Strong Second Half Powers Bears to 3-0 Victory over UNO
Aug. 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (2-2-0) used a strong second half to take a decisive 3-0 win from visiting Nebraska-Omaha (0-2-0) at Plaster Field on Friday night. All three MSU goals came in the second half and the Bears recorded the second shutout win of the season.
"In the second half, we got that early goal," said head coach Rob Brewer. "I am very proud of how our team continued to battle throughout the match. We did a great job of limiting chances tonight. We need to eliminate some mistakes and know that we need to continue to shoot the ball on offense."
After a fairly even first half, the Bears jumped in front early in the second half. In the 50th minute, Lauren Fussell picked up a loose ball near midfield. She turned and found a wide open Molly Brewer on the left side of the field. Fussell played the ball to Brewer streaking in on goal. Brewer slid the ball past the keeper and in off the back post for her first career goal.
Missouri State added to its lead in the 62nd minute. Nia Williams sent a long pass into the UNO offensive zone. Michelle Sommer ran past her defender onto the ball and put a low shot into the net for her second tally of the year.
The Bears weren't down there. In the 85th minute, MSU tacked on the third goal of the match. Shelby Stewart picked up the ball near midfield and found Kristina Tomaras on a run down the left side. Tomaras dribbled the ball to the edge of the penalty area, drawing out the UNO keeper. She then passed to an open Katie Davis, who picked up her first career goal.
The Bears' defense was also solid in the second shutout win of the year. Goalkeeper Chelsea Voet made three saves for her second career clean sheet.
Michelle Mayne-Nicholls led all Bears with four shots in the match. Molly Brewer, Kelsey Goff, Michelle Sommer and Nia Williams each added a pair of shots. Sommer's two shots give her 107 for her career, moving her into sole possession of seventh on the all-time MSU list. The Bears racked up 15 shots in the match while allowing just eight shots against.
Missouri State will set 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.