Missouri State Bears Soccer Double-Header Friday

Andrew Turner, Missouri State BearsThe Missouri State Bear’s have a double-header on tap Friday night.

The Lady Bears will lead off at 6:00 pm when they host Nebrask-Omaha. The Maverick’s made the move from D2 and the MIAA two years ago and is in the final year of their transition to D1 and the Summit League. Coached by CBC grad Don Klosterman, a win Friday night would be his, and the program’s, 200th overall to go with one national title (2005 D2).

PHOTO GALLERY – Missouri State at SLU Billikens

The Bears are coming off a 0-1 loss at Arkansas earlier this week that saw them outshot 22-6. The missing link in my opinion is the central midfield and Coach Brewer has been going with a midfield by committee as the freshman class has earned plenty of minutes. They got good news this week however when Adrianne Kalogerou was cleared to play although she didn’t appear in the Arkansas game. The junior has a lot of bite to her and that would help. Otherwise the Bears will need to look at moving Grace Cross back into the middle.

The Missouri State men’s soccer team is set to open its 32nd regular season on Friday (Aug. 24) with a home match against Belmont at 8 p.m. This marks the second straight season that the Bears’ home opener involves the Bruins of Nashville, Tenn.

In 2011, Missouri State dropped a heartbreaker to Belmont, allowing the Bruins back-to-back headers towards net and a game-winning goal with just 17 seconds remaining. Belmont finished their season with an overall record of 7-9-2. Read more here.

PHOTO GALLERY – Missouri State at SIU Edwardsville

The team is coming off a 2-0 win against brand new D2 program Southwest Baptist. More importantly, they lost a week ago at SIU-Edwardsville by a 3-0 score. The most important part of that game was the loss of 2nd string goalkeeper Andrew Riggs to injury, thrusting freshman Addison Watson between the pipes until Riggs can return. With Junior Dan Williams also out, the team is looking for a calming presence in the center of play.

The schedule is not strong enough to support a high RPI, regardless of results, so the team will be focused on Missouri Valley Conference play to chase the elusive NCAA invitation.