Perry, Bears' Defense Stand Tall in Draw to Stay Atop MVC Standings
Oct. 12, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - For the second-consecutive season, 110 minutes of play was not enough to decide a match between the Missouri State women's soccer team (5-7-2, 2-0-1) and the Evansville Purple Aces (9-2-2, 2-0-1). MSU goalkeeper Jessica Perry made eight saves and earned her third clean sheet of the season as the teams played to a 0-0 draw in Evansville on Saturday afternoon.
"Overall, we did very good," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We kept all of their good chances at distance. Our defense hung in there and battled the entire match. We were better offensively in the second half. It is always good to go on the road and get a point from the defending league champions. At this point in the season, it is nice to know we still control our own destiny en route to a conference title."
The Bears earned a hard-fought point to stay in a tie at the top of the MVC standings with seven points. MSU remains unbeaten in the last five matches (3-0-2) and are 5-2-2 since September 6. The scoreless draw marks the 12th straight season in which the Bears played an opponent to a 0-0 tie.
Evansville controlled much of the possession in the first half, firing 12 shots to the Bears' three. Perry made three saves in the first half.
In the second half, the Bears put on more offensive pressure which relieved the defense a bit. MSU got off four shots, forcing UE goalkeeper Simone Busby to make three saves. Perry made four saves in the half and the teams headed to extra time knotted at 0-0.
The Bears got the first chance in overtime, taking the opening kick right down the field. As the Bears reached the top of the box, UE's defense stepped in to thwart the threat. Each team got a shot away in the period with the Bears forcing Busby to make the only save of the session.
In the second overtime, Evansville took the only shot and Perry stood tall to make the save and earn a hard-fought point for the Bears.
Millie Kingsbury and Rachel Weimer had two shots apiece to lead the Bears. Four other Bears recorded a shot.
The Bears return home to face Drake on Friday, October 18 at Plaster Field. The 7:00 p.m. match has been designated the Bears' pink game this season.