Bears Unable to Break Through in Overtime Against Belmont
Sep 7, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Missouri State men's soccer team (2-1-0) lost for the first time this season, as Belmont (1-1-0) scores the game winning goal in overtime.
Following a scoreless first half, Belmont found the back of the net first in the 72' minute of play on a shot by Nicolas Ricard. Despite this being the first goal that Missouri State had let in all season, the Bears were quick to answer. Junior Jack Wood scored three minutes later to tie the game at one apiece in the 75' minutes. Wood was able to penetrate the defense and take a long shot after creating some space for himself.
"To go down and come back and respond was huge," head coach Jon Leamy said. "We know that there are going to be good college soccer games and they are going to be battles."
For the second time in as many games, regulation ended with a tie score and the Bears faced overtime. As the end of the first overtime was approaching, Belmont's AJ Arnold scored the game-winning goal giving the Bruins their first win of the season.
"A long throw in came, and the teams battled and it went in," Leamy said. "We had a few minor things that we know we have to clean up, but I'm excited to get back home and play in front of our crowd this week."
Belmont will be coming to Plaster Field on October, and the two teams will have an opportunity to play again at that time.
The Bears return home this week and will host the Missouri State Men's Soccer Tournament on Friday, September 13 and Sunday, September 15. Friday's games will start with Dayton vs. Western Illinois at 5:00 and Missouri State vs. Detroit following at 7:30. On Sunday, Dayton and Detroit will face off at noon, and Missouri State will conclude the tournament against Western Illinois at 2:30.