Women's Soccer Notches Conference Win at Loyola with OT Goal
Oct. 5, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-7-1, 2-0-0) got an overtime goal in the 109th minute to stun home-standing Loyola University Chicago (4-5-4, 1-1-0) with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. The Bears sit alone at the top of the MVC standings with six points, three points ahead of the other league foes.
"We fought hard today and found a way to get the equalizer in the second half," said head coach Rob Brewer. "To go down a goal on the road and come back and get three points in the Valley is good for us. We found our composure in the second half and it was a dramatic moment, exciting ending to get the goal in overtime."
The Bears dominated play early, registering the first four shots of the match. However, the Ramblers made their first shot count, scoring in the 35th minute to take a 1-0 advantage at home.
In the second half, the Bears again applied offensive pressure. In the 61st minute, it paid dividends. Molly Huber took her second shot of the match, forcing the LU keeper Monica Gonyo to make her second save of the match. She was unable to control the ball and MSU's Shelby Stewart put home the rebound, knotting the match at 1-1. It was Stewart's fourth goal of the season, tying her career high. Huber's assist was her fifth of the season, tops on the team.
The teams played the remainder of regulation with neither team able to convert the go-ahead goal. The first overtime went by with the Ramblers tallying two of the three shots in the period.
In the second overtime, Loyola was called for a foul with a few minutes left on the clock. The resulting free kick was played into the box and Molly Brewer buried the game-winner after the ensuing scramble in the box.
MSU racked up 15 shots in the match with Huber and Erin Stewart each recording three shots to lead the Bears. Michelle Mayne-Nicholls added two shots.
Bears' goalkeeper Jessica Perry picked up her fifth win on the year. She made two saves in the victory.
It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Bears have begun conference play 2-0-0. MSU is now unbeaten in the last four matches (3-0-1) and are 5-2-1 since Sept. 6.
The Bears will travel to Evansville next Saturday (Oct. 12) for a 3:00 p.m. match before returning home on Friday, October 18 to take on Drake.