Aug. 29, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, NC. -The Missouri Tigers fell to the Tarheels 6-1 in their second game of the Carolina Nike Classic. Senior Alysha Bonnick put the first goal on the board for the Tigers early in the second half. Missouri's defense came together in the first half keeping them from scoring until the 33rd minute. The loss brings Missouri's record to 0-3-0 on the season.
"I felt like we have improved in each of the three games," head coach Bryan Blitz said. "We showed a lot of character coming back and scoring right away in the second half. We were unfortunate not to get a second goal but we came out here to win the half and that's what we did. We are excited to get back to practice next week."
Tiger Keeper Jessica Gwin challenged the Tar Heels' offense and came off her line in the 6th minute to block a shot by North Carolina's Kealia Ohai. Ohai took the deflection and found the back of the net, only to be ruled no goal due to an offside call on Carolina. Gwin came through with another one-on-one save in the 14th minute when Tar Heel Courtney Jones stole a breakaway from of a North Carolina free kick.
Bonnick had a scoring opportunity in the 21st minute with an opening in the box, but the shot went out wide past the right goalpost. Missouri earned another opportunity off of a North Carolina foul. Freshman Dominique Richardson put her long ball to the test, turning the free kick into a shot from about 30 yards out. Richardson led the team in shots for the first half, tallying three shots in the first half and six total on the day.
The first goal of the game came in the 33rd minute from UNC's Kealia Ohai starting with a thru ball from fellow forward Courtney Jones. North Carolina upped the score to 2-0 in the 40th minute.
The Missouri defense showed its strength in the final minutes of the first half. The Carolina offense powered past Gwin, leaving defenders Sarah Thune
, Kellie Gavigan
, and Jessica Greer
covering the goal. The three defenders earned a team save for Missouri.
Bonnick came out hard in the second half, taking a shot right away in the first minute of the half. Not soon after, she attacked the Tar Heel defense scoring the first goal for the Tigers making it a 2-1 score. The goal is Bonnick's second of the season.
With a restored confidence, MU forward Danielle Nottingham broke through the Tar Heels passing it to senior Kari Adam at the 18-yard mark. The shot was saved by UNC keeper Anna Sieloff. Adam followed with a long-range shot in the 53rd minute that finished just over the goal.
The Tar Heels added another one to the board in the 65th minute, putting the score at 3-1. They scored a fourth goal nine minutes later, but not before the Tigers played a game of keep-away near the North Carolina 18-yard mark. Richardson took a long-range shot that floated just over the crossbar.
North Carolina put another ball in the back of the net through the legs of keeper Gwin who came off her line to challenge the Tar Heel forward. The score moved up to 5-1 for North Carolina, and then to 6-1 in the 85th minute.
Mizzou takes to the road again next weekend when the team will play the DePaul Blue Demons and the Northwestern Wildcats in the Chicagoland area. Fans can follow the Tigers on Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook.