Laughlin's Two Goals Power Bears to Home Opener Win over UALR
The Missouri State women's soccer team (1-1-0) opened the home regular season schedule with a convincing 3-0 win over visiting UALR (0-3-0) Friday night at Plaster Field. Freshman Tiffany Laughlin scored twice, including the game winner, to give head coach Rob Brewer his 200th career head women's soccer coaching victory.
"Our offense was much better tonight," said Brewer. "We were able to connect better on our serves and we got a lot of pressure on their defense. We have good athletes up front and it proved to be successful tonight."
The Bears got on the board in the 26th minute when Christine Cross hit a streaking Brooke Williams up the left side. Williams dribbled to the edge of the box and found a wide open Laughlin who drilled the ball into the empty net.
Missouri State doubled its lead in the 41st minute when freshman Shelby Stewart centered a pass and Rachel Weimer headed it into an open net.
The Bears didn't quit in the second half. Laughlin again found the back of the net in 66th minute. Sophomore defender Nia Williams served a ball into the box that deflected off of the crossbar to a wide open Laughlin. She buried the ball to put MSU up 3-0.
"It feels good to score goals and get a win for our team," said Laughlin. "Everyone played well tonight. The defense won the ball for us and everyone was thinking clearly and was able to get the ball to the forwards."
Missouri State's offense dominated, outshooting the Trojans 23 to six. Laughlin had six shots to lead the team. Weimer added five shots with Nia Williams and Jessica Roberts also adding multiple shots.
Junior goalkeeper Jessica Teahan started for the Bears and was untested in her 79 minutes of play. Backup Chelsea Voet played the final 11 minute and made two late saves to preserve the shutout.
"We worked hard out there tonight," stated Brewer. "We hope to build off of this and continue to improve as the season goes on."
The Bears will face Tennessee Martin at Plaster Field on Sunday, August 29, at 1:00 p.m. to end the homestand.