Oct. 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State field hockey team needed a victory, and they got one with a dominant 5-0 win over Saint Louis on Tuesday (Oct. 1) at Plaster Sports Complex.
“This definitely feels good. It was about time,” head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said. “The girls have been working very hard, and we just couldn’t finish. We’d been knocking but couldn’t put the ball in the goal.”
Putting the ball in the goal wasn’t a problem Tuesday night. In fact, five Bears scored to help MSU (2-7) break a six-game losing streak and pull away from Saint Louis, in the process extending their win streak over the Billikens (1-10) to four games.
Sophomore Kimberleigh Eng (Woodbridge, Va.) got the Bears started in the 29th minute with the first goal of her career, an unassisted slap shot off a rebound right in front of the net. MSU extended its lead to 2-0 about a minute later. Laura Tavares (Sr., Oakville, Ontario) scored off another rebound shortly after setting up the play with a short corner.
The 2-0 held into halftime and the first three minutes of the second half before senior Hillary Lawless (St. Louis, Mo.) and Holly Scherer (Belmont, Ontario) teamed up to build the lead to three goals. Racing up the left side, Lawless took a pass from Scherer, split two defenders and slipped past SLU goalkeeper Megan Depew-Brady for an uncontested score, her third of the season.
From there, sophomore Charlie Redhead (Norfolk, England) and Scherer put the game on ice with unassisted goals in the 43rd and 46th minutes, respectively. The goals were the second of the year for both players.
Missouri State out-shot Saint Louis 19-to-5, and picked up 11 penalty corners to SLU’s six.
The Bears will resume play on Friday (Oct. 4) when they open Mid-American Conference play at Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The game is slated for a noon start.