Women's Soccer Drops First MVC Decision, 2-1, at Indiana State
Oct. 25, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-9-3, 2-1-2) dropped its first Valley decision of the season with a 2-1 defeat at Indiana State (8-8-0, 3-2-0) on Friday evening. The loss drops the Bears (8 points) to third in the Valley as the Sycamores leap-frog MSU into second with nine points heading into the final match of the season.
Indiana State took advantage of the energy surrounding its Senior Night by jumping in front with a goal in the 21st minute. A long shot by the Sycamores hit the crossbar and dropped into the net for the early lead.
The Bears were able to generate a little offensive momentum, but were not credited with a shot in the first half despite earning a pair of corners.
In the second half, the urgency on behalf of the Bears was evident. Shelby Stewart took a strong shot in the 48th minute, forcing the ISU keeper to make her first save. Kelsey Goff added a shot in the 63rd minute, but her effort went wide to the right.
The intensity continued to build and the Bears broke through in the 68th minute. An ISU throw in along the right side kicked loose to Molly Brewer. She dribbled to the top of the box and fired a shot that caromed into the net off the right post, knotting the match at 1-1.
For the third time in four seasons, the match between the Bears and Sycamores was decided in the final minutes of play. In the 87th minute, ISU earned its fourth corner of the match. The resulting set piece was headed in off the crossbar for the eventual game-winner.
MSU goalkeeper Jessica Perry made six saves for the Bears.
Missouri State returns home next Thursday (October 31) for the regular season finale against Illinois State at 7:00 p.m. The match against the Redbirds will feature Halloween festivities and be streamed live on Bears All-Access.