Sept. 16, 2005
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Senior Jennifer Nobis headed in the game-winning goal with 20 seconds on the clock to propel the University of Missouri women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the College of Charleston on Friday night at Walton Stadium. With the victory, Missouri (5-1-1) extends its unbeaten streak to six games, winning streak to five games and tied the school record with three consecutive shutouts. The Tigers are also a perfect 4-0 at home this season.
The College of Charleston (1-4) goalkeeper deflected a Nobis header out of play to set up a corner kick for the Tigers in the closing seconds. With the clock nearing zero, junior Aria Hudetz sailed a perfectly placed left-footed corner kick into the box as Nobis ran toward the goal. Nobis timed her jump perfectly and headed the game-winner past the Cougar keeper from two yards out.
"We're proud of our kids," said Missouri head coach Bryan Blitz. "It's easy to get frustrated and get out of our game but we stayed with our game plan. Hats off to (Charleston), they had a good game plan and it almost worked."
"We knew if we kept attacking it was going to come, whether in the first 20 minutes or the last 30 seconds," said Nobis. "It was a really big relief because we worked our butts off this game and we didn't want to go to overtime."
The Tigers controlled the physical game from the onset but could not find the back of the net. In the 23rd minute, Nobis unleashed a low shot from the top of the box that went just wide. Three minutes later, senior Erica Pusch lofted a pass into the box to Nobis but the Cougar goalkeeper ran out and grabbed the ball just before Nobis could take a shot.
In the 62nd minute, Nobis collected a clear from the Tigers' own box and broke toward the goal. She sidestepped the Charleston goalie but the keeper recovered and gained possession of the ball to thwart the scoring chance.
In the final 12 minutes left in the game, the Tigers began to pour on the offensive pressure. Freshman Carolina Pohl missed an opportunity after receiving a pass from sophomore Anne Baxter. Pohl lost control of the ball, regained possession and blasted an end line shot from five yards out but the Cougar keeper made the save.
With 3:03 left in the game, Hudetz sent a cross into the box that Nobis one-timed toward the net. The Charleston goalie just managed to get her fingers on the shot but the ball flew out of bounds for a Missouri corner. After not scoring on the corner, the Tigers had another opportunity when Hudetz gathered her own rebound in the 88th minute and fired the ball onto the open net but the shot sailed just wide. The Tigers managed to keep possession in the final two minutes, setting up Nobis' last second heroics.
"The key was that we didn't get frustrated," said Pusch, one of Missouri's co-captains. "They put a lot of players back but we played until the last seconds. It just shows how when we play together and we're patient and don't let ourselves get frustrated, it'll come."
Sophomore goalie Laura Buehrig notched the 100th save of her career in the 27th minute and ended the game with two saves. The shutout also marks the third for Buehrig this season and the fifth of her brief career.
The Tigers outshot the College of Charleston 39-5 in the game, including 24-1 in the second half.
Missouri next hosts a pair of nationally ranked opponents at Walton Stadium. On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Tigers will try to tie the school record with six consecutive wins against No. 17 Cal Poly at 1:00 p.m. before kicking off Big 12 Conference play against No. 14 Texas A&M on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00. The current five-game homestand wraps up with a conference matchup against Baylor on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.
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