With that, the soccer Bears’ season has come to an end.
The Missouri State men’s soccer Bears fell to the No. 8 Central Florida Knights 2-1 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Bears scored first — sophomore forward Aadne Bruseth found the back of the net in the third minute after senior forward Matt Bentley forced UCF’s goalkeeper into a turnover.
UCF equalized quickly — Yoni Sorokin scored in the 27th minute to tie things up.
That is when the Michael Creek show started. The senior goalkeeper and Missouri Valley Conference keeper of the year stopped 16 shots in the match, many of them diving or leaping to get to the ball.
UCF began to dominate play around the midpoint of the second half. They pinned the Bears in their own defensive third for several minutes at a time more than once. Each time a Bears defender or Creek was there to breakup the UCF chances.
The Bears put pressure on UCF for the final five minutes, including a shot by sophomore midfielder Jack Denton that UCF goalkeeper Yannik Oettl barely got a hand on to keep it from going in.
UCF scored quickly once overtime began. Just 42 seconds in, UCF forward Cal Jennings scored his 17th goal of the year to end it.
The Bears end the season with a record of 18-1-1, the best record in program history. They had the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I play since 2011.