Missouri State Men's Soccer Team Finishes Weekend with 1-1 Tie
The Missouri State men’s soccer Bears finished play in The Drake Invitational Tournament Sunday evening with a 1-1 tie in double overtime against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Bears lone goal was scored by David Buckenheimer. The tie pushes the Bears record to 0-1-1.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Evan Bartzis stole the ball from the Bears defense and poked a shot past the Bears’ Goalkeeper Alex Riggs to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead 14 minutes into the second half. Despite giving up a goal off a turnover Head Coach Jon Leamy is focusing on the positive aspects of his team’s performance.
“We’re still finding ourselves and we just had a little bit of a breakdown” stated Coach Leamy.
The Bears young offense would respond seven minutes later when Will Ziegahn skipped a pass to David Buckenheimer in traffic. Buckenheimer blasted a shot over the outstretched Panthers Goalkeeper, Grant Fernstrum, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Bears controlled both overtime periods out shooting the Panthers 5-1 but were unable to get the ball in the net. The Bears and Panthers both recorded 11 shots on goal while Riggs Recorded six saves besting his Panthers counterpart by one.
The young Bears team has shown great character early in the season through their ability to respond to adversity and battle back late in games. The team has come together well and coach Leamy is focusing on the positive play of his team but is looking forward to locking down the defense and playing consistently for a full 90 minutes.
Coach Leamy said “We just need to tighten up a few things but the positive side is that we came back and responded to get the goal.”
The Bears will open their home schedule this weekend (Sep. 5 -6) in the Missouri State Tournament. The Bears will face Cleveland State on Friday (Sep 5) at 7:15 p.m. Missouri State will conclude the Tournament on Saturday (Sep 6) against Centenary at 7:15 p.m. The Gentlemen bring a 2-0 exhibition record into the tournament where they will face Drake on Friday (Sep 5) at 5 p.m.