Aug. 17, 2012
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - In its second straight exhibition road match Friday, the Missouri State soccer team struggled early and was handed a 3-0 loss by Missouri Valley Conference foe SIU Edwardsville. The Bears allowed two first-half goals and a third goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
"There was some good, some bad and some ugly," said head coach Jon Leamy after the shutout loss. "We played with some intensity in a great environment. It was a good chance to see a strong team for an exhibition game and that was exactly what we needed."
All three of the SIU Edwardsville's goals were scored on starting goalkeeper Andrew Riggs before the Bears inserted Starkville, Miss. freshman Addison Watson for the remainder of the match. Watson registered one save in 35 minutes of play in the second period.
Cougar forward Kevin Stoll was the top performer Friday, first assisting Brian Groark on SIUE's first score of the night. He then tallied the next two goals for the Cougars and put the game out of reach for the visiting Missouri State Bears.
On the evening, Missouri State was unable to find the back of the net, registering seven shots with three on goal. Sophomore midfielder Jack Roberts led all Bears with two shots. He was also one of three bears with shots on target.
SIU Edwardsville outshot MSU 10-7 and each team had three saves apiece.
The Bears will wrap up the preseason at home on Monday (Aug. 20) with an exhibition contest against NCAA Division II opponent Southwest Baptist (Mo.).
"We're excited about getting back to work," Leamy added. "We're going to make tomorrow a better day and get ready for our exhibition match on Monday."