Shorthanded Bears Fall to Lipscomb 1-0
Sept. 29, 2013
The Missouri State men’s soccer team (4-3-1) dropped a tough match against the visiting Lipscomb Bisons (4-3-1) at Plaster Field on Sunday afternoon.
The critical point in the game came on a Bears scoring opportunity in the 23rd minute. A ball was played across the middle of the box on the ground, intended for the attacking Emmerich Hoegg. Both the Lipscomp goalkeeper Micah Bledsoe and Hoegg came together to meet the ball and Hoegg’s foot and the goalkeeper collided. The referees issued a straight red card on the simultaneous collision, and the Bears were forced to play with only ten players for the rest of the game.
“I think our guys did really well. We can be strong against this team with ten men and I think we showed it,” said head coach Jon Leamy after the game. “For the majority of the game, we outplayed them, outshot them, and gave up a poor goal. A goal that we just cannot give up.”
Lipscomb scored in the 79th minute on Reece Holcombe’s first goal of the season. Holcombe received a pass from Omar Djabi at the top right of the box and struck it to the opposite side of the net for a goal.
Even playing a man down, Missouri State still had a few opportunities to score against the visiting Bisons.
“We had a couple of chances to bury the goal and we just didn’t do it,” added Leamy.
The Bears open Missouri Valley Conference play at home next Saturday, October 5th against visiting Loyola Chicago. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 P.M.