Women's Soccer to Kick Off Season at UMKC, Home Opener Sunday
Aug. 21, 2014
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"We are happy to be successful thus far through the exhibitions," said head coach Rob Brewer, "but we would like to see how the team would react to some adversity. We will continue to get better each day, but the level of play and intensity goes up, tackles get harder and we have to be ready for that."
Juniors Molly Brewer and Kristina Tomaras tallied two goals each in the exhibition slate. Brewer tied for the team lead in goals last season. Freshman Rachel Catrell also scored a goal and added an assist during her two exhibition matches.
Senior Molly Huber led the Bears in assists a year ago. She had an assist in the Bears' exhibition win over Drury on Monday.
Missouri State is 5-0-0 all-time against UMKC. All five victories have been by a single goal with the last four matches being decided in the final minutes or overtime. Sunday's fixture against Utah State will be the first between the two programs.
"It is about us," continued Brewer on facing Utah State for the first time. "We are still refining our style of play and our focus is on Missouri State women's soccer, not Utah State. We are excited for the opportunity to play in front of our fans in the middle of campus at our new field."
Sunday will be a big day on campus, initiated by the women's soccer regular season home opener at 11:00 a.m. The team will sign posters for fans after the match. The athletics department will hold an open house for the new facilities from 3:00 to 5:30 followed by the Allison South Stadium dedication at 6:00 p.m.