Aug. 21, 2009
Iowa City, Iowa - The No. 13 University of Missouri women's soccer team kicked off the 2009 season with a dramatic 3-2 win at Iowa on Friday night. Tiger forward Kristin Andrighetto gave the Tigers a first half lead before two late goals - the first by fellow senior Michelle Collins with just over five minutes remaining, and the game-winner by sophomore Jessie Crabtree with 52 seconds to play - earned the hard-fought victory on the road.
The Tigers (1-0-0) outshot the Hawkeyes (0-1-0) 16-9, and senior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore made four saves in the non-conference win. Dittamore did well early to keep the Hawkeyes off the board, making three saves in a four-minute span halfway through the first period.
Andrighetto swung the momentum in Missouri's favor in the 23rd minute with an opportunistic strike. The Pleasant Hill, Calif., native was well-positioned to slot home a loose ball at the top of the six yard box to open her 2009 scoring account. Junior forward Alysha Bonnick had dribbled down the left side of the field before finding senior Michelle Collins unmarked in the middle of the penalty area. Collins then had the ball poked away as she turned to shoot, leaving Andrighetto an open net for her 28th career goal.
Andrighetto nearly doubled the Tigers' advantage in the 26th minute with a long range effort, but Iowa goalkeeper Emily Muran tipped the shot over the crossbar.
Eleven minutes later it was the Hawkeyes threatening as sophomore Rachel Blakesley's cross to the far post richoted off the crossbar. Then with less than two minutes remaining in the half, Iowa won a penalty kick after a sliding challenge by Tiger junior Krista Kruse at the corner of the 18-yard box. Iowa senior midfielder Alex Seydel converted the spot kick, shooting high and to her left, past a diving Dittamore. It marks the second consecutive year the Hawkeyes have tallied from the penalty spot against Missouri, after doing so in a 2-1 loss in Columbia, Mo., last year.
Following the intermission, Iowa picked up where they left off. Less than two minutes into the second half, Hawkeyes sophomore Morgan Showalter gave the Hawkeyes the lead, their first against Mizzou in the eight game history of the series, with a shot into the left, side netting.
The Tigers nearly pulled back even in the 57th minute as senior Bree Thornton tested Muran from long range only to see the shot bounce off the crossbar and out of play. With the clock winding down, Missouri capitalized on a corner kick with less than six minutes remaining. Sophomore Mallory Stipetich redirected a service from Andrighetto to the near post where Collins was waiting to slot it through the traffic.
Collins' 21st career goal set the table for the late heroics. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Blincow's shot from the left side of the field was tipped into the crossbar by Muran and rebounded to Crabtree inside the penalty area. The Marion, Ill., native buried her shot for the first goal and first points of her collegiate career, and the Tigers defense held on to thwart Iowa's last second surges.
Missouri returns to action next Friday at 6:30 p.m. for their home opener against the Northwestern Wildcats. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth and seniors, and free to all University of Missouri students with a valid student ID.
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