Sept. 4, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Seven different players scored as the No. 21 University of Missouri soccer team utilized a balanced offensive attack to erupt for a 7-1 victory over Rhode Island Friday night at Walton Stadium to improve to 3-1-0 on the year. The seven tallies marks the most goals Mizzou has scored since a 7-0 shutout of Arkansas State on Sept. 8, 2005.
The Tigers opened scoring in the 22nd minute when junior Alysha Bonnick found senior Kristin Andrighetto at the top of the box. The striker uncorked a left-footed shot that sailed past Ram's goalie Jackie Fede and into the net for a 1-0 Tiger lead. The tally was Andrighetto's second of the season and 29th of her career, which tied her for fifth place on the all-time list.
Mizzou used a set piece to score its second goal in the 32nd minute to go up 2-0. Freshman Haley Krentz served a perfect kick to the far post, which found the head of junior Krista Kruse. The midfielder headed home her first goal of the year for a 2-0 Tiger advantage.
Seven minutes later freshman Jessica Greer controlled a pass from sophomore Jessie Crabtree with her chest, and chipped a shot over the URI keeper's head for her first career goal. The Rams escaped the shutout when Ina Bjorklid got behind the Mizzou defense and slid a shot past Tiger goalie Tasha Dittamore in the 44th minute. Kristie Moltz assisted on the play.
Missouri came out firing in the second half with two goals within a minute span. Senior Michelle Makasini made a run up the middle of the field and passed to senior Bree Thornton, who streaked up the left side of the field. Thornton took a few dribbles and easily beat Fede for a 4-1 Tiger advantage. The goal was the first of the year for Thornton.
Less than a minute later Thornton returned the favor as she sent a long pass from midfield to a running Alysha Bonnick. The junior dribbled into the left side of the box and sent a low shot that eluded the Ram goalie and into the side netting for Bonnick's first tally of the year and a 5-1 Mizzou lead.
Mizzou kept its offensive show going when junior Kari Adam notched her first goal of the season when she grabbed a loose ball on the right hand side of the box, made a run to the middle and squirted a quick shot into the net.
The Tigers used another set piece for their seventh and final goal. Krentz sailed a corner kick into the middle of the box that sophomore Candace Ruff got a head on. Ruff's ensuring header evaded the Ram keeper for the midfielder's first goal of the season and Krentz's second assist of the night.
Missouri outshot the Rams 27-10 overall and had a 7-1 advantage in shots on goal had six corners to Rhode Island's one.
Mizzou returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 with a 10 a.m. game against Long Beach State at Walton Stadium. The Tigers then travel to Auburn, Ala., next weekend to compete in the Auburn Invitational. Missouri faces host Auburn at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 and Vanderbilt at Noon on Sunday, Sept. 13.
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