It took exactly one minute for the Missouri State men's soccer Bears to take the lead Wednesday, Oct. 9, against Bradley University, and they would keep that lead for the next 89 minutes to improve to 10-0-0.
Redshirt senior Ian Jones scored to give the Bears the early lead — the first of a three-goal first half by the Bears.
After Bradley had a few quick chances, senior forward Matt Bentley scored to widen MSU's lead to 2-0.
Bentley was the only Bear near the ball, with three Bradley defenders and goalkeeper close by. He managed to kick the ball in from the top left corner of the penalty box.
“The defender and the keeper didn’t know what to do, so I gambled and got a touch to it,” Bentley said. “Then I was one-on-one, the defender went to the ground and I just put it in.”
Bentley was not finished — he scored his second goal of the night and fourth goal in two games in the 31st minute.
The second half was scoreless, but Bradley managed to put four shots on goal. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Michael Creek, who was named Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the week on Tuesday, stopped all of them.
Bears assistant coach Phil Woods, who head Coach Jon Leamy was quick to credit with the majority of the planning for the game tonight, said he was pleased with how the team played.
“I liked everything — everybody was on the same page making decisions together,” Woods said.
The Bears improve to 10-0-0, but the attitude around the team is that of wanting to accomplish more.
“We know we haven’t achieved anything really yet,” Bentley said. “I know we’ve won 10 games, but we still want to keep on going until December. We don’t do that by being undefeated now; we do it by being undefeated come December.”
The Bears play next at home against Drake on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m.