Oct. 15, 2013
ST. LOUIS – Missouri State forward Holly Scherer scored two goals – including the game-winner in overtime – to lead the Bears to a 3-2 win over the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday.
With the match knotted at two goals apiece, Scherer (So., Belmont, Ontario) scored the extra-time winner off a penalty corner. After receiving a pass from sophomore Charlie Redhead (Norfolk, England), Scherer scored into the right side of the goal in the 78th minute to send the Bears (3-10) home with the victory.
The Bears (3-10) nearly defeated the Billikens (1-13) in regulation, as the visitors held a 2-1 lead into the final minute. However, Saint Louis’ Megan Rogers tied the score off a penalty corner with just 41 seconds left. Rogers was assisted on the play by Caitlin Gibson and Caiti Brownell.
Scherer gave Missouri State its 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the match. The native of Canada raced 20 yards down the left sideline before slipping a shot past SLU goalkeeper Megan Depew-Brady.
The 1-0 score held until the Billikens’ Faith Mackin scored off a rebound just 3:26 into the second half.
However, MSU senior Hillary Lawless (St. Louis, Mo.) regained the Bears’ lead just over a minute later with her sixth goal of the year. Redhead picked up her first assist of the day on Lawless’ goal. The 2-1 lead held until Rogers scored her clutch goal to send the game to overtime.
Freshman goalkeeper Megan Drew (San Diego, Calif.) made her first career start in net, and made one save in 35 minutes during the first half. Senior Katie Mulloy (Antioch, Ill.) replaced Drew in the second half and made four saves in six attempts. Andrea Bain (Sr., Victoria, British Columbia) closed out the game in overtime and was awarded the win.
Scherer now has five goals this season, and continued her dominance over Saint Louis. In three career games against the Billikens, Scherer has notched seven goals and an assist.
The Bears out-shot Saint Louis 18-to-12, and put 10 shots on goal compared to the Billikens’ seven. Missouri State also owned the advantage in penalty corners, 9-6.
The Bears will return to Mid-American Conference play with a match at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday (Oct. 19). The match is slated for a 9 a.m. start at the Miami Field Hockey Complex in Oxford, Ohio.