Women's Soccer Drops 1-0 Match at Illinois State
Oct. 21, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (8-7-2, 2-2-1) gave up a second half goal to drop a 1-0 decision to Illinois State (10-4-2, 3-2-0) in Normal, Ill., on Sunday afternoon. The defeat ends the Bears four-match unbeaten streak and drops MSU into fourth place in the league standings.
"It was a pretty even match throughout," said head coach Rob Brewer. "I thought we competed well. Illinois State got their goal on the counter attack following some of our best offensive pressure. They are a good, aggressive team and you have to credit them for scoring a nice goal."
The first half saw both teams make offensive runs. The Bears out-shot the Redbirds, 7-6, but neither team found the back of the net in the half.
The second half began with the lion's share of play in the midfield. MSU registered the first shot of the half in the 64th minute by Michelle Sommer.
Just a minute later, Illinois State countered. Rachel Tejada centered a pass to Lauren Koehl who found the back of the net to give the Redbirds a 1-0 advantage.
Michelle Sommer picked up four shots in the match to lead the Bears. The total gives her 133 for her career and moves her into fourth on the all-time shots taken list in program history. Rachel Weimer added three shots as the teams each registered nine shots in the match.
Chelsea Voet made four saves in the match. Missouri State's defense held the league's leading scorer, Tejada, to just one shot and it was high.
The Bears return to Plaster Field on Thursday (Oct. 25) for Senior Night and the regular season finale with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff against Indiana State. Fans can purchase tickets at the gate on game day and, as always, students are free with ID. The women's soccer team will once again attempt to break the attendance record at the final home match and if 1,000 fans attend, the team will give away an iPad.