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UALR returns home to debut the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Trojans Drop Season Opener at Missouri State; Debuts Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex Sunday
UALR Sports Information
Release: 08/17/2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State (1-0) scored two first half goals before putting three on the board in a six-minute span in the second period to top UALR (0-1) by a 5-0 score at the Plaster Sports Complex on Friday. UALR will look to rebound when it returns to Little Rock to debut the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex against Austin Peay on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Missouri State was stellar on offense throughout the match. The Bears finished the game with a 19-1 edge in total shots, including 12-1 in shots on goal. MSU also racked up four corner kicks to the Trojans' one in the match.

Junior Ashley Barksdale put up the lone shot for the Trojans. Freshman Shantel Wittke played the bulk of the minutes at goalkeeper, logging 71 minutes before being relieved by junior Natalie Marsh. Wittke ended the game with four saves, while Marsh made three stops.

The Bears took an early lead at the 5:20 mark of the first half, as Nikki Kerrigan served up a corner kick that was redirected by Erin Stewart past Wittke to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.

MSU continued to keep the UALR defense on its heels, racking up five shots, including two on frame, over the next 15 minutes of play. The persistence paid off, as the Bears capitalized again on another corner kick at the 21:49 mark. This time, Michelle Sommer finished off a corner feed from Nia Williams to give the Bears a two-goal cushion just over midway through the opening stanza.

Missouri State controlled the opening frame, finishing the period with a 2-0 lead and advantages in every offensive category, including shots (8-0), shots on goal (5-0) and corners (3-0). Sommer led the attack with four shots, all on frame, to go along with her score in the 22nd minute.

The second half was more of the same, as the Bears continued to control the game on offense, putting up five shots before registering two goals in the 70th and 71st minutes. Rachel Weimer tallied the first MSU score of the half, connecting on a feed from Erin Stewart to make it a 3-0 contest. Shelby Stewart connected on a cross from Jessica Roberts to make it 4-0 less than a minute later.

After Wittke was pulled for Marsh, Lauren Fussell brought the match to its final tally with a score at the 75:07 mark, compliments of a Kayla Seabaugh assist.

UALR will look to bounce back on Sunday at 1 p.m. when it debuts the new Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex against Austin Peay.

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