SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State men’s soccer team begins Missouri Valley Conference play on Saturday night when the Bears round out their eight-game home stand against Evansville at 7 p.m.
|Missouri State Bears (4-1-2) vs. Evansville (3-1-2)|
|Date||Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.|
|Site||Allison South Stadium|
|Promotions||Nick at Night, Family Weekend|
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The Bears (4-1-2) will host Evansville (3-1-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Allison South Stadium on Family Weekend. For all the latest information and in-game updates on the Missouri State men’s soccer team, visit MissouriStateBears.com or follow @MSUBearsMSoccer on Twitter and Instagram.
Saturday night’s match is the team’s annual Nick at Night fundraiser. Fans are encouraged to come out to support MSU men’s soccer’s 12th man, Nick Heun, on his journey! Wristbands will be available for purchase along with other donating opportunities.
• The Bears’ defense is off to a dominant start this season. Their five shutouts are tied with four teams for second in the nation (.714). MSU is tied for ninth in the country in team goals against average (.571) and is outscoring its foes, 16-4.
• Ten of MSU’s 16 goals this season have come in the second half. The Bears have gone 4-0 in those matches.
• The seven goals against CSUN are tied with six other teams for sixth in the nation for most goals scored in a match this season
• From 2019-present MSU has only lost 3 matches on its home turf at Allison South Stadium sporting a 30-3-3 record at home (.886).
• Since the start of the 2019 season, Missouri State is 42-0-0 (1.000) when it scores two or more goals. The team’s most recent two-plus, goal game was on Sat., Sept. 16, when the Bears scored seven against CSUN.
• Harry Townsend has recorded five clean sheets so far this year and is tied for first in the nation in shutout percentage (.713).The junior goalie has registered 15 saves through seven matches (.789). Townsend has also only allowed four goals this season and is tied for 12th in the nation in goals against average (.571).
• MSU is tied for 29th in the nation in scoring offense with 16 goals, averaging 2.29 per match.
• The Bears’ two ties this season are the most matches they’ve drawn since the 2018 season when the team recorded six.
• Since the start of the 2019 season, the Bears have only lost three regular-season matches over 47 games (46-3-2).
• The Bears lead the MVC in points (48), goals (16), shots (114) and goals allowed (4). The team is also second in the conference for assists (16).
• The Bears have eight different goal scorers through six games this season. Last year, MSU spread the wealth as well and finished the season with 16 different Bears finding the back of the net at least once.
• Jesus Barea leads the Bears’ scoring efforts this season with four goals. He scored two in MSU’s 7-0 win over CSUN on Sept. 16.
• Four of MSU’s five goal scorers have at least two goals each.
• The Bears lead the MVC with 16 goals this season. Evansville is second in the conference with 10.
• MSU has allowed the fewest goals so far this season in the Missouri Valley Conference, only conceding one through its first six matches (.167).
Take a Look Ahead
MSU hits the road for the first time this season when the Bears head to Bradley on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.