Women's Soccer Falls to Indiana in 4-1 Road Defeat
Aug. 26, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (2-3-0) began a four-game road trip with a 4-1 loss at Indiana (3-1-0) in Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday afternoon. The match marks the first time this season that the Bears' defense has allowed more than one goal.
"We played pretty good at times today," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We fought hard throughout the game and you have to give credit to our players with this being the fifth game in nine days. We can learn a lot from today's match and I think we will continue to get better from it."
After garnering an early shot attempt, the Bears fell behind in the 15th minute of play. Indiana was able to get a pass over the Bears' backline and get an offensive player free in front of the net. She drilled a shot to the back post to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
The Bears' defense continued to battle as Indiana kept on the offensive pressure, but IU doubled the advantage in the 35th minute. A brief scramble in the box led to the second Hoosier goal.
Missouri State's best offensive chance of the first half came in the 40th minute as the Bears got back-to-back shots from Michelle Mayne-Nicholls and Shelby Stewart. Stewart's shot was tipped over the net by the IU keeper to give MSU its first corner of the match.
The deficit widened in the 55th minute. IU's Rebecca Candler added her second goal of the match to put the Bears behind, 3-0. Just over a minute later, the Hoosiers added a fourth goal.
Missouri State kept battling and it paid off in the 63rd minute. Molly Brewer created a turnover deep in Indiana territory. She registered a shot on goal that was saved by new IU goalkeeper Sarah Stone. But she was unable to control the ball and Shelby Stewart put home the rebound to get the Bears on the board. It was Stewart's second goal of the season, tied for the team lead. The assist was the first of Brewer's career.
The Bears were outshot in the match, 18-8. Shelby Stewart and Rachel Weimer each tallied two shots to lead the Bears' attack. Brewer, Mayne-Nicholls, Kelsey Goff and Lauren Wendt accounted for the remainder of the MSU shots.
The match marks just the third time the Bears have played an opponent in the Big Ten (Indiana (0-1), Iowa (0-0-1), Minnesota (0-1)). The last match versus a Big Ten school was a 1-1 draw against Iowa on Sept. 16, 2005.
Missouri State will continue the road swing on Friday with a visit to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane at 5:30 p.m. The Bears will then play Oral Roberts on Sunday (Sept. 2) at 1:00 p.m. The road trip ends with a match at Kansas (Sept. 7) before MSU returns to Plaster Field for a three-game home stand beginning on September 9 with a 1:00 p.m. match against SIU Edwardsville.