Aug. 21, 2011
The Missouri State men's soccer team got two late first half goals to beat Columbia College in the exhibition finale at Plaster Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bears end the exhibition week at 2-0-1.
"The team battled and put in a good effort today," said head coach Jon Leamy. "It was nice to break out and find the back of the net. We played every player that was fit to do so. The team played lot of minutes this week in preparation for the season opener on Saturday."
After starting mostly newcomers, the Bears got on the scoreboard first in the 40th minute. Sophomore Dan Williams lofted a Bears' corner kick to the back post where senior Gerard Barbero put a header into the net for a 1-0 Missouri State lead.
Just three minutes later, the Bears doubled the lead. Freshman Emmerich Hoegg picked off a Columbia back pass and deked the Cougars' goalkeeper for an easy tap-in goal.
Trevor Spangenberg got the start in net for the Bears, but was virtually untested, having to make just one save in the first half. Nikolas Markos entered and played the second half for the Bears. He made three saves.
Danny Frid and Hoegg each tallied two shots to lead the Bears. Missouri State and Columbia each had nine shots in the match.
Missouri State opens the regular season against Belmont at Plaster Field on Saturday, August 27. The Bears and Bruins kick off at 7:00 p.m.