Missouri State women’s soccer picked up a win Thursday night against Oral Roberts 2-1, improving their overall record to 2-2-1.
The Bears were aggressive from start to finish, attempting seven shots in total.
Though both teams were held scoreless in the first half, the Bears came with even more aggression in the second half, scoring two goals. The game-winning shot came from junior midfielder Maddie Augustine on an assist from senior forward Sierra Fury.
The first goal of the night came from senior forward/midfielder Kennady Orlick in the 48th minute, with an assist from senior forward/midfielder Anna Durnin.
“I think we underestimated (Oral Roberts’) ability at the first half of the game,” Orlick said. “During that halftime, we took a step back and realized what we needed to do, and that was to step up our intensity and get the ball in the back of the net.”
In the 59th minute, Oral Roberts’ Kennedy Langebartels scored a goal, tying the game 1-1.
The Bears continued to fight back, and Augustine secured the victory with her game winner in the 81st minute.
The Bears were down two players, senior forward/midfielder Kate Schroeder and senior midfielder Jacqueline Baetz. Freshman forward Grace O’Keefe has stepped up in their absence.
“I feel like coming here my first year, having to prove myself on a squad with these talented girls.” said O’Keefe, who currently leads the Bears in scoring with 5 points on 1 goal with 3 assists. “It’s hurt us a lot to have Kate and Jacqueline out, so I’ve kind of had to step up.”
“I don’t think we adjusted very well in the first half.” said head coach Rob Brewer, who is in his final season as head coach, after announcing his retirement on Aug. 18. “Second half was better and then we gave up a goal. The girls showed some fight coming out and getting that game winner.”
The Bears will host Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 at Allison South Stadium in Springfield, MO with free admission to all.
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