Men's Soccer Falls Late in Double Overtime to SIUE
Nov. 9, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State men’s soccer (10-4-2, 5-1-0 MVC) team was unable to hold off SIU Edwardsville (7-8-2, 3-3-0 MVC) in double overtime, as the Cougars scored the game winner in the 106th minute.
Saturday’s game looked to be another defensive battle from the start, but in the second overtime period, SIUE scored the game’s lone goal. Jabari Danzy received a pass from Gabe Christianson, headed the ball down to himself, and shot to the far side of the net. The ball made it past the outstretched arm of senior goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg.
“Two teams that battled for good field position, with some good talent and not a ton on goal –scoring opportunities for either team. We went into the overtime period and SIUE found a way to get a goal, I wish we can play that one a little bit differently, but we didn’t. We give them full credit for it and we’ll move on,” said head coach Jon Leamy, who is in his twenty-third season at the helm of the men’s soccer program. “The result didn’t go the way we wanted, but we’ll be excited to play again. Sometimes that’s soccer, but we’ll be ready to go next Friday.”
The Bears showed the first legitimate chance in the 26th minute by earning back-to-back corner kicks, but were not able get the ball on goal. Despite a few set pieces into the box, the Bears were unable to convert throughout regulation or the 16 minutes of the overtime sessions before SIUE’s goal.
Despite the loss, the seeding for next week’s Missouri Valley Conference tournament does not change for the Bears, who clinched the number one seed with the win at Bradley last weekend.
SIUE finished the conference season with nine points, placing them in the four versus five matchup against Loyola Chicago. Missouri State will face the winner of Wednesday’s No. 4 SIUE vs. No. 5 Loyola game on Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in Peoria.
”I think this team is going to bounce back and do a good job. This group, don’t ever give up on these guys,” said Leamy. “[The bye] gives us a good week to prepare for our opponent. I’m sure we will have one whale of a match up in Peoria whether we face SIUE or Loyola.”
As the regular season concluded, Missouri State’s goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg, finished atop the conference list in shutouts (10), goals against average (0.40), and save percentage (.833).
Spangenberg was one of six seniors recognized on Saturday, in their final regular season game as Bears. Cole Alexander, Matt Bray, Jarred Clark, Jarred Gain, and Callen Roselieb, along with Spangenberg, received special acknowledgement pregame.
“It’s hard to believe, you look at these six guys and it seems like they got here yesterday. It is a great group of seniors and they are going to be so important to us in our quest up in Peoria,” said Leamy about the senior class. “When it ultimately ends, whenever that is, we’re going to miss this group.”
The night also featured the 5th Annual Living OUR Legacy Game. The event, which men’s soccer and Missouri State ROTC have been working on for months, drew a crowd of 1,623, the fourth largest in program history.
Missouri State also recognized all men’s soccer alumni in attendance with an on-field halftime recognition.
The Bears will depart for the conference tournament on Thursday, with Friday being the semifinals. The finals are set for Sunday at 1:06 p.m. in Peoria for the two teams who advance on Friday.