Missouri State’s men’s soccer team put on an offensive clinic in their win over Kansas City and currently sit atop the Missouri Valley Conference table with an overall record of 10-1 and 5-0 in MVC play.
Kansas City was the first to score in the 14th minute in the first half on a goal from Hugo Von Reis.
After facing an early deficit, the Bears were able to tie the game as sophomore forward Jesus Barea kicked the ball in the back of the net in the 32nd minute on an assist from junior forward Jon Koka.
Going into the second half Missouri State was all gas and no breaks, scoring four of their five goals to win 5-1.
“We gave up an early goal, but the team responded, made it level at halftime and really just came out and dominated in the second half,” head coach Jon Leamy said in a Missouri State press release.
The Bears scored back-to-back goals in the 56th minute 30 seconds apart from each other. The first came from senior defender Greg Stratton on an assist from junior midfielder Kian Yari. The second came from Yari on a penalty kick.
Freshman forward Ryan Leonard scored the first goal of his career at Missouri State in the 61st minute of the second half. The Bears’ final goal of the game came in the 66th minute from sophomore forward Simon Pederson on an assist from senior midfielder Nicolas Torres.
“It was a great team effort,” Leamy said. “Lots of players played and it was a total effort from the team with a fantastic result. Now we’re back into conference play.”
With the victory, the Bears remain undefeated at home (8-0).
The Bears will host SIU Edwardsville Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. to close out a three-game home slate.
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