Women’s soccer currently stands at 3-1-1 through five games.
The team opened the season with a 2-1 loss at Western Illinois when the Leathernecks scored two unanswered goals to win after Bears senior forward Ashley Coonfield scored the first goal.
The Bears played Central Arkansas and Arkansas-Little Rock on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, winning both games. Senior defender Brittney Robinson scored late in the second half against Central Arkansas to secure a 3-2 win. The late-game go-ahead goals continued against Arkansas-Little Rock when junior forward Jordan Eickelman scored with eight minutes to go.
The Bears had their home opener on Sept. 6 — a gritty, physical affair against UMKC that ended with a scoreless tie after double overtime.
The Bears beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 1-0 on Sept. 8.
Scoring has been spread out among the Bears. Six players each have at least one goal so far.
Redshirt sophomore forward Anna Durnin is the current shot leader on the team, with six shots in five games.
Bears head coach Rob Brewer said after the game against UMKC shooting is something the team needs to improve on.
“In the two games that we did not win, we — as a group — made a tactical error, that we didn’t get to the end line enough,” Brewer said. “We’re going to keep working on it.”
That seems to be a large part of the season — the Bears have been outshot 54-39 by opposing teams so far. Brewer said that may be more of an offensive problem than a defensive one.
Junior goalkeeper Kaitlin Maxwell has played in net for the Bears every game this season, posting a .821 save percentage through four games. She made 12 saves to shutout UMKC on Sept. 6.
“I’m feeling really good,” Maxwell said about the season after the game against UMKC. “Our defense has been solid. Even if we’ve conceded a few, I think we’re moving forward.”
The Bears begin a three-game homestand on Friday, Sept. 13. They will play Tulsa, Murray State and St. Louis in six days before going to Nebraska to play University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sept. 21.
Brewer said he is planning to try to keep the attitude from the tie against UMKC going into the rest of the season.
“I think taking care of yourself and being healthy, and competing like that is what we will focus on going forward,” Brewer said.