Missouri State Scores Late Game Winner in Stadium Opener
Aug. 20, 2014
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SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State men's soccer team started the fall campaign off with a 2-1 victory over Missouri S&T in front of a lively home crowd at the newly constructed Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium. Wednesday night's match was the first of two exhibitions on the Missouri State schedule.
The reigning Missouri Valley Conference champions began the night quickly. Redshirt junior Emmerich Hoegg scored a rebound in the box off of a saved shot in the 17th minute of play. The Bears stuck with the attack throughout the opening half, outshooting the Miners 11-2 in the period.
Missouri S&T did find a quick answer, coming off a free kick, less than four minutes later. Mitch Morris finished a Martin Klevjer cross with his head, evening the score. The score line remained the same through halftime and late into the game.
Freshman Ryan Burnyeat provided the late-night heroics for the Bears. In the waning minutes of the match, the Bears brought the ball up on the offensive attack. Hoegg crossed the ball from outside of the box, around 22 yards out. His pass connected perfectly with Burnyeat who promptly put away the game winner.
The Bears split time amongst three goalkeepers, Liam Priestley, Andrew Riggs, and Addison Watson, with neither one playing more than 31 minutes in the exhibition. The MSU goalies totaled three saves on the night.
The Bears final exhibition will be on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. following the Allison South stadium dedication. Tailgating for all attendees will start at 6 p.m. with free hot dogs, chips, Hiland Dairy ice cream and Coke products to the first 1,000 spectators, followed by a 6:45 p.m. dedication ceremony. The match against Missouri Valley College will follow the ceremonies and the first 500 fans will receive a commemorative miniature soccer ball.