Bears Drop Regular Season Finale to Redbirds, 3-1
Oct. 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-10-3, 2-2-2) fell into an early hole and dropped the regular season finale to Illinois State (12-6-0, 6-0-0) on Thursday by a 3-1 score. The loss drops the Bears to the fourth seed in the MVC Women's Soccer Championship and MSU will host Evansville (9-5-3, 2-3-1) on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Plaster Field.
"Once we got a little better adjusted, I thought we got some better chances," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We still learned a few things about trying to use our speed to pressure defenses."
Illinois State struck first with Rachel Tejada heading a loose ball over MSU goalkeeper Jessica Perry, who was charging out to meet the ball at the top of the box.
The Redbirds doubled the advantage in the 13th minute as an ISU player eluded the Bears' defense and dribbled to within five yards of net before shooting.
Missouri State rebounded and drew back-to-back fouls on the Redbirds. The resulting free kick was just 20 yards from net and Molly Brewer drilled a low shot through the wall and into the net to draw the Bears to within 2-1.
The Bears kept up the offensive pressure to no avail as the score remained 2-1 at halftime. As the second half began, Missouri State earned three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes. But the set pieces did not result in a tying goal.
In the 62nd minute, the Redbirds put the game out of reach with their third goal of the match. ISU clamped down on defense, but the Bears earned another corner in the 81st minute. Two more shots by the Bears in the final minutes of the match were unsuccessful.
Molly Brewer had two of the Bears' seven shots in the match. Both shots were on target and she tallied her career-best fourth goal of the season.
Molly Huber also had two shots for the Bears. Erin Stewart's early shot forced the ISU keeper to make her first save of the match. Rachel Weimer and Michelle Mayne-Nicholls also had a shot apiece in the tilt.
The Bears will open the MVC Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday with a 5:00 p.m. kick against Evansville at Plaster Field. The winner faces Illinois State in the semifinals next Friday (November 8) in Evansville, Ind.