Missouri State Set to Host State Farm MVC Women's Soccer Tournament
Nov. 3, 2011
The Missouri State women's soccer team (11-4-2, 4-1-1) will face the Northern Iowa Panthers (8-9-3, 2-4-0) in the semifinal round of the MVC Tournament on Friday, November 4. Kickoff at Cooper Family Soccer Plex in Springfield, Mo., is set for 6:00 p.m. This is the 16th consecutive season that Missouri State has made the MVC Tournament. With a win over UNI, the Bears will advance to the championship match to face the winner of Friday's Illinois State-Evansville semifinal match.
MSU vs. MVC Tournament teams - Missouri State went 2-1-0 this season against the three remaining MVC Tournament teams. The Bears beat the Panthers and Redbirds this season at Plaster Field, 2-0 and 1-0, respectively. Missouri State ended the regular season with a 1-0 overtime loss at Evansville.
BEARS & PANTHERS - The Bears are 13-1-0 all-time against UNI. The two teams have met on two prior occasions in the MVC Tournament, 2000 (5-0 MSU win) and 2002 (2-0 UNI win).
Including this season's shutout win, MSU has not allowed a goal to the Panthers in four of the last five matches. In the Bears' 13 wins over UNI, they have allowed one goal or fewer in each victory.
Series History vs. UNI
^MVC Tournament Opening Round match at Cooper, Springfield, Mo.
IN THE MVC TOURNAMENT - Missouri State is 11-12-5 all-time in the MVC Tournament. The Bears have advanced to the finals four times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2010), winning the tournament in 2000.
COACH Rob Brewer - Missouri State head coach Rob Brewer (Lynchburg College, 1977) is 152-126-35 in his 16th season at the helm of the Bears. Brewer has been the only head coach in Missouri State women's soccer history. Before coming to Missouri State, Brewer went 68-28-2 in five seasons as the women's head coach at Elon (N.C.). He earned his 150th win as the Bear's head coach on October 7, 2011 with a 1-0 win over Drake.
GAMETRACKER - GameTracker will be provided for all of this year's MVC Tournament matches and can be accessed at www.missouristatebears.com.
VIDEO - Video coverage of the Bears' semifinal match with UNI can be viewed on the web through Valley Live and will be available for free at valley-live.tv. Sunday's championship match can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. Check local listings for availability.
QUICK KICKS - Eight of the last 10 MVC Tournament matches that Missouri State has played in have gone to overtime or beyond.
- The Bears' 11 wins this season is the second-highest season total. MSU had 12 wins in 1997 and 2000. It is the fourth time in the last six seasons that the Bears have racked up 10 or more victories.
- The four losses are tied for the fewest in team history (2004, 2005).
- Seven-consecutive wins, eleven-straight unbeaten matches, four-straight 1-0 shutout wins - all firsts for an MSU women's soccer team
- The second-place finish by Missouri State ties the highest conference finish in team history also achieved the last two seasons.
- Missouri State recorded its 150th win in team history on October 7, 2011, with a 1-0 victory over Drake at Plaster Field. Other notable wins in program history - Win #1: September 13, 1996 vs. UALR (4-0) Win #25: October 29, 1998 vs. Eastern Illinois (3-1) Win #50: November 3, 2000 vs. Illinois State (1-0 [OT]) Win #100: September 8, 2006 vs. Alabama A&M (2-1 [OT])
- The Bears' 11-4-2 mark to this point of the season ties the 1997 mark as the best "start" to any season.
- The two goals allowed in conference play is the fewest in program history for the conference regular season.
- The Missouri State defense has allowed just 16 goals this season, tied for the second-lowest total in team history (13, 2004). The Bears went a stretch of eight matches this season in which they allowed just one total goal.
- The Bears' defense has shut out opponents eight times this season. It marks the fourth-straight season of eight or more shutouts and the seventh season in team history to record at least eight clean sheets.
- Missouri State scored at least one goal in all but two matches on the year. That is the fewest times being shut out in a season since 1999 when the Bears were blanked only twice.
- Bethany Smith's eight goals is the most by a freshman since Kate Blair tallied eight in 2004. It is also the most goals scored in a season since Caroline Sweeney had nine in 2006.
- Bethany Smith's four game-winning goals is tied for the most in a single season in school history (Kate Blair, 2004; Jaime Hautzinger, 1999).
- Bethany Smith's 18 points this season are tied for the sixth-most in school history. She had a four-game goal scoring streak from Oct. 7 through Oct. 22 and scored goals in six of eight matches from Sept. 16 through Oct. 22.
- Michelle Sommer's 52 shots this year is the fifth-highest single season total.
- Senior goalkeeper Jessica Teahan set career highs with 11 wins and 93 saves. She tied her career high with seven shutouts, the most by any Valley goalkeeper.
- Katelyn Frederickson's goal against Kansas on Sept. 2, was in the fourth game of the season. Her only other career goal came in the fourth game of last season.
- The Bears were 2-0-0 against SEC teams this season. Both victories came on the road (2-1 win at Vanderbilt, 8/28; 2-0 win at Arkansas, 9/6), the first road win at an SEC school since 1999 (5-0 at Mississippi State).
- Rachel Weimer began the season with a three-game point streak (2 G, 1 A). It was the second-straight season she has tallied at least one point in each of the first three matches. Part of that streak was her goal against UALR, the third-straight season she had scored against the Trojans.