Women’s Soccer Hosts UNI on Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State women’s soccer team returns home this week to host Northern Iowa for a Wednesday afternoon match at 1 p.m.

Missouri State (4-5-4, 1-2-1 MVC) vs Northern Iowa (4-8-1, 1-3 MVC)
Dates Wednesday, Oct. 13 | 1 p.m. (CT)
Location Springfield, Mo.
Site  Allison South Stadium
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Match Details
The Bears will look to continue their winning record at home when they host Northern Iowa on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on either ESPN3 or ESPN+ with Tom Ladd and Jan Stahle on the call.
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Quick Kicks

  • The Bears used a valiant defensive effort to battle Loyola to a scoreless draw in their last match out. Goalkeeper Katherine Montgomery highlighted the MSU effort by recording a career-high 11 saves in 110 minutes of action. The 11 saves were the most by a Missouri State keeper since Kaitlin Maxwell’s 11 on Sept. 9, 2018. With the tie, the Bears were the first team to get a point against Loyola in the MVC standings. It also marked the second-straight season that the programs had battled to a scoreless tie.
  • Montgomery has been impressive protecting the net this season. She has tallied 55 saves in 1,165 minutes of action this season. Montgomery picked up her fifth clean sheet of the season in the draw at Loyola. She ranks third in the MVC and 47th nationally. Her .850 goals-against average ranks second in the MVC and 77th nationally.
  • On Oct. 3, Missouri State was defeated by Valparaiso, 2-1. Anna Durnin put the Bears on the board in the 43rd minute when she headed in a Grace O’Keefe corner-kick.
  • Missouri State routed Southern Illinois, 3-0, in their MVC opener on Sept. 17. Isabel Burke, Kaeli Benedict and O’Keefe all found the back of the net. O’Keefe and Durnin also picked up assists during the win.
  • In her freshman season, O’Keefe has provided an immediate spark for the MSU offense. She currently leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 24th nationally with seven assists. The Overland Park, Kan., native leads the Bears with 11 points and has tallied a goal or assist in eight matches this season.
  • This season, Isabel Burke, Durnin, Sierra Fury, O’Keefe, Kyli Jackson, Montgomery and Carly Raunig have all gone over the 1,000-minute mark. Fury leads MSU with 1,203 minutes on the season.
  • Missouri State newcomers have accounted for 2,818 of the Bears 13,732 minutes this season.
  • Missouri State leads The Valley and ranks 23rd nationally in shot accuracy as the Bears have put 55 percent of their shots on goal.  
  • The Bears rank fifth in the MVC with 14 total assists this season.
  • Head Coach Rob Brewer announced his retirement on Aug.18, 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 223-205-60 record with the Bears.

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. Overall, Missouri State has produced a 223-205-60 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 26 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. Prior to Missouri State, Brewer had head coaching stints at Elon, Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke College. At Roanoke, he coached current Missouri State men’s soccer coach Jon Leamy for four seasons.

Balanced Bears Attack

  • The Missouri State attack has been balanced this season, as 10 Bears have tallied a point and nine Bears have scored goals. Of the Bears’ 40 points this season, 37.5 percent have come from freshmen.

Working Overtime

  • The Bears have gone the full distance without determining a winner four times this season and played in five overtime games. Their four ties are tied for third nationally. The Missouri State record for ties in a season is five, which was accomplished by the 2005 team.

Goals Breakdown

  • Kennady Orlick, Kate Schroeder and O’Keefe are all tied for the team lead with two goals apiece.
  • This season, three of the Bears’ 13 goals have come from players who entered the game off the bench (Kate Schroeder, Maddie Augustine, Jenna Anderson).
  • MSU has tallied nine goals in the first half and four goals in the second half this season.
  • The Bears have yet to score in overtime.

Protecting the Home Turf

  • The Bears are 3-2-1 at home this season. Missouri State has an all-time record of 135-71-24 (.640) at home. The Bears have posted winning records at home in 22 of their 25 campaigns, highlighted by 13-straight winning seasons from 2000-2013.

Know the Foes

  • UNI is 4-8-1 and 1-3 in MVC play this season, with its lone conference win over Illinois State.
  • The Panthers fell to Indiana State, 3-1, in their last match on Oct. 9. Ashley Harrington scored the goal for UNI.
  • Lauren Heinsch and Lily Caso provided the scoring in the 2-1 win over Illinois State on Oct. 3.
  • Overall, UNI has tallied 17 goals while allowing 20 through 13 matches this season. The Panthers are averaging 5.54 corner kicks per contest which ranks second in the MVC and 76th nationally.
  • Heinsch leads the UNI scoring attack as her six goals are tied for the MVC lead. She also leads the Panthers in points with 14.
  • Harrington leads the team with four assists and her three goals are second on the team.
  • UNI has started all three goalkeepers this season. Caitlin Richards is the primary starter, having started nine of 13 matches in goal. Richards has collected 29 saves and allowed 15 goals in 707 minutes of action.
  • Head Coach Bruce Erickson is in his fourth season at the helm. Under his guidance, UNI has posted a 32-31-1 record. His prior head coaching stops include Wayne State (Neb.) for two seasons and Creighton from 1999-2014.

Series History

  • Missouri State leads the all-time series, 22-5-0. Last season, UNI defeated the Bears, 1-0.
  • The Bears are 69-65-25 (.513) all time in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Take A Look Ahead

  • After Wednesday’s match with UNI, the Bears travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to square off against Indiana State on Oct. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.


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