Aug. 21, 2007
Columbia, Mo. -
The University of Missouri women's soccer team defeated the Indiana Hoosiers, 5-0, Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. The win was a total team effort for the Tigers, including a solid performance by the defense, which only gave up eight shots to shut out the Hoosiers. The offense also did their part, with five different players scoring the five goals.
"That's what we're hoping for with our system, that everybody's contributing, making a difference and keeping our players fresh," Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz said after the Mizzou win."It was a very good Indiana team...it was a good start, but it was an exhibition game."
Although it was just an exhibition game, Coach Blitz did enjoy some of the highlights of the game, including goals by freshmen Alysha Bonnick and Katya Hessel, and solid performances by the returning players.
Bonnick scored the first goal of the preseason in the 18th minute when she took a pass from freshman Krista Kruse and headed it in from the middle of the box. Later in the half, in the 34th minute, junior Janelle Cordia gathered a loose ball in the box and drove it into the net, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Hessel followed in the footsteps of fellow Tiger freshman Bonnick and added a goal of her own, as she knocked an unassisted goal from the right side, making the score 3-0.
Blitz was impressed with Hessel and Bonnick.
"I think that they've proved throughout the preseason right now that they deserve to be starting. They both add different things, where Alysha is the workhorse. You just don't just want to defend her, because she'll wear you out. And I think with Katya, she uses her sophistication more than her determination, so I think they're like ying and yang."
Later in the half, junior Mo Redmond
headed a free kick from junior Lindsay McCoy
into the net for the team's fourth goal of the night. The Tigers led Indiana in corner kicks, 7-0.
McCoy had a solid game, with that corner kick assist and 77 minutes of playing time. She said the win helped the team believe in themselves.
"It shows us that if we stick to what we're supposed to do, work our butts off, do everything that we talk about in training, that we should have a successful season."
In the 90th minute, sophomore Kristin Andrighetto added another goal to the Tigers' total, shooting a Bonnick pass into the back of the net.
The Mizzou defense, and the play in net by Tasha Dittamore and Mallory Forst, secured the shutout for the Tigers. Indiana only took eight shots and Dittamore and Forst only had to make four combined saves. Dittamore made one save the entire first half, while Forst grabbed three during her time in net in the second half. One of those saves was on the Hoosiers' best scoring chance, as IU's Natalie O'Bryan sent a shot to Forst's left side in the 81st minute. Forst dove and grabbed it out of the air, preserving the shutout.
The Tigers will try to ride this momentum into their next game, Friday, Aug. 24 at Saint Louis, their second and final exhibition match of the season. Mizzou will start the regular season Friday, Aug. 31 at Illinois, and their next home game is Sunday, Sept. 2 when they host Western Michigan to open the regular season home slate at Walton Stadium.