Sept. 3, 2012
CONWAY, Ark. - Freshman forward James Thomas registered his first career goal as a Bear and helped guide the Missouri State men's soccer team (3-0-1) to a 1-0 shutout of Lipscomb (1-3-0) on Monday. MSU concluded the University of Central Arkansas Tournament with two wins and extended its unbeaten streak to four games. It also marked the third consecutive shutout for sophomore keeper Andrew Riggs and the Bears' defense.
Missouri State's resilient defense continues to put pressure on opposing teams and has limited its past two opponents to a combined eight shots and one shot on goal. The Bears held the Bison to a pair of shot attempts in the first half and a desperation shot with three minutes remaining in the match.
Junior Cole Alexander got the attack started with the game's first two shot attempts. His second of two shots came on a header in the 13th minute, which was saved by Bison goalie John Schnurbusch. The two teams traded shot opportunities, but for the second game in-a-row, the Bears entered halftime at a 0-0 standstill.
Unlike Saturday's match against Oral Roberts, Missouri State was able to strike right out of the gates in the second period. In the 48th minute, Thomas scored an unassisted goal from 15 yards out gave the Bears what they needed to secure the win. The freshman from Doncaster, England became the sixth different MSU player to score a goal this season.
Alexander led the offensive attack with two shots, along with Thomas, Jon Boyack and Pedro Cardenas who each contributed one shot apiece. The Bears outshot Lipscomb 5-3 on the afternoon. Riggs picked up one save to bring his season total to nine.
The Missouri State men will stay on the tournament trail as they travel to Dayton, Ohio next weekend to take on Eastern Illinois (Sept. 7) and Green Bay (Sept. 9). Friday's match is set for 4:30 p.m. CST, while Sunday's contest is an 11 a.m. start.
Zac Burns, Central Arkansas
Omar Djabi, Lipscomb
Taylor Hart, Central Arkansas
Tyler Hill, Oral Roberts
Trevor Lafoon, Oral Roberts
Jack Roberts, Missouri State
Ethan Summers, Lipscomb
Andrew Turner, Missouri State
Offensive MVP: Mickey Segura, Central Arkansas
Defensive MVP: James Fawke, Missouri State