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August 20, 2013

Missouri State blanks RiverHawks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The No. 14-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team was defeated by Missouri State University 3-0 Monday night at Plaster Field in the first of three exhibition contests.

The Division I Bears, who were coming off a 1-1 road draw with the nation’s No. 14-ranked D-I program (University of Tulsa), scored once in the first half and added two insurance markers in the second half to secure the victory.

“This is the best MSU team I’ve seen since I’ve been at NSU,” coach Rob Czlonka said. “They were definitely a quality side. It was easy to see how they tied a nationally-ranked Tulsa team.”

James Fawke put home the game-winner in the 10th minute. Jack Wood scored in the 62nd minute and James Thomas registered a third tally in the 80th.

NSU was outshot 13-3, and the three shots from the visitors came from junior defender Eric Crawford, sophomore midfielder Crosby Lee and freshman forward Roberto Soares.

“This is the type of game we needed to get us ready for the season,” Czlonka said. “There were some glimpses of greatness in there. Missouri State showed us why it’s important to show up from Day One with your fitness test under your belt.”

The RiverHawks used 16 different players in the preseason opener, with four members of the squad playing the full 90.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Jackson Biles went the entire match in net and finished with seven saves. Addison Watson and Trevor Spangenberg split 45 minutes each in net for the home side.

MSU attempted nine corners, while the visiting RiverHawks did not attempt a corner.

“We had some attacking efforts, but we weren’t able to capitalize because our legs were a bit heavy after our rigorous preseason training,” Czlonka said. “Terence Smith was fantastic. Roberto showed some glimpses of what he is capable of. We also had a few other guys play well.”

Northeastern State will play its second Division I opponent August 23, when the team travels to Tulsa, Okla., to face Oral Roberts University.

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