Bears' Winning Streak Snapped with 1-0 Loss to No. 21 SMU
Oct. 21, 2011
DALLAS, Texas -- No. 21 SMU (9-4-1) snapped the Missouri State men's soccer team's four-match winning streak on Friday night as the Bears (6-6-2, 3-0-0 MVC) lost 1-0 at Westcott Field. Missouri State is now 1-1 in games against ranked opponents this season after defeating then-No. 4 Creighton on Oct. 12.
The stingy Missouri State defense that had surrendered one goal in the past three matches, didn't allow the 21st-ranked Mustangs a shot until the 35th minute of play. Despite four shots on goal and a 6-4 shot advantage, the Bears weren't able to find the back of the net in the first half.
Senior Jordan Hoffman led all players at the half with two shots and one shot on goal.
After holding the Mustangs, who entered the contest ranked 11th in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer RPI rankings, to a stalemate in the first half, a costly foul early on the Bears early in the second period would seal their fate. With the penalty occurring just outside of MSU's box, SMU's Ian Kalis took the free kick and placed it perfectly for a Diogo de Almeida header in the 60th minute.
Missouri State was unsuccessful in evening things up with no shots on goal in the second half. Bears' midfielder Jordan Hoffman led the team in shots with his two attempts that he had in the first half.
Missouri State will have another tough test road test as it heads to Peoria, Ill., to take on 28th-ranked Bradley on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.