Missouri State Bears Soccer Tournament Report

Missouri State Bears host Cleveland State VikingsMissouri State Bears – 0
Cleveland State Vikings – 2
I have to admit, this was a tough one folks. The first 30 minutes were a treat, watching the Bears play a nice possession game with a lineup that included 3 freshman, including local favorite Heath Melugin (Kickapoo). A fluke goal in the 20th minute that took a crazy deflection off a defender, and a second half that featured more lineup configurations then I could track, left me wanting a lot more. Statistically, the game was very balanced and the CSU website notes that the Vikings feel they finally came out and took advantage of the opportunities presented.

While it’s early, inconsistency seems to be the watch word for the coaching staff. Let’s hope the game against Centenary Saturday offers an opportunity to find some rhythm. I’m going to look to the five members of the Class of 2010 to take responsibility.

Drake Bulldogs Shut Out Centenary GentsDrake Bulldogs – 1
Centenary Gents – 0
Drake won its third consecutive shutout victory as Jarrett Webb scored in the 19th minute from a cross by Julien Edwards. The Bulldogs outshot the Gents 22-5 during the game, and of greater concern for the Bears, were consistently getting 5 players into the box. There’s nothing flashy about these boys but they have attracted enough attention to be ranked in the region with their early success.

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And in St Louis…
Army – 1
Missouri State Lady Bears – 0
Army’s Deanna Clegg scored the lone goal in the 51st minute of the second-half. Clegg blasted a shot from the top of the box that hung in the air and curled into the back of the net putting the Black Knights up 1-0 on the scoreboard. Army outshot the Bears 22-10 with a 16-4 advantage in the 2nd half.

The Bears will play St Louis University on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the annual intrastate rivalry.massage dubai