The MSU men's soccer season finale versus Drake represents the only home contest on Friday at 7 p.m.
Nov. 1, 2012
Drake-Missouri State Game Notes
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - On Friday (Nov. 2), the Missouri State men's soccer program (5-7-4, 0-5-0 MVC) will look to finish its 2012 season with a bang as it takes on Drake (4-10-4, 1-2-2 MVC) in the fourth annual Living Our Legacy game. The Bears' final match is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Plaster Field, however, pregame festivities will commence at 5:30 p.m. The game will also be televised live on Mediacom channel MC22 and replayed on Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
The 2012 Living Our Legacy game, presented by Great Southern Bank, is once again a joint venture between the MSU athletics department, the MSU Entertainment Management program and an MSU student organization created to promote the annual event. This year, the Living Our Legacy game is partnering with Pastime for Patriots (PFP), a non-profit organization created by former MSU baseball great and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler.
In three previous Living Our Legacy matches, the Bears are undefeated with a 2-0-1 record. It is also no coincidence that the wins have corresponded with two of the top three all-time attendance figures in MSU men's soccer history. The past two Living Our Legacy games have averaged 1,763 fans, while the 2010 event produced the second-largest crowd in program history (2,027) and was 76 shy of the all-time record (2,102).
Tomorrow's match also serves as senior night for defender Ben Griffiths and midfielder Eric Martin, who have combined for 61 starts in their four years at Missouri State.
Activities and Events
The National Guard and ROTC are once again sponsoring a Fun Zone with inflatables and interactive activities for fans of all ages. This year's Fun Zone will be located at Trottier Plaza, home of the new Bear head between Plaster Sports Complex and Meyer Library. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will close around 7 p.m. for kickoff.
New to the Living Our Legacy game this year is a silent auction. Some of the featured items include a Brad Ziegler jersey (signed), a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader package (signed), a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader package (signed), a movie theater package, in addition to other great auction items graciously donated by area sports teams. The auctions will be available for bidding beginning at Trottier Plaza (5:30 p.m.) and will bidding will end inside Plaster Sports Complex at halftime.
Pregame march into the stadium
Other pregame ceremonies include honoring service personnel and Missouri State's two senior student-athletes, Ben Griffiths and Eric Martin.
A European-style walkout for the starting lineups will include area youth soccer players that will accompany Drake and Missouri State's starting 11.
Halftime entertainment includes recognition of Missouri State men's soccer alumni, a Sugar Bears performance and recognition of Springfield area youth soccer teams.
2012 Living Our Legacy t-shirts will be given to the first 300 fans in attendance.
Following the match, members of the Missouri State men's soccer team and coaching staff will have an autograph session.
$5 - General Admission
$3 - Missouri State Faculty & Staff
Free - All Military Personnel (must have valid ID)
Free - Missouri State students (must have student ID)
Free - Youth (high school or younger; high school students must sign a pass list)
2012 Charity Partner - Pastime for Patriots
Former MSU student-athlete and Arizona Diamondbacks' relief pitcher Brad Ziegler established Pastime for Patriots (PFP) in an effort to support our servicemen, servicewomen and their families. The certified non-profit foundation provides the service families with educationally-based financial assistance and family-friendly activities.
Ziegler's idea for PFP spawned from the desire to start a program to purchase tickets to MLB games for troops and their families as an opportunity to do something fun and take their minds off of loved ones half-a-world away, while minimizing the expenses of a Major League Baseball game. It has evolved from the Ticket for Troops program and generated other ideas such as a student scholarship program. This scholarship program is for young people who wish to continue their education, but might otherwise be hindered financially by having lost a parent who gave the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our rights and freedoms. Pastime for Patriots was proud to offer financial support for Operation Showers of Appreciation, a baby shower for 20 military wives who were either pregnant or had recently given birth to a newborn baby. Additionally, PFP will be making its first donations in 2012 to the Honor Flight program, both in the Ozarks and Phoenix area.
While at Missouri State, Ziegler set career and single-season records for wins and strikeouts. He also opted to return to college for his senior season and helped lead the Bears to the 2003 NCAA College World Series.
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