Bears Rack Up Season-Highs in Shots, Corners in 1-1 Draw at Nebraska-Omaha
Sept. 22, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (3-7-1) put up a season-high 17 shots and played Nebraska-Omaha (2-5-2) to a 1-1 draw in Omaha on Sunday afternoon. Michelle Mayne-Nicholls scored her first goal of the season for the Bears.
"Our goal was the result of lots of offensive pressure," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We felt like we were in control for a large part of the match. We fought and fought until we got the goal and I didn't feel like we were in much jeopardy in the overtime periods."
MSU starting goalkeeper Jessica Perry was tested early, making a save in the second minute of the match. But after the early pressure by UNO, the Bears turned in seven of the next eight shots in the match. By halftime, Missouri State was out-shooting the Mavericks, 7-3, and had four of the five corner kicks, but the teams remained scoreless.
In the second half, the Bears made their planned switch at keeper, inserting Evan Stamp for her second appearance of the season. The Bears' offense kept the pressure off the freshman keeper by earning seven corners and taking the first five shots of the period.
In the 66th minute, Missouri State finally broke through. Molly Huber blasted a shot that was saved by the UNO keeper. Michelle Mayne-Nicholls put home the rebound for a 1-0 MSU lead. The assist went the Huber, her team-leading fourth of the season.
The advantage was short-lived though as the Mavericks tied the match in the 69th minute. The teams battled back-and-forth the remainder of regulation with neither side able to break the stalemate.
In overtime, the Bears put Perry back in net. She made one save in the second overtime to keep the match tied.
Huber led the Bears with a season-high six shots. Mayne-Nicholls added four shots and Jessica Roberts pitched in two. The Bears earned 16 corner kicks in the match, the most in more than six seasons.
The Bears return to Plaster Field on Friday, Sept. 27 for the conference opener versus UNI. The 5:00 p.m. match against the Panthers will also be Senior Night for the Bears.