Bears Drop Non-Conference Finale at Oklahoma State, 3-1
Oct. 20, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-8-3, 2-0-2) concluded the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 3-1 defeat at Oklahoma State (6-3-6) on Sunday afternoon. Molly Huber converted a penalty kick to snap a two-game scoring drought by the Bears' offense.
"In the second half with the wind at our back, we had some better chances," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We got a good effort while playing a lot of people. Hopefully we learned some things about our style of play that will help us when we get back to Valley play."
OSU jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the fourth minute of the match. The tally halted the Bears' shutout streak that had extended to more than 296 minutes.
The Bears got their first offensive opportunity in the 28th minute. Rachel Weimer fired the first MSU shot and the Oklahoma State keeper had to tip it wide resulting in the Bears' first corner of the match. Lauren Fussell got a shot away off the corner, but it was blocked by the defense.
In the 33rd minute, the Cowgirls doubled the lead to 2-0. A run up the right side found an OSU player on the end line and her center was back-heeled in for the second goal of the match.
The second half opened with Missouri State making a planned switch at goalkeeper, entering Evan Stamp into the match. Oklahoma State added a goal in the 51st minute to push the lead to 3-0.
Missouri State kept battling and it paid off in the 63rd minute. Weimer was taken down inside the 18-yard box, giving the Bears their second penalty kick of the season. Molly Huber stepped up to the spot and drilled a shot past the OSU keeper to get the Bears on the board. It marked the first time since 2003 that the Bears successfully converted two penalty kicks in the same season.
Weimer and Huber had two shots apiece as Missouri State took five shots in the match. MSU starting keeper Jessica Perry made four first-half saves.
The Bears return to action, and MVC play, on Friday with the final road match of the regular season at Indiana State. MSU and the Sycamores kick off at 6:00 p.m. Central time. Missouri State returns home next Thursday (October 31) for the regular season finale against Illinois State at 7:00 p.m.