Nov. 10, 2011
2011 MVC Tournament Semifinal Game Notes
The Missouri State men's soccer team (8-7-2, 5-1-0 MVC) will face the Drake Bulldogs (11-7-1, 3-3-0 MVC) in the semifinal round of the MVC Tournament on Friday, November 11. Kickoff at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb., is set for 3 p.m. With a win over Drake, the Bears would advance to the championship match to face the winner of Friday's Bradley-Creighton semifinal match.
MSU vs. MVC TOURNAMENT TEAMS - Missouri State went 2-1-0 this season against the three remaining MVC Tournament teams. The Bears defeated then-No. 4 Creighton at Plaster Field, lost to Bradley on the road and ended the regular season with a 2-1 double-overtime win at Drake.
BEARS VS. BULLDOGS - Missouri State defeated Drake, 2-1 in double overtime less than a week ago on Nov. 5 to clinch a share of the MVC title and earn the No. 1 seed for the tournament. Sophomore Danny Frid got things started with his first career goal in the first half. With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Missouri State gave up a foul in the box which led to a Matt Kuhn goal off the penalty kick. In sixth minute of the second overtime period, freshman Ricky Hoegg found the Bears' team-leader in goals, Heath Melugin, for the game-winner. Trevor Spangenberg pitched in a career-high seven saves.
All-time game-by-game results vs. DU in MVC Tournament
11/14/08* T 1-1 (2OT)
11/9/05 L 1-2
11/9/91 W 2-1
*Drake ranked #22
THE SERIES - The Bears own an 11-9-5 record all-time against the Bulldogs. Missouri State is undefeated (3-0-2) in its past five matches against Drake. The teams faced off in the MVC Tournament semifinals in 2008 and the Bears prevailed, advancing off of penalty kicks, 4-1.
SAME OPPONENT, BACK-TO-BACK GAMES - It will mark the fifth time that Bears concluded the regular season with the same opponent that they drew for their first game of the MVC Tournament.
- 1996 - Evansville - L, Regular Season; L, MVC Tournament
- 1998 - Vanderbilt - L, Regular Season; W, MVC Tournament
- 1999 - Evansville - W, Regular Season; W, MVC Tournament
- 2009 - Evansville - W, Regular Season; L, MVC Tournament
IN THE MVC TOURNAMENT - Missouri State is 10-13-3 all-time in the MVC Tournament. This season is the Bears' 16th consecutive appearance in the MVC Tournament. The Bears have advanced to the finals four times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2008), winning the tournament in 1999.
AT MICHAEL G. MORRISON, S.J., STADIUM - The Bears have played in the MVC Men's Soccer Championship at Morrison Stadium on just one other occasion. In 2007, the Bears were ousted in the first round after they tied Evansville, 2-2. The Purple Aces advanced on PKs, 4-3.
LIVE STATS - Live stats will be provided by the host school and will be available at www.missouristatebears.com.
VIDEO - Video is available for the State Farm MVC Tournament quarterfinals and semifinals, while the championship match will be on the MVC TV Network. Cal Williams and Ty Keough will provide commentary for the quarterfinals and semifinals on MVC Live, and will also serve as the on-air talent for the title game. The title match will be shown live at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN3, DirecTV (Channel 671), Dish Network (Channel 418) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 748).
HEAD COACH Jon Leamy - Missouri State head coach Jon Leamy (Roanoke College, 1982) is 203-144-38 in his 20th season leading the Bears. Leamy and his staff were named MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009. He was also named MVC Coach of the Year in 1995, 1997 and 1999. He led the Bears to NCAA appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2009 and received Midwest Region Coach of the Year each of those three seasons.
STINGY DEFENSE IN MVC PLAY - Missouri State has limited its MVC foes to just three goals on 65 shot attempts. Two of the three goals were scored via penalty kicks (Bradley, Drake).
RPI - Heading into the conference tournament, Missouri State is ranked 81st in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer RPI rankings released on Nov. 8. The Bears played nine opponents that are currently rated in the top-100 of the RPI rankings. Included in that list are No. 1 Creighton, No. 12 SMU, No. 27 Bradley, No. 35 Memphis, No. 41 Northwestern, No. 45 Cal St. Northridge, No. 51 Columbia, No. 55 Drake and No. 86 Saint Louis. Missouri State was 2-5-2 against those teams.