Men's Soccer Comes up Short in Second Half Comeback Attempt
The Missouri State men's soccer team fell in their conference opener at Drake. The Bears fell behind early in the first half but despite a second half rally fell short, 3-2, to the No. 24 Bulldogs.
Drake opened the scoring 15 minuets into the game when Garrett Webb hit Julien Edwards in front of the goalkeeper Alex Riggs who skipped home the goal from six yards out. The Bulldogs scored again just eight minutes later when Webb received a crossing pass from Ryan Moylan. Webb tapped in the second goal for the Bulldogs from three yards out with a sliding shot. The Bears held the bulldogs for the remainder of the half despite facing six more shots throughout the half.
The Bears came out in the second half and put the pressure on the Bulldogs early when Gerard Babero hit Justin Alford who placed the first goal of the night for the Bears just fourteen minuets into the second half. The Bears would tie up the game 10 minuets later when Heath Melugin slipped a pass into the middle for David Buckenheimer who rocketed home his second goal of the season. The Bulldogs would capitalize on an errant Bears’ defense that committed a foul just 20 yards out. Ryan Moylan would take the free kick and bear Alex Riggs with a perfectly placed ball in the upper-right corner to secure the 3-2 victory for the bulldogs.
The 3-2 victory drops the Bears (3-7-3) to 0-1 in conference play and pushes the 24th ranked Bulldogs (9-2) to 1-0 in conference play. Riggs led the defense with three saves while Kyle Windmueller led the offense with two shots.
The Bears will be in action again when they face off with Evansville when the Bears travel to Evansville, Ind. to face the Aces on Wednesday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m.