The Illinois State University women’s soccer team dropped its second MVC game of the season Saturday when it fell to Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., 1-0. The loss also ended a two-game win streak for the Redbirds in conference play.
Offense was hard to come by in the first half, as both teams recorded a combined three shots, scoring no goals. A few chances late for the ’Birds produced the only shot-on-goal in the half, but the Bears were able to keep ISU from scoring.
Missouri State tallied the lone goal of the game just two minutes into the second half. Cassie Le found Brooke Zimmerman at the top of the box, who then ripped a shot to the back of the net for her second goal of the year.
ISU responded well with good pressure on the Bears, but was unable to capitalize on the momentum it had. Missouri State goalkeeper Jessica Perry made five spectacular saves in the game, diving and reaching high to deflect the ball away.
ISU held the advantage in shots, 11-4, and corner kicks, 8-1. The ’Birds were unable to maximize their opportunities, however.
Hannah Rodgers and ISU scoring leader Lauren Koehl led the way for the Redbird attack with two shots-on-goal each. Missouri State was able to make the most of its opportunities, as the Bears scored on their only shot-on-goal. ISU goalkeeper Vanessa Niestrom didn’t record a save in net.
The loss moves ISU’s record to 5-8-2, including a 2-2 mark in the MVC. The ’Birds return for their final home game next week, where they will face Evansville and celebrate Senior Day at Adelaide Street Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Joe Rodewald is a sophomore sports reporter at the Vidette. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and found on Twitter @joerodewald7.