Aug. 24, 2012
The Missouri State field hockey team couldn’t stop a high-powered Virginia Commonwealth attack, as the Bears fell to the Rams by a 6-1 score.
“Basically, it was a learning experience and a wake-up call,” head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said. “We’ll learn from it, fix what we need to fix and get ready for the next one.”
The teams dueled to a scoreless tie in the first 15 minutes of play. The Bears out-shot the Rams 6-2 in that time, but VCU soon went on a scoring spree, as the Rams rattled off three goals in the span of about five minutes. Goalkeeper Andrea Bain held VCU at bay until near the end of the first half, when the Rams’ Haley McBee scored her second goal of the day on a wide-open breakaway shot from the top of the circle. MSU trailed 4-0 at the half.
Backup goalkeeper Katie Mulloy replaced Bain in the second half, but VCU capitalized on Missouri State’s mistakes. The Rams scored off a MSU turnover in the circle in the 48th minute before adding another on a penalty shot just four minutes later.
The Bears got on the board at the buzzer when freshman defender Leah Reitmayer slammed home a shot off a short corner to break the shutout. Junior defender Laura Tavares and senior midfielder Chelsey Medlock were credited with assists on the goal.
Missouri State will take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday, Aug. 31, at Bloomington, Ind.