Women's Soccer Falls to Illinois State in the MVC Title Match
Nov. 6, 2011
The Missouri State women's soccer team (12-5-2) dropped its final match of the 2011 season to the Illinois State Redbirds (13-5-0) in the State Farm MVC Tournament Championship by a final of 5-0.
"We played pretty well in the first half, created a few opportunities," said head coach Rob Brewer. "You have to give credit to Illinois State. They have been scoring goals like crazy lately and got a lot of momentum in the second half. It was a win or go home game, so we had to take some chances."
Missouri State battled the Redbirds toe-to-toe in the first half, outshooting ISU, 7-6. But Illinois State got on the board first. Tournament MVP Kyla Cross took a pass in behind the Bears' defense and got a chip over MSU senior goalkeeper Jessica Teahanfor a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
The score remained a one-goal advantage for ISU as the teams headed to halftime. However, the Redbird offense exploded in the second half. Illinois State was awarded a free kick just inches outside the box in the 51st minute. After the set piece deflected off the cross bar, MSU defenders were unable to control and Mary Sahm doubled the Redbird lead.
The Bears continued to push on the offensive end, but the ISU counter attack would lead to three more goals and a 5-0 ISU lead by the 58th minute.
Missouri State mustered 16 shots in the match, but the ISU defense was able to block five from even getting to the keeper. Redbird goalkeeper Aryn Newsom made six saves to keep the Bears off the scoreboard.
Freshman forward Bethany Smith and sophomore Tiffany Laughlin each had three shots to lead the Bears. Michelle Sommeradded two shots, running her season total to 57, the fourth-highest single season total in program history.
Jessica Teahanmade three saves for MSU. She had a total of 101 for the season, upping her career total to 263, the third-most in team history. Teahan ends her career at Missouri State with a 0.96 goals against average, the best in Bears' history.
The Bears' 12 wins this season ties the mark set in 1997 and 2000 for the second-highest win total in school history. Six MSU seniors - Tara Bailes, Logan Bisbee, Christine Cross, Jennifer Hamlin, Jeslynne McGrath and Jessica Teahan- played their final match as a Bear in a record-setting season for Missouri State.
*Denotes Tournament MVP