Aug. 20, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State men's soccer team dominated on defense in its exhibition finale on Monday (Aug. 20), defeating NCAA Division II neighbor Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 2-0. MSU's defense held the visiting Bearcats to just one shot the entire match, which came on a free kick from midfield in the 63rd minute.
In the final tune-up before the regular season, the Bears used the exhibition match as an opportunity to spread the minutes and some younger players some meaningful minutes on the field.
A trio of sophomores powered the Bears' offense on Monday, with the first goal coming in the 39th minute. Emmerich Hoegg laid a perfect corner kick ball into Pedro Cardenas at the right post. Cardenas then finished the play off with a sliding kick to punch the ball in and give Missouri State a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission.
At the break, the Bears outshot SBU 15-0 with six shots on frame.
Sophomore midfielder Hayden Sander tacked on a second goal for the Bears in the second half off of an errant pass from a Bearcat defender. With Bearcats' Austin Haywood coming forward, Sander took control of the bad pass and dribbled around the junior goalkeeper for the easy score.
Missouri State freshman goalkeeper Addison Watson spent all 90 minutes in goal and recorded the shutout with one save on the Bearcats' only shot of the night.
The Bears, meanwhile, racked up 29 shots, including a game-high for by Hoegg. Cardenas, Sander, junior Cole Alexander and Jon Boyack recorded three shots apiece. For the game, Missouri State registered 13 shots on goal.
For the second year in-a-row, the Bears will open the regular season at home against the Belmont Bruins. MSU will look to avenge a 2-1 loss from the 2011 season on Friday at 8 p.m. Prior to the men's match, the MSU women's soccer team will host the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 6 p.m.