Women's Soccer Falls to Arkansas to End Home Stand
Sep 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (0-4-0) dropped a physical 3-0 match to visiting Arkansas (4-0-0) at Cooper Family Soccer Plex on Sunday evening to end a season-opening four-match home stand.
"We did try to schedule a tough schedule early and to get those teams at home," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Tonight we learned that there is a formula we can use against a big, physical team like Arkansas. In the second half, we created better chances. We got some players on tonight that did quite well and we'll look at getting them some minutes."
Arkansas began the match with three consecutive corners in the first seven minutes of action. MSU keeper Jessica Perry made a save and another shot hit the crossbar.
The Bears gained a bit of momentum in the 10th minute. MSU's Molly Huber chipped a shot over the Arkansas keeper, but it ricocheted off the crossbar and was cleared for a corner. The resulting Bears' corner was also cleared.
Missouri State's Shelby Stewart got the Bears' second shot of the match in the 31st minute. Her attempt went wide of net.
Arkansas gained the lead it the 41st minute after a scramble near the end line. The ball was served back into the box and shot through a crowd for the first goal of the match.
In the second half, the Bears were able to control the ball a little better. An early corner kick in the 52nd minute was not converted by the Bears.
The Razorbacks pushed the lead in the 59th minute and added a third goal in the 64th minute. A Bears' corner kick in between was headed wide by Huber.
The Bears now trek out on a five-game road swing through Arkansas and Illinois. MSU will visit Arkansas State for a 1:00 p.m. matchup on Tuesday afternoon in Jonesboro. The Bears return home on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. vs. UMKC.