Bears and Redbirds to Square Off in MVC Tournament Championship Match
Nov. 5, 2011
The Missouri State women's soccer team (12-4-2, 4-1-1) will face the Illinois State Redbirds (12-5-0, 5-1-1) in the championship match of the MVC Tournament on Sunday, November 6. Kickoff at Cooper Family Soccer Plex in Springfield, Mo., is set for 1:06 p.m. This is the 16th consecutive season that Missouri State has made the MVC Tournament and second straight year to reach the finals. The winner of the Missouri State-Illinois State match will receive an automatic berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
BEARS & REDBIRDS - The Bears are 6-11-8 all-time against Illinois State. Earlier this season, MSU knocked off the Redbirds at Plaster Field, 1-0, on Sept. 30. The two teams have met on nine prior occasions in the MVC Tournament, but this will be the first matchup in the finals.
Series History vs. ISU
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Including this season's shutout win, MSU has shutout the Redbirds in five of the last seven matchups. Last season's MVC Tournament semifinal was decided on penalty kicks, where MSU keeper Jessica Teahan made four saves.
IN THE MVC TOURNAMENT - Missouri State is 21-12-5 all-time in the MVC Tournament. The Bears have advanced to the finals five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011), winning the tournament in 2000.
Coach Rob Brewer - Missouri State head coach Rob Brewer (Lynchburg College, 1977) is 153-126-35 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 - Sunday's championship match can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. Check local listings for availability.
QUICK KICKS - Nine of the last 11 MVC Tournament matches that Missouri State has played in have gone to overtime or beyond.
- The Bears' 12 wins this season ties for the second-highest in program history, matching the total set 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, 11-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 last two seasons as the highest conference finish in team history.
- 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 during the regular 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 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 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.
- Senior goalkeeper Jessica Teahan set career highs with 11 wins and 98 saves. She tied her career high with seven shutouts, the most by any Valley goalkeeper.
- Teahan's All-MVC first team award this season marks the seventh consecutive year that an MSU goalkeeper was named to the MVC first team (Teahan - 2011, 2010, 2009; Jackie Jasper - 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005).
- 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.