The Missouri State men’s soccer team (1-0-1) got its first victory of the 2012 season Tuesday, shutting out UMKC (0-2-0) 3-0 on the road at Durwood Soccer Stadium. With the win, the Bears snapped their two-game losing streak against the Kangaroos and improved their all-time series record to 17-4-0.
MSU junior Jared Gain caught UMKC goalkeeper Connor Sparrow off guard and sent a shot from 25 yards out into the top left corner of the net for the first goal of the game in the 19th minute.
Just 62 seconds later, the Bears scored again as Eric Martin trapped a one-touch pass from Gain and snuck the shot past Sparrow. It was the senior’s first goal of the season.
Missouri State tacked on another goal with 32 seconds remaining in the first period. Freshman Jon Boyack tapped in a rebound.
MSU Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Riggs matched a career-high with four saves, three of which came in the first half as the Kangaroos outshot the victorious Bears 10-7 on Tuesday.