Sept. 25, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State men’s soccer team (3-2-2) hasn’t played in the newly constructed Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium in three weeks. On Saturday, the Bears return home to face an Air Force Academy (4-0-3) side that has yet to lose a game and is one position outside of being ranked in the latest top-25 poll.
While on the road, Missouri State earned a share of the title in the SMU Invitational and a Missouri Valley Conference win, before dropping a tough match to ranked UAB. Air Force, a team that ranks in the top-4 in the nation in both save percentage (0.940) and saves per game (6.71), only allows 0.39 goals per game, the seventh best in Division I. Both Missouri State and Air Force have recorded four shutouts on the season, which is tied for 12th in the nation. After facing a potent UAB offense, defense appears to be the theme of Saturday’s matchup.
The Bears lead the all-time series with the Falcons five games to one. Missouri State has won the last four, but the two haven’t played since 2006. In the two teams’ first matchup in 1997, Air Force entered with an 8-0 record, before MSU upended them, 2-0. This year’s 4-0-3 record is the best start to a Falcon’s season since that 1997 team.
The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live courtesy of Bears All-Access at the link above.