Sept. 1, 2015
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri State senior Alix Opfer and freshman Masen Stamp earned Missouri Valley Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, the league office announced on Tuesday (Sept. 1). The awards are the first for both players and the initial honors bestowed upon MSU soccer players this season.
Opfer has accounted for all of the Missouri State scoring early in the 2015 campaign and scored both goals in the Bears' 2-1 home-opening victory over UMKC last Friday. She has a league-best tying four goals, tops all Valley players in goals per game (1.33), points per game (2.67) and is the only player with two game-winning goals. The start to her senior season has been nothing short of record-setting as she is the first player in program history to score the first four goals of a season. Opfer joined former Bear Mary Litvan (2000) as the only players in program history to two multi-goal games in the first three matches of a season.
Stamp has been a force for the Bears early in her freshman campaign. After getting a starting nod in each of the first two road matches, she was a spark off the bench in Friday's home-opening win over UMKC. She picked up an assist on each of the Bears' goals in the 2-1 victory, both coming less than a minute after entering off the bench. Her defensive prowess was on display in the 40th minute when she saved the ball off the line after a shot attempt got past the MSU goalkeeper. Her save preserved a 1-0 lead that the Bears took into halftime.
Missouri State (2-1-0) continues the longest home stand of the season on Friday (Sept. 4) at 7:00 p.m. when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-0-0) come to Springfield. MSU hosts Oral Roberts on Sept. 9 to conclude the home stand with a 7:00 p.m. tilt.