The Missouri State women's soccer team travels to Stillwater, Okla., to take on No. 17 Oklahoma State in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. The post-season matchup is scheduled to begin at approximately 12 p.m.
Missouri State Quick Kicks
- Highlighted by Mary Disidore and Brooke Zimmerman, seven Bears picked up postseason honors from the Missouri Valley Conference. Disidore and Zimmerman represented Missouri State on the All-MVC First Team, sophomore Brittney Robinson took home second team honors, and Ashley Coonfield, Lexi Palacio and Brooke Prondzinski earned honorable mention nods. Palacio also received All-Freshman Team recognition, along with fellow newcomer Jacqueline Baetz.
- Though she has assumed a defensive role on the Missouri State squad this season, senior Brooke Zimmerman sits third in the MSU record books with eight career, game-winning goals.
- Racking up three assist this season, senior Rachel Catrell has tallied 12 assists over the course of her career as a Bear and ties for sixth in the Bears' career-assists category.
- The Bears, who finished second in the MVC during the regular season, clinched the league's automatic bid thanks to a stellar run in the 2017 MVC Championship last weekend. The Bears redeemed themselves with a 1-0 win over Loyola and took the title home with a 1-0 victory against the UNI Panthers.
- Missouri State's only other tournament appearance dates back to 2000, where the team fell in a 2-0 decision at Arizona State. The 2000 team accumulated a 12-11-1 overall record and entered the first round on a three-match winning streak.
- At the MVC Championship, senior standout Brooke Zimmerman was named the tournament MVP while Mary Disidore, Brooke Prondzinski and Brittney Robinson earned All-Tournament Team laurels.
- Starting goalkeeper Lexi Palacio and the Missouri State defense have posted five shutouts in their last six matches, giving up just one goal to Evansville. Palacio recorded a career-high 11 saves against Drake on Oct. 17 and maintains a 1.00 goals against average with 55 saves on the season.
- Recording the game-winner in the MVC Championship title match, Brooke Prondzinski leads the Bears with six goals and 13 points this season. Three of her goals have been game-winners and she boasts a .520 shots on goal percentage.
- Host Oklahoma State is 16-3-2 on the season and boasted a near-perfect 8-1 record in Big 12 action. The Cowgirls' only losses came at the hands of nationally ranked California and West Virginia, along with Baylor.
- OSU has registered 43 goals this season, while limiting opponents to just 17. Ranked 17th in the nation by United Soccer Coaches, Oklahoma State has tallied 121 points and four Cowgirls have recorded 11 or more points apiece.
- Haley Woodard leads the Cowgirls with 8 goals this season while Anna Beffer paces OSU with an impressive 12 assists and 20 points. OSU has registered 371 shots this season and average 201 goals per game.
- Defensively, goalkeeper Michela Ongaro has been a stronghold for the Cowgirls as she has registered 75 saves this season. She maintains a 14-3-2 overall record that includes five solo shutouts and a miniscule 0.87 goals against average.
- Leading the Cowgirls to nine NCAA appearances, head coach Colin Carmichael is in the midst of his 13th season at the helm for OSU.
The Bears are 2-5 all-time against Oklahoma State, meeting last in the 2013 season. Missouri State dropped a 3-1 decision at OSU, where Molly Huber stepped up and drilled a penalty kick past OSU's keeper for the Bears' only goal. Missouri State's last victory was on Sept. 8, 1999 when the Bears claimed the contest 4-0 at home. The Bears are 0-4 when playing at OSU.
Kickoff at Cowgirl Soccer Complex is slated for 12 p.m. Tickets for Saturday's match are available through the OSU Athletics Ticket Office where general admission tickets are $10 and youth tickets are $5. For all the latest information on the Missouri State women's soccer team, visit missouristatebears.com
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