EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's soccer fell to Missouri State 5-1 in their last game before conference play.
"As each game unfolds we learn more about ourselves and sometimes it's painful," Head Coach Derek Burton said. "As awlays we'll take each game and take what we can from it and move forward and learn."
The Cougars struck first when MacKenzie Litzsinger headed in her second goal of the season in the 28th minute after a fantastic cross in from Mallory Mushill. The referee first called off sides on Litzsinger but later overruled the call.
The Bears then scored in the 41st and 42nd minutes to go into halftime up 2-1.
"It's an inner drive within players to be able to turn the page when you give up a goal and to be able to move on to the next play," Burton added. "We are struggling with that right now. That's where we've got to get better."
After halftime, the Bears struck in the 47th minute when the Cougars Katie Jordan gave up a penalty kick after a foul in the box off of a cross. Mary Disidore of Missouri State slotted the PK away.
Missouri State then scored in the 62nd minute off of a well-designed set play off of a free kick. The Bears last goal was in the 70th minute.
Becca Jostes shot twice for SIUE. The Cougars finished the game with six shots and four corners.
"We have five days to 'lick our wounds' if you will and prepare for our first Ohio Valley Conference game," Burton said. "I am looking forward to it and I know our team is looking forward to it."
SIUE is back in action on Friday when they will host Belmont at 7 p.m. in their OVC opener.