Women's Soccer Bookends Exciting Weekend on Campus
Sept. 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In the midst of its longest home stand of the season, the Missouri State women's soccer team (3-5-1) will begin and end an exciting weekend of activities on campus. The Bears will face Western Illinois (6-1-0) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday to get the weekend started and will wrap up the weekend hosting North Dakota State (3-4-0) at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
"We hope this weekend will help us build some more confidence," said head coach Rob Brewer. "We have played well at times, we just need to create more chances and turn those chances into goals. I hope we can be cohesive and have a good feeling about this team going into conference play next weekend."
The Bears, 2-1-1 at home, have had phenomenal defensive performances at Plaster Field this season. Led by seniors Grace Cross, Nia Williams and goalkeeper Chelsea Voet, Missouri State has given up just one goal over the four home matches this season, the fewest goals against at home in the Valley. Voet has recorded all three of her shutouts at home and entered the week second in the nation in minutes played.
On the offensive side, freshman Molly Brewer has been a good addition for the Bears. Her four assists this season lead all MVC players and puts her in a tie for 28th in the nation. Senior Michelle Sommer has four goals and is third in the Valley in points per game (0.89).
The weekend will feature the final non-conference home matches of the season as the Bears will head out next weekend to kickoff conference play at Drake on Saturday (Sept. 22). The Bears have faced WIU once in team history, a 1-0 setback in 2007. MSU will take on NDSU for the first time in program history.
Tickets for all home matches can be purchased at the gate on game day.