Bears Kick Off Regular Season with Pair of Home Matches This Weekend

Bears Kick Off Regular Season with Pair of Home Matches This Weekend

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Aug. 16, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State women's soccer program will kick off its 17th regular season on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. match versus Arkansas-Little Rock at Plaster Field. The match is the first of a two-game weekend home stand which wraps up on Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start against North Texas.

"We are excited to get the season underway," said head coach Rob Brewer. "It is nice to be opening at home this season. It is a familiar setting and that should be beneficial for us. We hope to continue playing well at Plaster Field."

Since the inception of the program in 1996, the Bears are 10-5-1 in regular season home openers and 9-7-0 overall in season openers. The Bears opened the season at UALR last season and are looking to avenge the only loss in the series history. MSU had won 12-straight matches against the Trojans before last season's setback.

Rachel Weimer has enjoyed playing UALR early in the season as she has scored a goal in each matchup over the last three seasons. In fact, half of her career goals have been scored against the Trojans.

North Texas visits Springfield for just the second time ever on Sunday. The Bears shut out UNT 1-0 in the only other meeting in Springfield on Sept. 12, 2004. The Bears are also looking to avenge the only loss in series history against North Texas as UNT knocked off the Bears in Denton, 2-1, in 2010.

Missouri State is led by five seniors this season: Kelly Caldwell, Grace Cross, Michelle Sommer, Chelsea Voet and Nia Williams. Cross and Williams, along with sophomore Kelsey Fouch, were named to the preseason All-MVC squad yesterday.

Following this weekend's matches, Missouri State will play at Arkansas on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before returning to Plaster Field to play Nebraska-Omaha next Friday (Aug. 24) at 6:00 p.m. MSU will begin the season with five games in nine days.

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