A 30-minute rain delay and soggy field met the Denver Pioneers Thursday night at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Missouri. The first half was a defensive affair between the Denver Pioneers and the Missouri State Bears. Denver tried to attack down the middle of the field with long runs from Preston Judd. Missouri State worked their offense from the wings and launched kicks into the box. Most of the half, Denver packed the defensive end, content to make long forays into Bear territory. Neither team could score a goal with the Bears earning the best opportunity to score at 30:02. MSU’s Jack Denton fired a shot from the top of the box low right and Denver’s keeper Will Palmquist made a sliding save. The Bears had 5 shots and 3 shots-on-goal while Denver could only muster 3 shots for the half.
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Coming out of halftime, the Bears poured it on with nearly all the possession on the Denver side of the pitch. MSU took nine corner kicks in the final 45 minutes of the contest. MSU finally delivered on a set-piece corner at 71:24. The corner kick bounced off several MSU players before Matthew Bentley punched the ball into the net for a 1-0 Missouri State advantage.
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The Bears dropped back five defenders the final 20 minutes while Denver could create few quality chances. The Pioneers last opportunity came with 2:00 minutes left in the match when MSU received a hand ball penalty several feet outside the box. Denver’s Judd sent a bending shot to the right side of the Bears wall but an MSU player got a head on the ball to deflect the shot.
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MSU ran out the rest of the clock with a 1-0 final score, MSU. And the Bears earned the win with a dominant second half.