The University of Evansville men's soccer team solved the Missouri Valley Conference's best defense, as Nick Schroeder scored a pair of second-half goals to propel the Aces to a 2-0 win in their Valley opener against Missouri State Wednesday night in Springfield, Mo.
Evansville (7-4-0, 1-0-0 MVC) was on the offensive early in the match, taking three of the matches first four shots in the opening 17 minutes. However, the Bears would take nine of the next 10 shots in the half and outshoot UE, 10-4, over the first 45 minutes.
Missouri State (5-4-3, 0-2-0 MVC) tested Evansville goalkeeper Eric Teppen four times in the first half, as Teppen turned away all four chances to keep the game scoreless heading into the break.
Schroeder gave the Aces the lead early in the second half, scoring his second goal of the year in the 52nd minute. The sophomore defender scored unassisted on a breakaway opportunity, after blocking a clearance and firing in a shot from 20 yards out.
Evansville sealed the win in the 78th minute, when Schroeder headed home his second goal of the match off a long, 50-yard free-kick service from Brandon Causey.
The UE defense held MSU without a shot on goal in the second half to record its fourth shutout of the season. Teppen made all four of his saves in the first half to pick up his third clean sheet and the shutout marked the fifth-straight game in which the Aces have been involved in a shutout. Mark Anthony Gonzalez and Nate Opperman led UE offensively with three shots.
The two goals scored by the Aces marked only the second time this season that Missouri State's defense had given up multiple goals, as it entered the match with a league-best 0.51 goals against average.