Women’s Soccer Set for Trip to Kansas City

SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State women’s soccer team continues its two-match road swing when it faces Kansas City on Sunday, August 22 at 2 p.m. (CT) at Durwood Soccer Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri State Bears (0-1-0) vs. Kansas City Roos (0-1-0)
Date Sunday, August 22 | 2 p.m. (CT)
Location Kansas City, Mo.
Site  Durwood Soccer Stadium 
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Match Details
The Bears will look to avenge their season-opening loss on Sunday when they kick off against Kansas City at 2 p.m. The match will also be streamed on Kansas City’s Roos All-Access | Watch.
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Quick Kicks

  • In the season opener on Thursday, Murray State defeated the Bears 6-1, in a match that Missouri State was leading at halftime. Freshman Grace O’Keefe wasted no time making her presence known as she scored her first collegiate goal in the 13th minute off an assist from senior Jacqueline Baetz. Senior Sierra Fury (M, Wichita, Kan.) led the Bears in playing time with 70 minutes on the pitch.
  • Head Coach Rob Brewer announced his retirement on Wednesday which will go into effect at the completion of the season. Brewer started the Missouri State program in 1996 and has helped lead the Bears to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2017, in addition to finishing in the top three of the Missouri Valley Conference standings 11 times. Brewer has helped mentor 109 all-conference selections and 82 academic all-conference honorees during his tenure and has compiled a 220-201-56 record with the Bears.
  • Missouri State finished the COVID-altered 2020-21 campaign with a 4-7-2 mark while going 2-4-1 in MVC play. 
  • 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.
  • The Bears roster features nine newcomers highlighted by the 2021 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year 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.

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 220-201-56 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 reached the NCAA tournament in 2000 and 2017 under Brewer’s guidance.

Bears from Abroad

  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team 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

  • Kansas City is coming off a 2020-21 campaign which saw the Roos go 4-12-1 overall and 4-11-1 in Summit League play.
  • Wisconsin (RV) defeated Kansas City in its opener on Thursday, 4-0 at Durwood Soccer Stadium. The Roos started four freshmen in the matchup including keeper Natasha Richardson who recorded five saves in 90 minutes of action.
  • The Roos were picked sixth in the 10-team Summit League preseason poll.
  • Kansas City is led by 2020-21 All-Summit selection Emma Wilson (Sr. D/M, Omaha, Neb.) and graduate transfer Kassi Ginther (Gr. F, Lee Summit, Mo.) who comes to Kansas City after four years at Iowa State. Both Wilson and Ginther were named to the 2021 Summit League players to watch list.
  • Jessica Smith is 4-13-1 in his second season as head coach of the Roos. The Wichita, Kan., native came to Kansas City after assistant coaching stints at Kansas State (2016-17) and Kansas (2011-15).

Series History

  • Missouri State is 7-2-2 all-time against Kansas City.The last meeting between the teams in 2019 ended in a scoreless draw.
  • The Bears hold an all-time record of 28-16-8 (.615) against current Summit League members. 

Take A Look Ahead

  • After Sunday’s contest at Kansas City, the Bears return to Springfield for their home opener against Arkansas State. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. and admission is free for all fans.
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