Williams' Strike, Solid Defense Propel Bears to 1-0 Home Win
Sept. 14, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (4-5-1) ended Western Illinois' (6-2-0) six-match winning streak with a 1-0 shutout victory at Plaster Field on Friday night. Senior Chelsea Voet picked up her fourth shutout of the season and fellow senior Nia Williams scored her first career goal, the game-winner, to move MSU to 3-1-1 at home this year.
"It was a tough challenge for us, but I thought we were outstanding on defense tonight," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Western Illinois is a good team and they are used to winning and scoring goals. Our possession was much better in the second half and the goal by Nia (Williams) was wonderfully taken."
The Bears applied some early pressure with Michelle Mayne-Nicholls and Molly Brewer each taking a shot in the first 10 minutes of play. Brewer's shot was on net and she followed that up with another shot in the 24th minute that was blocked by a Western Illinois player.
But the best scoring chance for MSU came off the foot of Lauren Wendt. She sent in a lined shot from the right side that trickled through the WIU keeper's hands, but she was able to recover before the ball crossed the endline.
The Bears got on the board on their first shot attempt of the second half. Williams picked up the ball near midfield and juked past a couple of WIU players. She found an opening about 35 yards out and drilled a low shot that beat the Western Illinois keeper on the back post
Missouri State's defense continued its stellar play recording the fourth clean sheet of the season, all coming at home. The Bears extended their home shutout streak to 297 minutes.
On offense, Sommer led the way with four shots, two on frame. She continues to lead the Bears in shots taken with 19 on the season.
The Bears will complete the home stand on Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. kickoff against North Dakota State (3-4-0) at Plaster Field. The match will be the final home non-conference game of the season as MSU will head to Drake to open conference play next Saturday (Sept. 22). Tickets for all home matches can be purchased at the gate on game day.