Soccer Bears Return Home For Non-Conference Action

September 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State men's soccer team (5-0-3, 1-0-1 MVC) puts their undefeated streak on the line as they return home to face Western Illinois match up on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Missouri State vs. Western Illinois
Dates  Tuesday, Oct. 2
Location Springfield, Mo.
Site  Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium
Tuesday, Oct. 2 Missouri State vs. Western Illinois
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Know the Bears
  • The Bears are one of nine undefeated teams in the nation though eight matches, marking the best start for the program since 2012.
  • MSU also leads the MVC in won-lost-tied percentage and is in the top-10 in the country in the category.
  • MSU has scored 16 goals in eight matches this season, beating the goal total from a season ago. Missouri State ranks in the top 15 in the nation in scoring offense with 2.00 goals per game.
  • The Bears pace the MVC in scoring offense, finding the back of the net 16 times.
  • Josh Dolling ranks among the best nationally; in game-winning goals (4), goals per game (1.00), penalty kicks (1.00) and in total goals (8).
  • Eight different athletes have scored goals for the Bears this season, led by Dolling (8).
  • The Bears defense sits atop the MVC as they've held opponents to just seven goals through eight matches and a .790 goals-against-average.
  • Michael Creek has been solid in goal holding up two shutouts and recording 27 saves so far in his rookie season.
  • In the first edition of the NCAA RPI report (Sept. 23) for the 2018 season the Bears checked in at No. 68, joining three other MVC schools.
  • In the United Soccer Coaches West Region poll the Bears moved up to 4th, while receiving 10 votes in the national poll (Sept. 25).
The Opponent
Western Illinois Leathernecks
  • Western Illinois have started the 2018 season with a 2-5-3 record. 
  • In 2018 Western Illinois has faces two other MVC opponents Valpo and Drake.
  • WIU has recorded six goals through 10 matches, while they have given up 16 goals to opponents.
Series History
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Missouri State holds an 12-5-2 overall record against Western Illinois. The two squads haven't meet since Sept., 15, 2013 with the final match going the Bears way 2-1 in overtime. Missouri State holds a 5-3-1 record in Springfield against the Leathernecks.

Final Details
Tuesday's match against Western Illinois is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium with live stats available and a live stream on ESPN+. The Missouri State baseball team will be at the match for a pre-game meet and greet. Free pizza and water will be available. For all of the latest information and in game updates on the Missouri State men's soccer team, visit or follow @MSUBearsMSoccer on Twitter and Instagram.
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