Mayne-Nicholls Nets Game-Winner in Overtime as Bears Top UMKC
Sept. 16, 2011
The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-3-1) blistered shot after shot towards the UMKC (1-4-3) net before netting the game-winner in the second overtime to prevail, 2-1, at Plaster Field on Friday night. MSU is now 3-0-0 all-time against UMKC with all three victories coming by a single goal.
"UMKC put us under a lot of pressure early," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Our team fought from start to finish. We knew if we kept getting chances on net that eventually one would fall our way."
The Bears fell behind early when UMKC's Taylor Bare bumped a Missouri State defender off the ball. Her goal put the Kangaroos up 1-0 in the 14th minute and the score would remain that way at the half.
Missouri State responded in the second half. In the 57th minute, Katelyn Frederickson's shot from 20 yards out hit the crossbar and stayed out. Then two minutes later, Michelle Sommer's header hit the post. But the Bears persisted, earning a corner in the 59th minute. Nia Williams found freshman Bethany Smith open at the near post. Smith headed in the corner kick to knot the score at 1-1.
The Bears continued to apply offensive pressure, racking up 28 shots in regulation. But the two sides remained tied and went to extra time. In the first overtime period, both teams had chances, but neither could tally the game winner.
That would all change in the 105th minute. The Bears gathered the ball at the back line and Nia Williams found a streaking Christine Cross up the left side. Cross corralled the ball in the corner and as she cut in towards net, she spotted Michelle Mayne-Nicholls open at the top of the box. Mayne-Nicholls chipped the pass over the keepers' head for the game winner. The goal at 104:17 was the fourth-latest game winner in team history and Mayne-Nicholls' first career goal.
Missouri State outshot the Kangaroos, 32-10, in the match. Tiffany Laughlin led the Bears with eight shots. Sommer pitched in seven, Smith took five and Frederickson added four shots.
Missouri State will open conference play in their next match at Indiana State on Friday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. The Bears will then return to Plaster Field for another three-match home stand facing Saint Louis on Sept. 25 at 2:00 p.m., Illinois State on Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and Drake on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m.