Bears Suffer Tough 1-0 Loss at Arkansas
Aug. 22, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (1-2-0) dropped a narrow 1-0 match at Arkansas (3-0-0) in Fayetteville, Ark., on Wednesday evening. The Razorback goal early in the second half was the difference in the game.
"You have to Arkansas credit for pressing hard all night," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We had our chances, but didn't finish. We are going to prepare our team and continue to get better."
A back-and forth first half saw the Razorbacks get the first legitimate scoring opportunity. With its second corner of the half, Arkansas got a header on net that was saved by MSU goalkeeper Chelsea Voet.
In the half, Voet made a pair of saves as did Arkansas keeper Kelly Roliard sending the teams to intermission with no score. Both teams earned a pair of corners and the Razorbacks outshot MSU, six to three.
The Razorbacks got on the board early in the second half. In the 48th minute, a deep pass into the MSU box was mishandled in traffic putting UA's Haley Hatcher in front of an open net to put Arkansas ahead, 1-0.
Following the Razorbacks' goal, Missouri State continued to battle despite the stat line. The Bears generated several scoring chances, however, just three resulted in a shot attempt.
The story was the Bears' defense which turned several Arkansas shots aside. The Razorbacks generated 13 shots following the goal, but none made it to the back of the net. Voet made seven saves in the match.
Missouri State will return to Plaster Field to play Nebraska-Omaha next Friday (Aug. 24) at 6:00 p.m. before setting out on a four-game road swing beginning Sunday (Aug. 26) at Indiana. The Bears will also visit Tulsa (Aug. 31), Oral Roberts (Sept. 2) and Kansas (Sept. 7) on the road trip. MSU will begin a three-game home stand on September 9 with a 1:00 p.m. match against SIU Edwardsville.