Missouri Falls to DePaul, 1-0



Aug. 30, 2009

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Columbia, MO - A first half goal from DePaul proved to be the winning margin today as the No. 11 University of Missouri women's soccer team fell 1-0 Sunday at Walton Stadium. With the loss, the Tigers' record now stands at 2-1-0, while the Blue Demons improve to 3-0-1.

It did not take long for the Tiger offense to begin testing Blue Demon goalkeeper, Claire Hanold, as senior forward Kristin Andrighetto got off two shots in the first ten minutes, both of which rolled wide of the net. DePaul had a good chance to go ahead in the 17th minute as Tara Strickland settled a pass at the top of the box and shot, forcing a sprawling save from senior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore.

DePaul would find the back of the net in the 25th minute, when Morgan Celaya sprung Shannon Williams with a through-pass down the middle. Celaya took a touch at the top of the box before putting her shot past Dittamore to give the Blue Demons the lead. The Tigers had a chance to level the score just before half time on a free kick from sophomore Mallory Stipetich, but the shot went wide left.

Missouri got its best chance to get on the board early in the second half. In the 50th minute, senior Michelle Makasini got the ball at the top of the box and laid it off to a waiting Andrighetto near the left post, but her shot went high of the crossbar. DePaul almost extended their lead just minutes later, but sophomore Kelsey Blincow found herself well positioned on the goal line to block a Michelle Scandora shot.

A hard fought second half saw a combined 18 fouls from both sides, as well as three yellow cards. DePaul's Tara Stickland was carded in the 68th minute, followed by yellows on Missouri's Meghan Pfeiffer and DePaul's Janina Locascio in the 74th. The physical play continued up until the final whistle, as neither side would record a shot on net in the final 15 minutes of the game.

The Tigers will look to rebound from today's defeat next Friday at home against Rhode Island. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. 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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