Bears Blanked by No. 21 Creighton, 1-0
At 0-5 in MVC play, Missouri State will miss the postseason for the first time in 18 seasons
Oct. 27, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - The Missouri State men's soccer team (5-7-4, 0-5-0) was unable to find the back of the net against No. 21 Creighton (12-3-2, 4-0-1) on Saturday, falling to the reigning conference champions and 2011 NCAA semifinalist, 1-0. A goal early in the match sealed the fate for the Bears who remain winless in conference play.
One year removed from earning a share of the Valley regular-season title with Creighton, the Bears are now out of contention for a spot in the MVC Tournament. It marks the first time in 18 seasons that Missouri State has failed to qualify for the postseason.
Much like the last meeting between the Bears and Bluejays, Creighton was able to get on the scoreboard early and limit chances for the MSU offensive attack. The Bluejays' leading scorer, Timo Pitter, tacked on his seventh goal of the year in the 20th minute. The freshman midfielder from Germany leads the MVC in shots and with his first-half goal, he now ranks second in goals scored behind SIU Edwardsville's Christian Volesky.
At the intermission, the 21st-ranked Bluejays led time of possession and out-shot Missouri State 4-1.
Unfortunately for the Bears, the window of scoring opportunities was non-existent. The Bears failed to record a shot on goal for the second time this season and for the fourth straight match, they were held to five shots or less.
Despite limiting Creighton to five shots and zero on target in the second half, the MSU squad left Morrison Stadium without a goal and was shutout for the seventh time this year. On the afternoon, the Bluejays out-shot the Bears 9-4 with one shot on goal.
Jack Roberts, James Thomas, Jared Gain and Jack Wood all registered one shot apiece for Missouri State in the loss.
To finish out the season, the Bears will welcome Drake to Plaster Field for the Fourth Annual Living Our Legacy Game, presented by Great Southern Bank. The game is set for Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m. This year's partner is Pastime for Patriots, a non-profit organization established by former MSU All American and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler. PFP was created by Ziegler to support our servicemen, servicewomen and their families by providing them with educationally-based financial assistance and family-friendly activities.