At Bambinos, we’re all about celebrating our role in Springfield’s vibrant college community. With the new school year underway, that means cheering on our college sports teams as they kick off their seasons. This week, we’re highlighting two of Missouri State’s standout teams: the MSU men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Already a fan? Make sure to head to the Betty and Bobby Allison Stadium on August 29th: The MSU men’s soccer team kicks off the season with a home opener at 7 p.m. Read on to learn three things you might not know about Missouri State Soccer.
The Men’s Team is Already Performing Well
The men’s preseason Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) poll was announced last week, and with it came big news for Missouri State. For the second year in a row, the MSU men’s soccer team was selected as the frontrunner for the upcoming soccer season. Is it because we cater so many of their pregame meals and they love our catering in Springfield Missouri? It worked for Harry Higgs winning the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
The MSU men’s soccer team certainly celebrated an impressive season last year. They finished their 2018 campaign with a 9-2-6 overall record and reached the conference semifinal game. But this year promises to be even more exciting. For the 2019 season, the Bears are returning 11 players who saw action in 13 or more games last season.
Reigning MVC goal leader, Josh Dolling, leads the Bears’ attack after scoring 10 goals and three assists in his sophomore season. Seniors Kyle Hiebert and Ben Stroud also return, anchoring the Bears’ back line that led the league in fewest goals allowed last season.
“Our team is excited to get the season under way and compete in such a competitive conference,” head coach Jon Leamy said in a press release. “We are working hard in practice to accomplish our goals and, hopefully, by the end of the season we will fulfill our expectations.” The men’s season goes through mid-November, and you can check out home game schedules on the team’s website.
The Women’s Coach Has Been With the Team for Decades
Players may graduate, but Women’s Soccer Head Coach Rob Brewer is forever. Coach Brewer has presided over the Missouri State women’s soccer program since its inception in 1996. The team has enjoyed a 190-179-50 record during Brewer’s tenure.
Brewer also coached the first player in program history to be drafted: Nia Williams, a fourth-round pick (27th overall) in the inaugural NWSL draft by FC Kansas City in 2012. Fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer on the women’s team: The first women’s home game is on September 6, during which MSU returns eight starters, including Goalkeeper of the Year Kaitlin Maxwell and All-MVC first team selection Brittney Robinson.
The First Home Game is Thursday August 29th
Ready to cheer on the Soccer Bears? The Missouri State men’s soccer team opens up their regular season at home with a match against Kansas City on August 29th. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium. Make sure to arrive early: MSU men’s basketball will hold a meet and greet with snacks and games for fans during the pregame period. We’ll be there in our maroon to cheer on the Bears.
Don’t forget to head over to Missouri State to cheer on the Soccer Bears this season. For all of the latest information and in game updates on the Missouri State men’s soccer team, visit MissouriStateBears.com or follow @MSUBearsMSoccer on Twitter and Instagram. Hungry before the big game? Our Delmar location is located just south of campus. Coaching a gaggle of future Soccer Bears? Give us a call to ask about catering a pre-game meal for your sports team. Check out our full menu online for more information!