The Bears opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Michelle Sommer and Jennifer Hamlin found Tiffany Laughlin for the score.
UNI tied the score in the 24th minute when a corner kick from senior Missy Journot found senior Megan Cameron who finished the set with a header that found the back of the net.
The game remained tied at 1-1 after the end of regulation, so the match would be decided by two ten-minute overtime periods with the golden goal rule in effect.
Missouri State capitalized on a counter attack in the 93rd minute when a crossing pass from Christine Cross found Tiffany Laughlin for her second score of the game. Laughlin's second goal sealed the win for the Bears.
Junior Kiki McClellan led the Panther offensive attack firing six shots with one on goal. Junior Melissa Hagan added five shots for UNI with two coming on goal.
"I thought we worked really hard and we competed right with them. It turned in to a scrappy game but you have to give Missouri State credit. The goal at the end was very well created." Said UNI head coach James Price.
Sophomore Allie Brees tallied three shots with one on goal, Journot added two shots with one on goal and an assist, and Cameron tallied the only goal for UNI on her only shot of the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Zaideman played the first half for the Panthers recording four saves while allowing just one goal on nine Missouri State shots. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Potzman played the second half and overtime period for UNI turning away three Missouri State shots while allowing one goal.
UNI was out-shot in the match by two, 21-19. Missouri State also held the advantage in shots on goal, 9-6, and corner kicks, 7-5.
"You hate losing but if you have to lose you are going to be okay with it being on a good goal." Said Price. "We'll be back. This is just the start for UNI soccer."
The Panthers finish 8-10-3 on the season and appeared in just their second semifinal match in UNI history.