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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A lightning delay in the 74th
minute, plus an abundance of continual rain in the forecast, resulted in a scoreless draw between Missouri State (0-1-1) and UMKC (0-1-2) on Wednesday (Aug. 24).
"We came out with a lot of energy and started off well," commented head coach Rob Brewer
. "We didn't turn our possessions into shots and that will be something we continue to work at."
Reigning Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, Evan Stamp
, collected five saves on the night, just one shy of her career high that she recorded at Texas Tech on Sunday (Aug. 21). UMKC's Lexie Howard produced three of the Roos' five shots on the goal. Stamp's sister, Masen Stamp
, was one of many that contributed to MSU's defensive efforts.
"One of UMKC's players had a one-on-one look with Evan but Masen was able to catch up and the three of them seemed to meet in the box," Brewer described. "Evan was able to jump out and make the save with the help of her sister."
On Friday (Aug. 26), Missouri State women's soccer will be featured in the first soccer production of The Valley On ESPN3
at Allison South Stadium when the Bears host Little Rock at 6 p.m. in the 2016 home opener.
"Finally getting the opportunity to play at Allison South will be a lift for the team," said Brewer. "They have been road warriors so far this season and have battled. It will be nice for them to be rewarded with a home game."
The Bears hold the series over the Trojans, 14-3-0. The 14 victories versus Little Rock are the most wins against a non-conference opponent in program history. MSU snapped a mini two-match skid against Little Rock with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Arkansas last season.
"Little Rock has been a good team the last couple of years," commented Brewer. "Our victory at their place last season helped move our season along and I think that they will come ready to play on Friday."
Admission for the match is free for MSU students with a valid I.D. and children ages 13 and under. Admission for MSU faculty and staff is $2 and tickets for all other adults are $5. The first 400 fans through the gate will receive a team poster and are encouraged to stay for a post-match poster signing.