Mikayla Unger (5) challenges a Loyola player during the game on Wednesday night at Adelaide Field.

If Illinois State soccer (9-7-2, 3-3 MVC) wants to get a shot at having another home game this season, they will have to earn it on the road.

ISU faces Missouri State (7-9-1, 3-2-1 MVC) on Thursday in a road game that wraps up the regular season. The Redbirds, who currently sit in a tie for fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference, are trying to force their way into hosting their opening round match in the MVC tournament on Sunday.

“If we’re going to have to have a play-in game, we want it to be at home,” ISU coach Brad Silvey said after his team’s 3-2 loss in overtime to Drake on Sunday. “We want to be here at Adelaide [Street Field].”

In order to host an opening round match, ISU must finish in either third or fourth place. A win against Missouri State puts the Redbirds in a position to play another game in Normal.

Missouri State has won two of its last three matches while also tying Drake, putting themselves in a position to clinch the three seed in the MVC tournament. Both junior Brooke Prondzinski and senior Mary Disidore, who have four goals each, are the leaders of the Bears’ offense.

“Missouri State is no joke either,” Silvey said. “They just battled Drake to a scoreless tie just this previous week. But nonetheless, we can’t go in there thinking that we’re just going to take care of business and show up and have our spot solidified within the Valley. We have a lot of work to do.”

Thursday’s match starts at 4 p.m.

NICK LANDI is a sports writer and blogger for The Videte. He can be reached by email and found on Twitter @TheDon1033

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