The Missouri State women’s soccer team faced off against Drake on Thursday, Oct, 25, in their final regular season game of the year. The Bears lost 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion as Drake’s Alyssa Brand netted the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute.
While the Bears added the eighth loss to their record, head coach Rob Brewer believes that some positives can be taken away from the game.
“There was great defending by both sides — chances were few and far inbetween,” Brewer said. “Now we’re at a point where we need to win to stay alive. We’ve got a great group of seniors who want to keep competing.”
The loss against Drake meant the Bears ended their regular season with a record of 8-8-2, going 2-3-2 against conference opponents. Their efforts throughout the season earned Missouri State the fifth seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Missouri State is at the win-or-go-home stage in their season entering MVC tournament play, and the first matchup comes against the Illinois State Redbirds.
The Redbirds ended their regular season with a 4-2 record against MVC opponents, earning them the fourth seed.
The Bears and Redbirds clashed already this season on Sept. 22 when the Bears took a 2-1 loss. The Bears battled close once again with the Redbirds but fell 1-0 on the road. The lone goal of the game was scored by ISU’s Abby Basler in the 75th minute. Both teams were at a disadvantage with 25 mph winds, resulting in trouble finishing chances.
“Our team played very well,” Brewer said. “Conditions were difficult, but we played through it, and once again, we were unable to finish some excellent opportunities.”
While this first-round exit marked the end of the season, Brewer and his returning players will now look forward to developing throughout off-season and their upcoming spring matches.
“I am encouraged by the effort and toughness we brought to the game,” Brewer said. “I hope that we can continue to improve this spring and have a chance to compete for a championship next fall.”