goal-scoring opportunities. There were some negatives and things we need to keep working on, but overall there were more positives than negatives and that's the mark of a good team."
Tulsa's Cristian Mata put the Hurricane offense on the board before halftime in the 41st minute taking a pass from Miguel Zapata and punching it past MSU goalkeeper Andrew Riggs.
In the first half, the Bears registered five shots with two on goal, while Tulsa took their 1-0 lead into the break with three shots.
The three shots were all that the Bears' defense would allow in the game, holding the Hurricane without a shot in the final 45 minutes. Missouri State's strong defense allowed the attack to make its move.
Sophomore Brandon Besong scored the equalizer in the 67th minute. Fellow sophomore Parker Maher smacked the ball into the box and as it came off another player and the goalie, Besong lunged forward at the far post and slipped one into the back post with a diving header.
Junior Cole Alexander, one of the Bears' top goal scorers from 2011, played a long ball from junior Jarred Clark and was able to get around the goalie and scored into an open net for the gamewinner with less than five minutes remaining.
Missouri State finished the game with 10 shots, seven of which were on goal, compared to Tulsa's 7 shots and two shots on goal. The Bears also led the corner kick battle, 6-5.
MSU will continue to gear up for the regular season with an exhibition match on the road at conference foe SIU Edwardsville on Friday, August 17.