Bears Suffer Late-Game Defeat to Kansas, 1-0
Aug 30, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (0-3-0) suffered another tough loss as visiting Kansas (2-1-0) scored in the 87th minute to take a 1-0 decision at Plaster Field on Friday.
"We had a tactical plan going in and I thought we did a nice job," said head coach Rob Brewer. "When I look at the stats, they only had one shot on goal. So I think we did what we wanted to do tonight. It was the best 90 minutes of soccer we have played this year and that's a positive moving forward."
The Bears earned an early corner kick in the fourth minute of play, but were unable to capitalize. Kansas then reeled off five consecutive shots over the next nine minutes, none of which were on target.
Missouri State had its best scoring chance of the match in the 28th minute. Junior Molly Huber wrestled the ball away from a Jayhawk defender in the box, but her off-balance shot rang off the post and back into play. The rebound was then shot by Shelby Stewart high of the net.
The teams headed to halftime scoreless with Kansas out-shooting the Bears, 7-3. The Jayhawks did not put any of the first half shots on net.
In the second half, the teams battled back and forth. Molly Brewer had the first shot of the half, forcing KU goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud to make the only save of the match.
In the 87th minute, a loose ball in front of the Bears' defenders was picked up by a Kansas player and played forward. Kelsey Lyden ran onto the ball behind the defense and scored the only goal of the match.
Missouri State concludes the home stand on Sunday with a 7:00 p.m. match against Arkansas. That match will be played at Cooper Family Soccer Plex on E. Pythian.