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SMS Women's Soccer gets 2-1 OT win in season opener



SMS sophomore Kate Blair scored just over four minutes into overtime, giving the Bears a 2-1 win over Arkansas State, Friday, in the season opener at Cooper Sports Complex. Blair’s goal gave the Bears a victory in their final match as Southwest Missouri State University, before becoming Missouri State on Sunday.

SMS controlled the ball for most of the first half, taking nine shots, with three on goal, but were unable to capitalize. The Bears’ best chance to score came with just 59 seconds left in the first half when freshman Meghan Cassady sent a corner kick into the box for sophomore Lauren Heck. Arkansas State goalie Brielan Smiechowski was pulled out of the net, but

ASU freshman Kellye Hamm deflected the ball for the team save, keeping the match scoreless going into intermission.

After a 25 minute rain and lightning delay, the Bears had another great chance, as SMS once again pulled the ASU goalie out of the net and a shot by junior Chelsea Anderson was just wide of the goal.

The Lady Indians Mary Jo Rana put ASU up 1-0 at the 83:47 mark, but the Bears would counter just over a minute later. Freshman Jenna Dobkins fed her first career assist to freshman Allison Osmundson for her first collegiate goal, tying the score at one. Both teams failed to score again in regulation, sending the match to overtime.

Just 4:46 into the overtime period, SMS sophomore Kate Blair sent the ball into the net, giving the Bears the 2-1 win. SMS freshman goalie Jackie Jasper claimed her first career win in goal for the Bears with ASU goalie Smiechowski taking the loss.

SMS out shot the Lady Indians 25 to five, with Arkansas State putting only two shots on goal. The Bears also had 10 corner kicks in the match, with none for the Lady Indians. 

The Bears, 1-0 on the season, will take to the road on Sunday, traveling to Little Rock, Ark., to face the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, with game time set for 1 p.m.



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