Sophomore Reagan Russell notched the first two goals of her career against Pacific.
Aug 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Taylor Grant and sophomore Reagan Russell each notched two goals and senior Danielle Nottingham tallied a goal and two assists as the Mizzou soccer team easily defeated Pacific, 5-1, Friday night in the season opener. Missouri improved to 1-0 on the year, while Pacific fell to 0-1.
Mizzou's five goals all came from Mizzou players who combined to tally just one goal in 2012. Russell's two goals were the first two of her Missouri career, Grant's were her first two since she recorded four in her freshman campaign in 2011, and Nottingham matched her goal output from a year ago, when she played in the back line.
Mizzou broke through in the 11th minute when Nottingham posted Missouri's first goal of 2012. Senior Alyssa Diggs played a short pass to Nottingham, who one-timed a six-yard shot into the back of the net. The tally was 10th of her Tiger career.
Nottingham helped put Missouri ahead 2-0 in the 26th minute with an assist on Russell's first career goal. Nottingham sent a long pass up to the box that found the foot of Russell, who eluded the Pacific keeper for Mizzou's second goal of the match.
In the 50th minute, Nottingham struck again as she sent another beautiful pass into the box. This time Grant pounced on the ball and sent a shot past Pacific's goalie for a 3-0 Mizzou advantage.
Pacific's Maricela Padilla put the visiting squad on the board in the 53rd minute when she grabbed a ball at the top of the box and shot past redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein. Alex Hussar assisted on the goal, which put the score at 3-1.
Russell put Mizzou up 4-1 with her second goal of the night in the 71st minute of play. Senior Brooke Williams gathered a free ball in the box after forcing a Pacific turnover. Williams passed back to Russell, who took the pass, dribbled to the right corner of the box, and unleashed a shot past Pacific's keeper.
Grant tallied Mizzou's final goal of the match when she bent a corner into the net. Mizzou outshot Pacific 17-9, including an 8-3 edge in shots on goal. Sauerwein made two saves in net for the home Tigers.
Missouri next hits the pitch on Sunday, Aug. 25 with a 1 p.m. road contest at Memphis.
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