Bears Suffer Devastating Overtime Loss to End Season
Oct. 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (8-8-2, 2-3-1) dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime match to visiting Indiana State (7-9-2, 2-3-1) on Thursday evening at Plaster Field. The overtime goal ended senior Chelsea Voet's home shutout streak at 685 minutes and MSU was eliminated from the MVC Women's Soccer Championship in the process.
"Chelsea (Voet) was solid and had a pretty good run not having given up a goal at home since August," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Nia (Williams) and Grace (Cross) held up on the back line and didn't give up too many chances. Kelly (Caldwell) had a good run in the first half and nearly had a goal or two. Michelle Sommer battled and they all fought hard throughout the match."
The first half was a defensive struggle as both teams had limited offensive chances. The Sycamores, with the wind at their back, out-shot the Bears, 5-4, in the half. The Bears had the best scoring opportunity in the half as Rachel Weimer had a breakaway attempt that was saved off of her foot in the box by the ISU keeper.
Missouri State used the wind to its advantage in the second half, out-shooting the Sycamores, 11-0 in the period. The Bears got shots from Alix Opfer, Molly Brewer and Lauren Fussell within the first seven minutes of the half. A second corner of the frame led to a wide header by Michelle Sommer, but Indiana State's defense held the Bears off the board.
The Bears amped up the pressure in the final 10 minutes of regulation. MSU got a pair of shots from Sommer and Opfer and another by Weimer, all resulting in saves by the Sycamore stopper.
The teams went to overtime knotted at 0-0. In the extra period, Indiana State controlled most of the play, applying pressure into the wind. Finally in the 99th minute, ISU got a free kick from 30 yards out. The kick sailed into the box and was punched out by Voet, but ISU's Taylor Reed picked off the ball and volleyed it back into the net for the game winner.
Led by Sommer's four shots, the Bears out-shot Indiana State, 15-9, in the match. Brewer and Opfer each added three and Weimer put a pair of shots on net.
Missouri State seniors left an impression on the history books as their careers came to an end. Nia Williams tied for second in program history with 14 career assists. Sommer's four shots ended her career with 137, fourth all-time.