Women's Soccer to Duel Purple Aces in Sunday Matinee
Sept. 28, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer team (6-6-1, 0-1-0) looks to avenge last season's loss when Evansville (2-6-2, 1-0-0) visits Plaster Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bears and Purple Aces kickoff at 1:00 p.m. with a youth clinic to follow the match and, as always, youth 12 and under can attend the MSU match for free.
"We have a good history against Evansville, but they got into the Tournament last season at our expense," said head coach Rob Brewer. "Evansville has had probably the surprise of the season so far, knocking off preseason-favorite Illinois State by a 4-1 score. We need to be prepared to play on Sunday. With it being a Valley match, the intensity goes through the roof."
Missouri State senior goalkeeper Chelsea Voet has a 387 minute home shutout streak intact entering Sunday's match. She has picked up five clean sheets this season, all coming at Plaster Field. She is tied for the league-lead with the five shutouts. In six home matches this season, the Bears have allowed just one goal.
On offense, Michelle Sommer and Rachel Weimer have each tallied four goals this season and are tops on the team with nine points apiece. Molly Brewer leads MSU with four assists and is just one point off the team-lead.
Last season, the Purple Aces spoiled the Bears' run at a regular season title with a 1-0 overtime victory in Evansville. The loss thwarted MSU's efforts for the first regular season championship in program history. It also marked just the second time since 2002 that the Bears didn't score at least one goal against Evansville.
After the first weekend of conference play, the MVC standings are reversed compared to the preseason selections. MSU, along with preseason-favorite Illinois State, sit at the bottom of the standings having suffered conference-opening losses a week ago.
Following Sunday's match, the MSU coaches and players will conduct a free one-hour clinic for youth age 12 and under.