Offensive Explosion, Stifling Defense Power Bears to 5-0 Victory
Aug. 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (1-0-0) put on an offensive show in a 5-0 win over UALR (0-1-0) in the regular season opener at Plaster Field on Friday night. The Bears took an early lead and staunch defense helped MSU cruise to victory.
"We came out with great intensity tonight," said head coach Rob Brewer following the win. "It was good to see the team competing from start to finish. We pride ourselves on defense; that's something we take pride in."
Missouri State didn't take long to get into the groove offensively. In the sixth minute of play, the Bears earned the second corner of the match. Nikki Kerrigan sent a deep cross to the back post where Erin Stewart was waiting. Stewart volleyed the ball over the keeper for her first career goal to give MSU a 1-0 lead.
In the 22nd minute, the Bears struck again off a corner kick. Nia Williams sent the corner into the center of the box and Michelle Sommer fought through traffic to score the second Bears' goal of the match. The assist was Williams' 13th of her career, tied for the third-highest career total in school history.
The Bears didn't let up in the second half. In the 70th minute, Rachel Weimer succeeded against the Trojans again. She ran onto a forward pass from Erin Stewart and scored her fourth goal in four seasons against UALR.
Just over a minute later, another Bear found the back of the net. Jessica Roberts sent a pass into the box that was corralled by Kayla Seabaugh at the near post. She sent a pass back across the box to a wide open Shelby Stewart, who roofed the fourth Bears' goal of the match.
Missouri State would score again in the 76th minute. Lauren Wendt and Seabaugh connected on passes into the box. After a break scramble, Lauren Fussell put the ball in the net for her first career goal. The five goal output by the Bears is the most since a 5-0 win over Oral Roberts on September 13, 2009.
But offense wasn't the only story of the game. Missouri State's defense was downright stifling. The Bears allowed just a single shot in the match, coming in the 84th minute. Chelsea Voet made the save and recorded her first career shutout. The one shot allowed is the fewest since 2009 when MSU didn't allow a single shot to Austin Peay on August 28.
The Bears will host North Texas on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to wrap up the season-opening home stand. Following this weekend's matches, Missouri State will play at Arkansas on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before returning to Plaster Field to play Nebraska-Omaha next Friday (Aug. 24) at 6:00 p.m.