Women’s Soccer Opens Season with Visit to Murray State

SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State women’s soccer team will begin its 26th season when it faces Murray State on Thursday, August 19 at 3 p.m. (Central) at Cutchin field in Murray, Ky.

Missouri State Bears (0-0-0) vs. Murray State Racers (0-0-0) 
Date  Thursday, August 19 | 3 p.m. (CT) 
Location  Murray, Ky. 
Site   Cutchin Field  
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Match Details
The Bears will begin their 26th season in program history when they kick off against Murray State in Murray, Ky., at 3 p.m. The match will also be streamed on ESPN+ | Watch.
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Quick Kicks 

  • Missouri State finished the COVID-altered 2020-21 campaign with a 4-7-2 mark while going 2-4-1 in MVC play.  
  • Senior Jacqueline Baetz (M, St. Louis, Mo.) was selected to the preseason All-MVC  first-team while Anna Durnin (Sr., M/F, Wentzville, Mo.), Isabel Burke (Sr., D, St. Louis, Mo.) and Kennady Orlick (Sr., M/F, Raymore, Mo.) all collected honorable mention preseason honors, the league announced Tuesday. The Bears four selections tied Loyola for the most representatives on the All-MVC teams.  
  • Baetz led MSU in scoring last season, tallying six points on two goals and two assists. Baetz has been a consistent contributor throughout her MSU career making 47 career starts and totaling 4,187 on the pitch. 
  • Durnin recorded three points in her 10 starts last year. She played a key role in the Bears win at Drake last season when she assisted Sierra Fury’s game winning goal in the 54th minute. 
  • Burke made an immediate impact during her first season with the Bears as the Saint Louis transfer tied for the team lead in goals (2) and led MSU in shots on goal (10). The senior defender made 13 starts and played the second most minutes on the team in 2020-21. 
  • Orlick had her 2020-21 season shortened due to injury, recording one goal and four shots on goal in just 152 minutes of action. The Raymore, Mo., product scored four-game winning goals in 2018 on her way to earning MVC All-Freshman honors. 
  • In the recent MVC preseason coaches’ poll Missouri State was picked fifth in the nine-team league garnering 38 points. Loyola was voted the preseason favorite for the fourth straight year. Illinois State came in second, Indiana State came in third and Valparaiso was picked fourth. 
  • The Bears return 17 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s squad. The senior trio of Baetz, Durnin and Burke highlight the MSU returnees as each garnered All-MVC laurels the previous season. 
  • In a season with many uncertainties and inconsistencies due to COVID-19 Kyli Jackson (Jr., M/F, Overland Park, Kan.) was a mainstay in the MSU lineup, playing all 1,235 minutes on the season. The Kansan recorded an assist in the 4-1 season-finale win over Southern Illinois.  
  • Katherine Montgomery (So., GK, Geneva, Ill.) is the most experienced goalkeeper returning for MSU. In 2020-21 she made six starts and recorded 29 saves while logging 457 minutes in the box. Her most impressive performance came against eventual conference champion Loyola when she made eight saves to shutout the Ramblers in a scoreless double-overtime draw.  
  • The Bears roster features nine newcomers highlighted by the 2021 Kansas Gatorade player of the year Grace O’Keefe who scored 13 goals and passed for 12 assists in her final high school season while leading St. Thomas Aquinas to the Kansas State Championship.  
  • Missouri State split its two exhibition contests during preseason play. The Bears fell to Creighton in their first exhibition 2-1 with Kyli Jackson providing the goal for MSU off a corner kick from Kate Schroeder. In the exhibition finale the Bears shutout Missouri Southern 2-0. Jacqueline Baetz scored an unassisted goal in 9th minute while Durnin provided insurance in the 17th minute when she scored off a pass from O’Keefe. 
  • The Bears will look to even up their all-time record in season openers as they currently sit at 12-13 (.480). 
  • This will be the third time the Bears have opened the season against Murray State and the second time the opener has been in Murray. 

The Leader of the Bears 

  • Head coach Rob Brewer has presided over the Missouri State women’s soccer program for the entirety of its 26-season history. On August 25, 2017, he picked up his 250th career victory thanks to a 1-0 shutout at Central Arkansas. Overall, Missouri State has produced a 220-200-56 record during Brewer’s tenure. The 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year has produced 109 all-conference selections and 86 academic all-conference honorees. In 22 seasons as a program, his team has reached the MVC Tournament 20 times and has only six losing campaigns. The Bears have reached the NCAA tournament in 2000 and 2017 under Brewer’s guidance.  

Bears from Abroad 

  • The Missouri State women’s soccer features three international players in the freshman class this season. Eyglo Thorsteinsdottir and Eydis Helgadottir are both from Reykjavik, Iceland while Iraia Arrue is from Caracas Venezuela. Thorsteinsdottir and Helgadottir are the second and third Bears in program history from Iceland while Arrue is the first Venezuela. 

Built Some Bears  

  • The Missouri State coaching staff has developed quite a pipeline from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kansas in recent years as four alums are on the roster. Bella Bryson, Carly Raunig, Jackson, and O’Keefe all prepped for the Saints. All-time there has been eight Aquinas graduates to take the pitch for the Bears. 

Know the Foe 

  • Murray State is coming off an impressive 2020-21 campaign which saw the Racers go 9-2 overall and 9-1 in Ohio Valley Conference play.  
  • The Racers were picked second in the OVC preseason poll while garnering four first-place nods. 
  • 2020-21 OVC Defender of the Year Izzy Heckman (Sr. M, Powder Springs, Ga.) returns for the Racers as well as All-OVC first-team forward Chloe Barthouse who scored a league high seven goals last season.  
  • OVC All-Newcomer goalkeeper Jenna Villacres protects the net for Murray State. In 2020-21 the Westerville, Ohio native posted two shutouts and recorded 37 saves.  
  • Matt Lodge is 33-15-1 in his fourth season as head coach of the Racers. Lodge garnered OVC coach of the year honors last season after a runner-up conference finish.   Lodge spent four years as an assistant as Murray State under Jeremy Groves, winning three OVC regular-season championships and making two NCAA tournament appearances. 

Series History 

  • Missouri State is 3-1-0 all-time against Murray State, with the Bears taking the last three contests.  Missouri State took the last contest in 2019, 1-0 at Allison South Stadium. 
  • The Bears hold an all-time record of 18-9-0 (.667) against current Ohio Valley Conference members.  

Take A Look Ahead 

  • After Thursday’s contest at Murray State, the Bears will travel to Kansas City on Sunday to face the Roos. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. 
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