Brewer, Weimer Tally Goals in Comeback Win over UMKC
Sept. 24, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (6-6-1, 0-1-0) came from behind to upend UMKC (3-6-3) for a 2-1 victory in Kansas City on Monday night. The Bears have now rattled off four straight wins over the Kangaroos.
"It was a good night for our team," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We pressed the attack and created some good chances. Our possession was better and we were able to finish a couple of those chances."
The Bears controlled much of the offensive play early. Shelby Stewart rattled off two shots within the first 10 minutes of play.
But UMKC took the early lead on the counter attack in the 16th minute. The Kangaroos got a player behind the Bears defense and she was ruled on-side after receiving a through ball. She dribbled into the box and tapped the ball into the back of the net.
The Bears kept the offensive pressure on despite the deficit. Michelle Sommer sent a ball to Rachel Weimer streaking in behind the `Roos defense. She was able to get past the UMKC goalkeeper and put home a sharp angle shot to knot the match at 1-1. The goal was Weimer's fourth of the season, tied for the team lead.
Missouri State out-shot UMKC in the first half 5-2. Shelby Stewart had three of the Bears' shots in the half.
The Bears continued to pepper shots in the direction of the UMKC net in the second half. Finally in the 87th minute, MSU broke through again. Michelle Mayne-Nicholls grabbed possession of the ball in the middle of the field. She waited for Molly Brewer to make her run and played a beautiful ball into space. Brewer ran onto the ball and beat the UMKC keeper to the back post. The assist was the first of her career for Mayne-Nicholls.
Shelby Stewart led all Bears with five shots in the match. Weimer added a pair of shots and four other Bears recorded one shot apiece as MSU out-shot the Kangaroos 11-6 in the match.
The victory marks the third-straight season that the Bears have upended UMKC by a 2-1 score. MSU improves to 4-0-0 all-time against UMKC, all four wins were one-goal victories.
Missouri State will return to Plaster Field to open the home conference slate against Evansville on Sept. 30 at 1:00 p.m. The match against the Purple Aces will be video streamed through Bears All-Access and fans can purchase tickets at the gate on game day.