Oct. 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -
The Missouri State field hockey team’s senior night belonged to a freshman, as Holly Scherer’s four goals led the Bears (5-11-0) past the Saint Louis Billikens by a score of 5-2 in the final game of the season.
Scherer’s incredible performance gave her five goals on the year, and was a single-game high from all Missouri State players this season. The team’s five-goals were also a single-game season high.
Scherer got the Bears started with a goal about 10 minutes into the game when she took a nice pass from junior Laura Tavares and scored from point-blank range. She continued her onslaught with a goal in the 19th minute, a hook shot right from about five yards out around goalkeeper Tori Westhead. Junior Hillary Lawless, who tallied four points on the evening, picked up the assist on the play.
Saint Louis’ Lisa Smith cut the Bears’ lead in half when she scored about seven minutes later off a penalty corner. SLU’s Lexie Lindblad assisted on the goal.
However, Lawless extended the MSU lead back to two goals when she scored right before the first-half buzzer. The native of St. Louis, Mo. knocked in a shot off a rebound right in front of the net.
The 3-1 score held into halftime, but Scherer soon extended the Missouri State lead with a goal off a deflection about two minutes into the second stanza. Scherer capped her scoring with a goal about 17 minutes later when she took a rightside pass from Lawless and beat the goalkeeper to score her fourth of the game.
A Landblad goal late in the contest brought SLU to 5-2, but they could get no closer as the Missouri State defense turned out the lights on senior night.
For the game, Lawless tallied six shots – all on-goal – two assists, and a goal.
Senior Reiann Stoute had a fine last game as a Bear, as she picked up her nation-best 11th defensive save of the year and tallied four shots. Fellow senior Chelsey Medlock was forced to miss the game due to injury.