The Missouri State Bears will host the Creighton Blue Jays at Plaster Stadium on Wednesday October 4th. Mediacom is working to determine if they will be able to broadcast the game which ranks as the most important regular season game the local heros will play this season. Conference rivals, one of two Missouri Valley Conference teams to make the NCAA Tournament last year (along with Bradley) and the regional standard by which the Bears must measure themselves.
So I’m going to track the progress of both teams in the weeks leading up to the match.
This past weekend Creighton took part in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at the University of Notre Dame. Going into the weekend ranked #8 in the National Soccer Coaches poll, on Friday they faced #12 Indiana. Indiana won the game, 1-0, when Brian Ackley scored on a header from a corner kick in the 108th minute. Indiana dominated on the scoreboard, as they out-shot Creighton 22-6 in the game and held a 16-2 advantage in corner kicks.
That game was followed by a 1-4 loss to #15 Notre Dame on Sunday. The Blue Jays went up 1-0 in the 2nd minute on a Notre Dame own goal. The Fightin’ Irish tied the game in the 14th minute and took the lead in the 18th minute. The updated polls will come out September 5th.
Missouri State faced off against Oral Roberts University at home on Friday, finishing tied 0-0 after two extra time periods. On Sunday in KC, they beat UMKC 2-1, playing a man down for the final 60 minutes after goalkeeper Lance Parker was sent off for a handball outside the box when he stopped a breakaway. Freshman Alex Riggs came on to get his first college win as the Bears got two goals before giving up one late one (oh oh).
The Missouri Valley Conference website recognized Justin Douglass for his defensive efforts this weekend
Douglass anchored an MSU defense that went nearly 200 minutes without allowing a goal in the Bears’ two season-opening matches. The Bears held Oral Roberts scoreless for 110 minutes in a 0-0 double overtime tie in the season opener on Friday. In the Bears’ 2-1 victory over UMKC on Sunday, the Bears played a man down for nearly 60 minutes before surrendering a goal with six seconds left in the match.
On a related note, Drake University defeated UMKC 3-0 on Friday and then knocked off Oral Roberts by the same score on Sunday. That game was played in the rain and Drake got their first goal in the 46th minute before going onto the 3-0 shutout win. Bradley won their Bradley Classic tournament last weekend by beating St. Francis (PA) 3-0 and then tying Duquesne 1-1.