Bears Back Home Wednesday for Non-Conference Tilt with Memphis
Sophomore defender James Fawke is one of two MSU players who has played all 878 minutes in 2012.
Sophomore defender James Fawke is one of two MSU players who has played all 878 minutes in 2012.

Oct. 2, 2012

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Following eight straight matches on the road, the Missouri State men’s soccer team (4-3-2) finally returns to Plaster Field for a non-conference tilt against Memphis (3-4-2, 0-1-1 C-USA) Wednesday at 7 p.m. The match, which will be streamed live on Bears All-Access, marks just the second home game of the season and the first of three consecutive contests at Plaster Sports Complex.

“We had a great opportunity to see some different teams in tournament play, but our guys are excited to be back home at Plaster Field and playing a good Memphis squad,” head coach Jon Leamy said.

Missouri State looks to snap its four-game winless streak, a stretch that included two ranked opponents (No. 26 UC Irvine and No. 23 Xavier) and three matches which extended into the second overtime period.

The Bears will continue to rely on their stout defense that ranks seventh nationally in team goals against average (0.51), while the offense will look to get back on track after scoring just two goals in the four previous matches. The MSU offensive attack has fired off 50 shots (20 on goal), but has amassed just two goals, both coming in the 2-2 double overtime draw versus No. 26 UC Irvine.

Memphis leads the all-time series 6-4-1, however, the Bears are undefeated (2-0-1) at home against the Tigers.

In last year’s meeting, the Missouri State took a 0-2 record to Memphis and looked to rebound from back-to-back losses at home. Despite outshooting the Tigers 12-9 with half of the attempts on target, the MSU offense was unable to find the back of the net and fell 1-0 in its first match on the road.

Following Wednesday’s match, the Bears will open Missouri Valley Conference play against Bradley at home on Saturday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m.

Thru nine matches, the Bears’ stout defense has yet to allow a goal in the first half. The earliest MSU has allowed a goal is in the 66th minute at home against Belmont (Aug. 24). The others have come in the 75th (UC Irvine), 77th (UC Irvine), 81st (Xavier) and 106th (Dartmouth).

The Missouri State defense is currently ranked seventh in the nation in team goals against average (0.51) and also ranks in the top 20 in both shutout percentage (13th) and save percentage (16th).

Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Riggs ranks among the nation’s best in goals against average (9th) and save percentage (15th).

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The Missouri State men's soccer team (0-3-0) was unable to notch its first win of the season falling on the road to Memphis (3-0-0), 1-0, Sunday night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.



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