Bears' Offense Shines in 6-1 Win Over Oral Roberts
Sept. 27, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- Riding momentum from its past three matches, the Missouri State men's soccer team (2-4-2) cruised to a 6-1 win over Oral Roberts (2-5) on Tuesday night at Plaster Field. The Bears, who dominated the time of possession, scored more goals in tonight's matchup than they had totaled in their first seven games. The last time that the Bears scored six goals in a match was on September 17, 2005, against Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne.
"Our emphasis coming into the game was to keep doing the things we've been doing," head coach Jon Leamy said. "It was so great to see the ball in the back of the net. We are a tougher, more focused team after this last road trip."
Senior Jordan Hoffman got the ball rolling with a goal in the 22nd minute. The Chesterfield, Mo., native lined up in the left side of the box pulled in a pass sent from senior Heath Melugin, deked the defender and sent the low shot to the back of the net.
Less than ten minutes passed before the Bears tacked on another goal. Melugin sent a pass to senior Gerard Barbero, who found freshman Emmerich Hoegg streaking down the middle of the pitch. Hoegg had no trouble shooting it past Oral Roberts goalkeeper Nick Potolick to record his first goal of the regular season.
Missouri State headed into halftime with the 2-0 advantage while limiting the Golden Eagles to one shot in the period.
It didn't take long for the Bears to add another goal to the scorebook as Hoffman struck again in the 49th minute. Barbero was in on the assist again, taking a throw in and feeding it to Hoegg. Golden Eagles' Potolick came out to make the stop, but Hoegg dished it to a wide open Hoffman who tapped it in.
With a 3-0 lead, the Bears continued to play an aggressive game on offense. The fourth goal of the night came when freshman Pedro Cardenas charged the goalkeeper on a clear and deflected the ball into the net for his first career goal as a Bear.
Oral Roberts finally got onto the board when Golden Eagle defender knocked in a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.
Missouri State's offensive outburst didn't stop there as Brandon Besong was tripped up inside the box by goalkeeper Daniel McCarthy. Sophomore Jared Gain scored on the penalty kick and tallied his second goal of the season. To seal the deal, sophomore Cole Alexander took a rebound off the post and crossed it to a wide open Cardenas, who found the net for the second time in the second half.
Hoffman and Cardenas logged multi-goal games, while Barbero and Melugin also added multi-point performances with two assists apiece.
The Bears outshot the Golden Eagles 14-8 and allowed just shots on goal throughout the 90 minutes of play.
Before opening Missouri Valley Conference action, Missouri State will hit the road for a non-conference tussle with Northwestern on Saturday at 7 p.m.