by Matthew Hevel
Josh Dolling’s goal in the 38th minute proved to be enough as Missouri State men’s soccer held Santa Clara scoreless in their 1-0 road win on Monday, Sept. 2.
The 2018 MVC goal leader picked up where he left off from last season, scoring the game’s lone goal in the 38th minute. After a handball from the Broncos, Aadne Bruseth sent a shot off the free kick that deflected to Stuart Wilkin who fired another shot towards the SCU goalkeeper. Dolling collected the rebound and fired it in for the first goal of the Bears’ 2019 season.
MSU kept the pressure on the Broncos’ defense early in the first half as the Bears earned four corners within the first 24 minutes of play. Missouri State would go on to outshoot Santa Clara 12-7 in the game.
The Bears’ defense controlled most of the second half as they held the Broncos to just one shot through the first 39 minutes. Michael Creek collected three saves and picked up his first shutout after earning six clean sheets during the 2018 season.
It was a team effort for the Bears’ attack as nine different players had at least one shot in the match. Playing the full 90 minutes, Wilkin picked up the assist on Dolling’s goal in the first half. Dolling scored his fourth career goal against the Broncos, following up his hat-trick performance in last year’s matchup.
The Bears continue the road trip with a match against Kansas City on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Missouri State led 2-0 in the Aug. 29 matchup between the two teams before play was halted during halftime because of inclement weather. Due to play not reaching the NCAA minimum length, that match did not count as an official game.