Aug. 31, 2012
Missouri State goalkeeper Katie Mulloy recorded 14 saves and junior defender Meagen Good scored her first goal of the year, but the Bears (0-2) dropped their contest at Indiana (3-0) by a 5-1 score.
Despite the loss, Missouri State head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said she was pleased with the overall strides the squad showed after last weekend’s 6-1 loss at Virginia Commonwealth, noting that Mulloy was especially impressive.
Assistant coach Erika Dombkowski agreed with Gomez Sosa’s assessment.
“This was a positive game for everybody,” Dombkowski said. “It was an improvement in our confidence and ability to work together."
Penalty corners were the Bears’ undoing early in the game. Hoosiers senior Morgan Fleetwood scored the game’s first goal off a penalty corner in the seventh minute of the first half. Less than two minutes later, Indiana doubled their lead on another penalty corner, that time off a rebound by sophomore Audra Heilman. The Hoosiers made the score 3-0 on a deflection by junior Emily Bowker in the 15th minute.
For the second-straight week, the Bears got on the board as the clock was nearing triple-zeroes. Good’s shot found the back of the cage on an unassisted breakaway with just 27 seconds remaining in the first half.
However, the Hoosiers regained their three-goal advantage when junior Hannah Boyer knocked in a goal in the game’s 50th minute. Indiana junior Mariella Grote capped the scoring with a goal in the 67th minute to provide the final 5-1 margin.
Indiana out-shot the Bears by a 35-to-7 margin and placed 20 shots on goal, compared to Missouri State’s two.
The Bears will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Iowa City, Iowa.