Women's Soccer Poised to Battle Big 12, SEC Foes This Weekend at Home
Aug 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (0-2-0) wraps up a season-opening four-game home stand this weekend with Big 12 opponent Kansas and SEC foe Arkansas visiting Springfield. The Bears battle the Jayhawks at Plaster Field on Friday at 6:00 p.m. MSU and the Razorbacks will take the pitch at Cooper Family Soccer Plex on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Last season, the Bears dropped a 4-1 decision at Kansas with Molly Brewer adding one of her team-high five assists on an early second half goal. The Bears have been able to net a goal in three of the last four meetings with the Jayhawks. Despite a 1-9-0 all-time record against Kansas, the Bears have scored eight goals.
Missouri State has had better results against Arkansas. The Bears are 3-9-0 and over the last two meetings, MSU has a 2-1 scoring edge. Shelby Stewart scored in the second half of MSU's 2-0 win in Fayetteville in 2011.
Following this weekend's home matches, the Bears set out on a five-game road swing through Arkansas and Illinois. Missouri State will return home on Sept. 17 for a televised match against UMKC.
After tallying 11 preseason goals, the Bears have been held to a single regular season goal, scored by Shelby Stewart against Oral Roberts last Friday. MSU has been accurate with its shot attempts, placing nine of 15 on net, forcing the opposing goalkeeper to remain active.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Perry played every minute of opening weekend. She made seven saves against Tulsa on Sunday, holding the Golden Hurricane off the board until the 104th minute.