Missouri State Sets Program Record with Sixth Consecutive Shutout
Oct. 23, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State men’s soccer team (9-3-2, 4-0-0 MVC) shutout the Central Arkansas Bears (4-8-1, 0-2-1 MVC) 2-0 in Wednesday night’s home soccer game.
The sixth straight shutout breaks the Missouri State men’s soccer record for consecutive shutouts, previously set in 2005 and again in 2012.
The NCAA leaders in goals against average lowered the nation’s top mark to 0.40 g.a.a. with the victory. Goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg made one save on the night.
“In the beginning of the year we had a few minor lapses in the back, but we sorted it out. It’s all come together over the last six games, the defense is playing unbelievable,” said Spangenberg. “We always say we want to be playing our best soccer at the end of the season, and I think we are right now. We are just going to keep getting better and better.”
While the MSU defense continues to play at the top level, the offense showed up in Wednesday’s game as well, with Missouri State doubling up UCA on shots, 14-7.
Missouri State’s first goal was occurred in the 19th minute of the game. Emmerich Hoegg played a long ball to James Thomas who spun around and launched a shot. The shot barely sailed high and hit the crossbar. As the ball came back into play from the crossbar, Hoegg finished his perfectly timed run and laid out full extension for the put back header goal.
The second goal for Missouri State came after the half in the 56th minute of play. Missouri State earned one of the game high five corner kicks, and Jon Boyack set up over the ball. Boyack sent the ball into the box, where it deflected off of a Central Arkansas defender and into the back of the net. An own goal was credited, but the 2-0 lead was plenty for the victorious Bears.
“[This win] means a lot. Our kids have been playing great, they were excited to play at home, and we had a great crowd,” said head coach Jon Leamy. “We are defending well and everything starts in the defense. If the other team isn’t getting anything, we feel our moments will come to score. Not only are we getting those moments, but we are creating them now.”
Missouri State now sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings at 4-0-0, followed by Drake (2-1-1), Bradley (2-0-1), SIU Edwardsville (1-2-0), Evansville (1-2-0), Central Arkansas (0-2-1), and Loyola (0-3-1).
Missouri State is off until the team plays at Bradley on November 2nd. The Bears conclude the regular season at home on November 9th against SIUE, which will be the date of the 5th annual “Living Our Legacy Game.”