Bears Earn An Important Valley Point in Rainy Draw with Drake
Oct. 18, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-7-3, 2-0-2) picked up another point in a scoreless draw against Drake (2-9-4, 0-2-1) at a soggy Plaster Field on Friday night. The Bears defense pitched its second-straight Valley shutout and moved ahead of Evansville in the MVC standings.
"It was a typical Valley game," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We didn't get the break we needed in the first half, but you have to give Drake credit for sticking with it and being gritty in the second half."
The Bears put forth an offensive onslaught early in the first half. MSU rattled off nine shots and earned five corner kicks in the first 16 minutes of the match. But Drake filled the box with players and was able to avert an early Bears' goal, blocking three shots and making two saves in the flurry.
All told, the Bears fired 12 shots in the first half, allowing just a single Bulldog shot during the 45 minutes. In the second half, Drake had a bit more energy and tallied three shots to the Bears' two.
Missouri State's defense remained stout, allowing just six shots in the match and helping MSU keeper Jessica Perry earn her second-consecutive clean sheet. Perry needed to make just one save in the shutout.
The Bears will wrap up non-conference play on Sunday with a visit to Stillwater, Okla., for a 1:00 p.m. match against Oklahoma State. Fans can follow the match via GameTracker and live video; links available on the women's soccer schedule page.