Early Missed Opportunities Haunt Bears in 1-0 Loss at UALR
Sep 8, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (1-6-0) hit the post twice in the first half and were not able to overcome an early second-half goal in a 1-0 loss at UALR (3-3-0) on Sunday afternoon.
"We had the opportunity to take an early lead," said head coach Rob Brewer, "but we couldn't finish our chances. We left some opportunities on the table today."
The Bears looked to have a lead in the third minute of play, but the offside flag went up nullifying the early tally. MSU kept the early pressure on and in the 13th minute, Molly Huber hit the post. Two minutes later, Huber again hit the post as the Bears out-shot UALR 4-2 in the first 15 minutes of play.
In the 40th minute, Michelle Mayne-Nicholls took the Bears' seventh shot of the first half, forcing UALR keeper Kylie Wilson to make the only save of the half. The Bears out-shot the Trojans, 7-4, in the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half began with the Bears getting off the first two shots and earning a corner kick. But a counter attack by UALR found an open Trojan player at the top of the box. UALR's Paige Mason scored the first goal of the match in the 55th minute.
The Missouri State offensive attack earned four more corners after the goal, but the Bears were unable to convert the opportunities into a game-tying goal.
The Bears continue the five-game road swing in the state of Illinois with matches at Western Illinois (Sept. 13) and SIU Edwardsville (Sept. 15). The Bears return home on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. vs. UMKC.