Bears Host Dayton, Detroit, and Western Illinois at Home Soccer Tournament
Sept. 11, 2013
September 11, 2013
The Missouri State men’s soccer team hosts the Baymont Inn Classic this weekend at Plaster Field. This four-game tournament will include the Bears, University of Dayton, University of Detroit, and Western Illinois University.
Missouri State, undefeated in their first two home games of the season, is coming off a tough road loss in overtime at the hands of Belmont.
“We are very excited to be playing in front of our home crowd again,” said Coach Jon Leamy. “Our boys had a tough training week and are ready to return to the field on Friday and Sunday.”
The tournament is set up so that each team will be playing two games, one on Friday and one of Sunday. At the conclusion of the final game of the weekend, a tournament champion or co-champions will be named based on game results and an all-tournament team will be selected.
As for the opponents, the Bears will play Detroit on Friday at 7:30 and Western Illinois on Sunday at 2:30, while not playing Dayton. The other two games will be Dayton vs. Western Illinois on Friday at 5:00 and Dayton vs. Detroit on Sunday at noon.
Detroit has started the season with three straight ties (0-0-3), two of which came in the Mayor’s Cup at Hartwick College last week in Oneonta, New York. The 2012 Horizon League regular season champions return starting goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher. In three double-overtime games this season, Steinwascher has only allowed one goal.
Western Illinois, the reigning 2012 Summit League champions, will play their first six games (1-2-0) away from Macomb to start the season. In his 17th season at the helm of the Leathernecks, head coach Eric Johnson is a four-time Summit League Coach of the Year and the programs all-time winningest head coach.
Dayton, the lone school Missouri State does not play in the tournament, has started the season undefeated (3-0-0). The Flyers lead the nation in scoring offense. Their 11 goals in three games rank first in NCAA Division I with an impressive 3.67 goals per game average.