Voet Picks Up League-Leading Sixth Shutout in Scoreless Draw
Sept. 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (6-6-2, 0-1-1) continued its defense dominance in a 0-0 double overtime draw against visiting Evansville (2-6-3, 1-0-1) at Plaster Field on Sunday afternoon. MSU senior goalkeeper Chelsea Voet made three saves for her sixth shutout of the season, the most by any MVC goalkeeper.
"Defensively, we were very good today," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Overall, we played very well and fought hard throughout. It is a typical Valley battle, both teams came out prepared and either team could have won this match."
The game got off a slow start as both teams played a possession game in the midfield. After Evansville fired off the first shot of the match, wide, the Bears countered with Nia Williams testing the UE keeper with MSU's first shot.
Missouri State earned its first corner of the match in the 21st minute. Molly Brewer sent the corner to the back post where it was corralled by Erin Stewart. After Stewart deked past a defender, her shot was sent wide into the side netting.
Voet got her first save of the match in the 31st minute. Her resulting clearing attempt was converted into a shot on goal by Shelby Stewart, causing the UE Keeper to make a save of her own.
The Bears out-shot Evansville, 7-3, in the first half. Shelby Stewart racked up three shot attempts in the half.
Stewart picked up where she left off as the second half got underway. She again tested the Purple Aces keeper just two minutes into the second half. The save gave MSU another corner, its third of the match. The Bears picked up the first five shots of the second half, causing UE keeper Simone Busby to make four saves during that stretch.
The teams headed to overtime with the Bears out-shooting UE, 15-4. That's where the intensity picked up. Evansville picked up the first shot in overtime, missing just wide on a breakaway attempt. The Bears responded with consecutive shots on goal in the 95th minute.
The tide almost turned in the 98th minute. Missouri State was whistled for a foul 25 yards from net. The subsequent free kick by the Purple Aces curled around the Bears' wall and clanked off the post and back out. Shortly thereafter, Voet picked up her third and final save of the match.
Neither team created much offense in the second overtime as the Bears earned the only corner and recorded the only shot attempt of the period.
The Bears tied a season-high with 19 shots in the match. Shelby Stewart led the way with four shots. Molly Brewer, Alix Opfer and Michelle Sommer added three shots apiece. Erin Stewart and Rachel Weimer picked up two shots each to round out the six MSU players with multiple shots in the game.
Missouri State will again set out on the road with a Valley match at Northern Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Bears and Panthers will kickoff at 2:00 p.m. in Cedar Fall, Iowa. MSU returns home for a conference showdown with Creighton on Sunday, Oct. 14. Kick off against the Bluejays is set for 1:00 p.m. and the Bears will attempt to set a new attendance record at the match.