Coach Blitz's Outlook:
Taking a new role defensivley last year, Melissa Peabody quickly developed her overall game. Strengthened by her improved defensive skills working in the midfield, she was also able to improve her offensive capabilities breaking into a scoring frenzy toward the end of the last season. Melissa is one of the fastest players in the Big 12 Conference. She is a dynamic and electrifying player that will continue to cause problems for the opposition's defense.
Junior (2003): Making the transition to the half-field, Peabody's dynamic scoring ability set new standards ... led the Big 12 Tournament scoring seven points during championship play ... helped Mizzou defeat #22 Nebraska for the first time in program history scoring two goals and an assist against the Huskers ... earned All-Big 12 tournament team honors ... led the Tiger's come-from-behind victory over #4 Texas A&M scoring three goals and one assist in the second period ... set Mizzou record for most points scored during a 45-minute period and ties the Mizzou record for goals scored in a game ... earned Big 12 Player of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week honors for her performance against the Aggies ... topped the Big 12 as one of six athletes to score seven points in a single game during 2003 ... scored eight goals and six assists for 22 points to rank second on the team in scoring ... dished out the game-winning assist against Eastern Illinois helping the Tigers win its first NCAA Tournament victory ... named to the All-Big 12 second team.
Sophomore (2002): Had another standout season as Mizzou's attacking forward ... second on the team scoring nine goals, nine assists and 27 points ... set two Missouri single-season records taking 97 shots and 43 shots on goal ... also scored four game-winning goals to tie her Missouri single-season mark ... had two multi-goal games helping the Tigers defeat Texas Tech (5-1) and Oklahoma State (5-1) ... had multi-assist game against Loyola where she scored a goal and dished out a pair of assists in the 5-1 victory ... led the Big 12 during the season in shots taken averaging 5.17 per game and was second in the league in game-winning goals scored ... named to the All-Big 12 second team.
Freshman (2001): Was second on the team with 20 season points and nine goals ... was also second with 73 shots and 35 shots on goal ... led the team and tied the Missouri season record scoring four game-winning goals ... tied the Missouri single-game record scoring three goals against Arkansas-Little Rock ... was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after scoring back-to-back goals against Indiana State and Drury ... dished out two season assists ... started all 20 of the games she played in as a forward ... received All-Big 12 freshman honors.
Prep: Was a four-year varsity starter at Ursuline Academy (Mo.) ... named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was selected as a member of the all-state tournament team four consecutive years ... also a four-time all-conference and all-district pick ... featured as Athlete of the Week by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in April and May of 2001 ... scored 101 goals during her four-year high school career to set an Ursuline Academy record ... she received the Senior Athlete of the Year Award in 2001 ... led her J.B. Marine club team to the 2000 state title and to a third-place finish at nationals in 1999 ... chose Missouri over Purdue, Southwest Missouri State, Creighton, Ball State, Southeast Missouri State and Drury.
Personal: Melissa is the daughter of Bob and Dianne Peabody ... born March 21, 1983 ... she is pursuing a degree in elementary education.