Offense Powers Women's Soccer to Conference-Opening Comeback Win
Sept. 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (4-7-1, 1-0-0) overcame an early goal and scored the final three of the match to defeat visiting UNI (1-10-0, 0-1-0) by a 3-1 score on Friday at Plaster Field. The three goals is a season-high for the Bears, who move to 14-0-0 all-time in the regular season and 5-0-0 in conference-opening matches against the Panthers. Goals by Kelsey Goff, Molly Brewer and Molly Huber powered the Bears offense.
"The seniors brought us some good energy early," stated head coach Rob Brewer following the win. "I thought the team responded well to the early goal. It was good to see the offense come out in the second half and take control of the match. Shelby Stewart had a beautiful move on the end line to create that go-ahead goal. It was a good team effort tonight with a lot of spirit and we fought from beginning to end."
The Panthers took an early lead in the 20th minute of play. A shot from about 20 yards out was saves by MSU goalkeeper Jessica Perry. She was unable to control the shot and the rebound was put home from just in front of the net to put the Bears behind 1-0.
In the 33rd minute, Huber was taken down in the box and Missouri State was awarded a penalty kick as a result. Junior Kelsey Goff stepped up and fired a low shot into the net to equalize the match.
In the second half, the Bears offense poured it on. Shelby Stewart continued her impressive offensive play by starting the push forward in the 53rd minute. She controlled the ball all the way to the end line and crossed the ball to an open Molly Brewer in front of goal for the go-ahead tally.
MSU continued to apply ample offensive pressure to the Panthers and it paid dividends in the 86th minute. Rachel Weimer kept the play alive in the UNI defensive zone. An eventual turnover by the Panthers found the foot of Shelby Stewart. She found Huber open at the top of the box. Huber settled the ball and drilled a shot that deflected in for the third MSU goal of the night.
Huber led all players with six shots as the Bears took 13 in the match compared to just four by UNI. Brewer added two shots and five other MSU players contributed a shot each.
Perry was not tested often for the Bears. She made two saves in the match. The Bears defense limited UNI to just four shots in the match and just one in the second half.
The Bears head out on the Valley road, making their first-ever visit to Loyola next Saturday (Oct. 5) for a 7:00 p.m. match versus the Ramblers. MSU then travels to Evansville the following week before returning home on Friday, October 18 to take on Drake.