Missouri State ends non-conference slate with 3-1 loss at Oklahoma State on Sunday afternoon.
Shelby Stewart scored in the 79th minute to tie the match
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At Missouri State: Fussell had a breakout season in 2013 and was a key component of the Bears' defense. She is good at communicating and organizing and will be encouraged to feel more comfortable in a leadership role.
2013: Fussell played in all 19 matches, starting 15 games, while making a valuable transition to the Bears' backline. Fussell made her first start on defense on Sept. 17 versus UMKC and helped the Bears allow just three goals over the next six matches leading to a 3-0-3 record in that span. On the season, she recorded nine shots, two on net. She had a season-high two shots in the season opener against Oral Roberts (8/23).
2012: Fussell saw action in 15 matches, getting the starting nod on seven dates. She netted her first goal on her first shot in her first match in the team's season-opening victory over UALR (8/17). She notched her first career assist against Nebraska-Omaha (8/24) on Molly Brewer's game-winner. Fussell tallied single shots in seven different matches, placing four on net.
Background: Fussell was a four-year starter and letterwinner for head coach Dave Robbin at Oakville High. She was named to the All-Suburban West Conference first team as a senior and a junior. Her senior season, she netted a pair of goals, both game-winners, and added 14 assists to earn team MVP honors. Fussell was also named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and US Army Scholar Athlete of the Year. Her junior season, she tallied four goals and 10 assists for the Tigers. She was named Outstanding Player of the Year by her teammates. As a sophomore, she scored one goals and added five assists despite missing part of the year with an injury. Fussell earned Rookie of the Year honors from her teammates as a freshman after she scored seven goals, including a game-winner, and recorded nine assists. She won three-straight State Cup titles with her club team, St. Louis Scott Gallagher, including a runner-up finish at nationals in 2011. Fussell also played softball and basketball at Oakville High.
Personal: Fussell is the daughter of Randy and DeAnn Fussell and was born September 10, 1993. She plans to major in criminology at MSU. Her cousin, Amber Rose, played soccer at Mississippi State.