Aug. 28, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri State men's soccer program got its first victory of the 2012 season Tuesday, shutting out UMKC 3-0 on the road at Durwood Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Bears won their second straight game against the Kangaroos and improved their all-time series record to 17-4-0. In the past two meetings, MSU has outscored UMKC 8-1.
Looking to get onto the scoreboard in the 19th minute, midfielder Matt Bray nearly connected from 35 yards out, but hit the crossbar. Seconds after the missed scoring opportunity, junior Jared Gain caught UMKC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow off guard and sent a shot from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the net for the first goal of the evening.
Just 62 seconds later, the Bears were back in UMKC territory and ready to strike again. A series of quick passes from the Bears' attack led to an open Eric Martin on the play and Missouri State's second goal. Martin trapped a one-touch pass from Gain and snuck the shot past Sparrow. It was the senior's first goal of the season and second of his career. Both Gain and sophomore Jack Roberts were credited with an assist.
Missouri State tacked on another goal with 32 seconds remaining in the first period. Freshman Jon Boyack found himself in the right place at the right time as he rebounded a deflected shot inside the box and tapped it in to increase the Bears' lead to 3-0. Boyack registered his first career goal in a Missouri State uniform.
UMKC looked to get on the board in the second half, but a strong Missouri State defense secured the shutout and denied the Roos' a goal on seven shot attempts.
Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Riggs matched a career-high with four saves, three of which came in the first half.
Martin and Maher led the Bears with two shots apiece, while the Kangaroos outshot the victorious Bears 10-7 on Tuesday.
Missouri State returns to the pitch on Friday at the University of Central Arkansas Tournament. The Bears first match of the tourney is set for 1:30 p.m. against Oral Roberts, followed by a Sunday meeting with Lipscomb at 12 p.m.