The Missouri State men’s soccer team waited until the 106th minute to score the first goal of the game against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Senior defenseman Ben Stroud scored off a free kick by sophomore midfielder Jack Denton in double overtime to improve the No. 17 Bears’ record to 8-0-0.

“I had a guy on me, but he lost me and I sprinted towards the goal,” Stroud said. “I was hoping I was going to get in on the end of it, and it hit my thigh and went in the back of the net.”

The evening was also “Nick at Night”, an event to celebrate Nick Heun, a 10-year-old boy with an immune disorder that has joined the Bears through Team Impact.

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The game was a defensive battle — the teams took a combined nine shots through 106 minutes of play.

The defensive play led to a physical tone — 33 fouls were assessed. Senior forward Ian Jones managed to draw four yellow cards on Omaha, including the one that created the free kick Stroud scored on.

Bears head coach Jon Leamy said he was pleased with the team’s play.

“The game was a dog fight,” Leamy said. “As the game went on, we got stronger. We really had to battle, but the guys just kept on it.”

Stroud’s goal was his third in the past two games. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference defensive player of the week on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t be getting any recognition if not for the boys around me,” Stroud said. “These have been my first three regular season goals in my career — hopefully we don’t stop.”

The Bears play Saturday, Oct. 5, at Evansville.

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