2013 Missouri State Women's Soccer Position Preview: Midfield
Aug 21, 2013
As the Missouri State women's soccer team prepares for the regular season opener on Friday against Oral Roberts, we take a look at this year's team in a four-part position preview. Today, we focus on the midfield.
The Bears midfield has a plethora of depth and versatility, giving head coach Rob Brewer flexibility with matchups. With a group of holding and attacking midfielders, a number of players could see minutes.
"We have some good holding mids," said Brewer. "We have players that can be ball-winners and some midfielders that can take on an attacking role."
Sophomore Erin Stewart made an immediate impact in her first season, scoring the first goal a year ago. She played in all 18 matches, receiving seven starts. Her ability to improve in her second season will be key.
Senior Jessica Roberts and juniors Kelsey Goff and Michelle Mayne-Nicholls will also play key roles at midfield. Roberts picked up her first career point last season and looks to remain healthy in her final year. Mayne-Nicholls has become a solid midfielder, playing all 18 matches last year, getting nine starts. Her 12 shots were sixth on the team, a statistical category dominated by Michelle Sommer in recent seasons. Goff has the ability to attack and has seen time at forward as well.
Sophomore Lauren Fussell has developed into a reliable asset as an outside midfielder. She scored in her first game on her first shot in the season opener in 2012. Fellow sophomore Lauren Josten played well during the preseason.
The Bears depth at midfield continues with the addition of newcomers Alaina Derse, Millie Kingsbury and Margaret Moore. All three saw playing time during exhibition play and Moore tallied a goal last Friday.
Missouri State has the ability to move some defenders up to midfield or drop back some forwards when necessary.
Missouri State opens the regular season with a four-game home stand this Friday, August 23 against Oral Roberts. The Bears and Golden Eagles kick off at 7:00 p.m. at Plaster Field.