Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Truman Athletics

The Truman womens soccer team used two quick first-half goals and an insurance tally right out the second half gate to advance past Midwestern (Texas) State, 3-1, in the first round of the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Junior Megan Buri (Parkville, Mo., Park Hill South) landed back-to-back punches in the 15th minute, scoring twice in a 29-second span to stun MSU and give Truman a quick 2-0 advantage. Buri dribbled past a pair of defenders and fired a shot into the top-left corner from 30-yards out to get the Bulldogs (11-3-5) on the board at the 14:09 mark.

Then, less than a half-minute later, sophomore Kelsey Twellman (St. Louis, Mo., Incarnate Word Academy) played a ball into the middle of the keeper box that was mishandled by Mustang goalie Mallory Whitworth. As the ball slid through her fingers, Buri was right there to head the bobble into the back of the net and stun the Mustangs (16-4) with her seventh goal of the season and put the Dogs on top, 2-0.

The teams played relatively evenly the rest of the first half, with Truman out-shooting MSU, 6-4, and neither team earning a corner kick.

After MSU kicked off to start the second half, Truman countered quickly and earned its first corner of the match. Twellman then found the head of junior Jaclyn Schumann (Wauconda, Ill., Wauconda), who completed the connection and found pay-dirt for a 3-0 Bulldog advantage.

Midwestern would get on the board in the games 76th minute when Mickey Brown finished after a flurry in the middle of the Bulldog box, but from there, the Bulldogs clamped down and silenced any chance of an MSU comeback.

Redshirt freshman Emily Bozdeck (St. Louis, Mo., Lindbergh) moved to 6-1-1 on the season by stopping four MSU shots on goal, while Whitworth stopped just half of Trumans shots on goal - making three saves.

Buris two goals within 29 seconds were the fastest in program history by a single player and marked the fifth best time in NCAA Div. II womens soccer history with consecutive goals by the same player. The NCAA does not keep that record in championship-only play.

The Bulldogs are also now 8-8 all-time in the NCAA tournament and have won their first match in the tournament seven times in the nine tournament appearances.

The No. 6 seed in the region entering the tournament, Truman advances to face the University of Central Missouri at 1 pm on Sunday afternoon. The Jennies went 18-0 in the regular season and won the season-series against the Bulldogs on the way to winning the MIAA title.