Bears Play Fifth Straight Overtime Game, Tie Xavier 0-0
Sept. 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State men's soccer team (4-1-1) and the Xavier Musketeers (2-3-2) played to a double-overtime scoreless draw on Saturday afternoon at Plaster Field.
This was the fifth straight overtime game for the Bears, and the first one to end in a tie.
Missouri State had a few opportunities throughout the contest, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net, despite outshooting the Musketeers 14-3.
"When you play a game like this, you don't really want to walk away with the draw, but we're not losing," said head coach Jon Leamy. "It's just a good battle and our guys are finding a way."
Bears goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg recorded his third shutout of the season, but recorded no saves on the day.
"My defense did their job, they kept it slow for me," said Spangenberg. "Everybody marked up well and that was what we needed."
On the Musketeers best scoring opportunity, Bears midfielder Brandon Barbero made the play of the day. Xavier earned a corner kick in the 57' minute. Once the ball was kicked, Xavier defender Todd Pratzner broke free and was able to get his head on the ball. The ball soared to the left of Spangenberg on frame, but fortunately for the Bears, midfielder Brandon Barbero was waiting on the goal line and used his head to clear the ball out of the danger area.
"I was standing where I was supposed to and saw the ball coming towards me," explained Barbero.
"I saw him break loose and tracked the ball as it came to me."
The Bears play next at Oral Roberts on Wednesday evening. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.