Pair of Late Goals Notch Conference Win, Tie for League Lead
Oct. 6, 2012
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Missouri State women's soccer team (7-6-2, 1-1-1) got a pair of late goals to knock off Northern Iowa (6-8-1, 1-1-1) by a 3-1 score in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday afternoon. Molly Brewer, Rachel Weimer and Kelsey Goff score in win that improves the Bears' record to 15-1-0 all-time vs. UNI and vaults MSU into a four-way tie for the conference lead with four points.
"We played some pretty good soccer today," said head coach Rob Brewer. "I felt we played the better run of play and had pretty good control throughout. They poised problems for us when they had free kicks, corners. It was good to see Rachel (Weimer) get the goal late because she worked so hard throughout the match."
The Bears seemed to dominate the first half, especially early. MSU earned three corners and took the only shot in the first 12 minutes of play. UNI countered and found the back of the net in the 21st minute off of a free kick, the only Panthers' shot of the half.
Missouri State responded later in the half. Rachel Weimer applied pressure up the middle and sent Molly Brewer a pass in on net one-on-one with the UNI keeper. Brewer beat the keeper and knotted the match at 1-1 in the 35th minute.
With the wind in their favor in the first half, the Bears racked up six corners and out-shot UNI, 5-1
Statistically, the tide turned in the second half. The Panthers were credited with 15 shots in the second half, the half with the wind at their backs. But Missouri State senior keeper Chelsea Voet made all five saves in the half to keep the match tied.
The Bears offense broke through again in the 88th minute. This time, Brewer fed Weimer who was in on goal alone. She beat the UNI keeper for the eventual game-winner.
Less than a minute later, the Bears struck again. Kelsey Goff out-muscled the defender in a scramble in front of the net and tallied her first goal as a Bear.
Lauren Wendt and Weimer each recorded four shots in the match to lead MSU. Goff added a pair, but the Bears were out-shot 16-13.
Missouri State will return 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.