Kelsey Goff's Late Tally Lifts Bears to 1-0 Victory at Western Illinois
Sept. 13, 2013
MACOMB, Ill. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (2-6-0) got a late goal from junior Kelsey Goff to take a 1-0 victory from Western Illinois (4-3-0) in Macomb, Ill., on Friday afternoon. Goalkeeper Jessica Perry made five saves for her second road shutout of the season.
"There were some very good flashes by our offense today," Said head coach Rob Brewer. "We settled in and got composed. It was a pretty even match all around. (Kelsey) Goff battled hard all match and had a good impact on the game. It was good to see her get the late goal. It is a good indication that we are improving to get a shutout on this field today."
The Bears got off to a fast start, rattling off the first three shots of the match and earning a corner. Western Illinois countered and the teams each had six shots apiece at halftime of a scoreless match.
As the second half began, WIU put up two quick shots and earned a corner within the first four minutes of play. The Bears defense didn't waver and MSU earned its second corner of the match in the 60th minute. Goff's shot was saved by WIU's keeper leading to a see-saw battle for the next 28 minutes.
In the 89th minute of play, the Bears garnered their fifth corner of the match. Michelle Mayne-Nicholls crossed the corner into the box finding Jessica Roberts at the back post. Roberts got the ball to Goff for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal.
MSU keeper Perry picked up her league-leading second clean sheet of the season. She is the only MVC keeper with two road shutouts this season.
Molly Huber led the Bears with four shots. Molly Brewer and Goff had two apiece as the Bears took a total of 12 shots in the match.
The Bears wrap up the five-game road trip with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at SIU Edwardsville on Sunday. MSU returns home on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. vs. UMKC. The match against the Kangaroos will be televised on Mediacom, check local listing for broadcast times.