Bears Win Conference Opener on Sommer's Late First Half Goal
Sept. 23, 2011
The Missouri State women's soccer team (6-3-1, 1-0-0) earned its first conference victory of the season at Indiana State (3-8-0, 0-1-0) win a 1-0 shutout win in Terre Haute, Ind. on Friday night. It is the second-straight season that MSU has beaten the Sycamores by a 1-0 score.
"Michelle (Sommer) was in good position on the corner," said head coach Rob Brewer. "It was a good feeling to go into halftime with the lead. Indiana State came out with a lot of pressure in the second half, but our defense did well to keep them off the scoreboard."
The Bears got on the board late in the first half. Michelle Sommer headed in the go-ahead goal in the 45th minute on an assist from a Nia Williams corner kick. The goal was Sommer's second of the year, tying her for the team lead. Williams' assist was her team-leading fifth on the season.
Senior goalkeeper Jessica Teahan made six saves to record her third shutout of the season. Missouri State has now shut out its opponent in four of the last five matches.
Sommer and freshman Bethany Smith recorded three shots apiece to lead MSU. Tiffany Laughlin pitched in two shots as the Bears totaled nine shots in all. It is the fifth time in the series history that MSU has shut out ISU in Terre Haute (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005).
The Bears will return to Plaster Field for another three-match home stand facing Saint Louis on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 p.m. The home stand will continue against Illinois State on Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. and wrap up with Drake on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m.