Women's Soccer Finishes Off Comeback, Bluejays, with 2-1 Overtime Victory
The Missouri State women's soccer team (9-5-2, 3-1-1) handed Creighton (12-3-2, 4-1-0) its first conference loss and kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 overtime win Friday night at Plaster Field. The win moves the Bears to within two points of Creighton in the standings and makes next week's regular season finale a very important match.
The Bears fell behind in the 16th minute when Macy Mauer chipped a ball over the defense and Andrea Zuniga tipped it past Missouri State goalkeeper Jessica Teahan.
Missouri State evened the score just before halftime. In the 45th minute, senior Sarah Linsin picked off a Creighton clearing attempt and drilled a shot from 25 yards out. It was her second goal of the year, a career high for Linsin.
A physical second half put the Bluejays down a player in the 61st minute. But Missouri State was unable to capitalize on the advantage the remainder of regulation and the teams headed to overtime.
In the 94th minute, senior Jordan Reppell took a free kick from near midfield. Her drive found the head of sophomore Michelle Sommer, who beat the defender and the goalkeeper to complete the comeback and give the Bears the win. It was Sommer's third goal of the season.
"I was determined," said Sommer, regarding the game-winning goal. "We had been wearing them down in the second half and took advantage of the chance in overtime."
The Bears defense stepped up to the challenge against the powerful Bluejays offense. Creighton was only able to muster seven shots in the match and just one on net.
"Our defense was solid and has been all year," continued Sommer. "They will be a factor come tournament time."
Sommer led all Bears with four of Missouri State's 14 shots. Linsin, Katelyn Frederickson and Tiffany Laughlin tallied two shots apiece.
Missouri State will finish out the regular season at home with senior night on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. against Evansville.