Women's Soccer Season Ends in Shootout with Evansville
Nov. 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (5-10-4) saw its season come to an end as Evansville (9-5-4) advanced in a penalty kick shootout in the opening round of the MVC Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday at Plaster Field. The teams each scored a goal in regulation, but neither team was able to tally a winner during the run of play.
"I thought it was an outstanding effort by our team tonight," said head coach Rob Brewer. "I thought we had a good game plan and executed it well. Evansville's goalkeeper made some big saves and we let a one-goal lead get away."
The Bears came out firing on all cylinders early in the match. MSU earned a corner and had the first three shots of the match in the first two minutes of action.
The offensive pressure continued and the Bears were rewarded in the 36th minute. Molly Huber picked up the ball about 40 yards from net. She passed forward to Rachel Weimer, who beat the defender to the ball near the top of the box. Weimer dribbled to within 15 yards and lined a low shot into the net for a 1-0 advantage to MSU. It was Weimer's first goal of the year.
Missouri State again registered the first three shots of the second half, forcing UE keeper Simone Busby to save two of them. As the half progressed, the Purple Aces began to press for the tying goal.
It came in the 81st minute. A scramble about 20 yards from goal resulted in Evansville picking up the ball and sending it to the right side. The UE player took what appeared to be a cross that drifted over the head of MSU keeper Jessica Perry and into the net near the back post.
Neither team was able to get the go-ahead goal despite a number of quality chances on both sides. Both Perry and Busby made spectacular saves to keep the match knotted.
The match went to a shootout to decide which team would advance. Evansville chose to shot first and was successful of their first two attempts against MSU goalkeeper Evan Stamp. But stamp made a diving save on the third UE attempt giving the Bears a 3-2 advantage after the first three shooters. On the Bears' fourth attempt, Busby made a save to square up the shootout. The teams went to the seventh shooter and UE converted, but Busby's save on the Bears attempt pushed the Purple Aces into the semifinals.
Both team registered 17 shots during the match. Brewer had six to lead the Bears, three of which were on target. Huber added four shots for MSU.
It was the 17th appearance in the MVC Tournament in 18 seasons for Missouri State women's soccer. Evansville advances to face Illinois State and Drake will take on Indiana State in Friday's semifinals in Evansville.