Senior Ashley Hamblin scored the game-winner over the Aggies in the 30th minute
Oct. 19, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior forward Ashley Hamblin scored the game-winning goal and added an assist as the No. 20 University of Missouri women's soccer team upset No. 6 Texas A&M 3-0 on Sunday. The win improves the Tigers to 11-4-0 overall and 5-2-0 in the Big 12 while the Aggies fall to 12-3-1 and 5-2-1.
After registering two assists in Friday's 6-1 win over Francis Marion - her first points of the season - Hamblin was back at it again in the 31st minute against the Aggies. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native chest-trapped a cross from freshman Candace Ruff and volleyed a low shot to the right corner to give Missouri the lead. The assist was Ruff's first point of her college career.
Just 12 minutes later Hamblin provided the pass for sophomore Kari Adam to fire beneath the crossbar from the right side of the box, doubling the Missouri advantage minutes before halftime. Adam, who scored twice in the Tigers' 3-2 double overtime upset of the No. 4 Aggies last season, scored in her second consecutive game for her third goal of the season.
Missouri closed out the scoring in the 87th minute as sophomore Krista Kruse headed home a free kick from senior captain Janelle Cordia. The tally marked the second goal of the year for Kruse and the first assist for Cordia.
The two first half goals came after Missouri had two near misses in the opening minutes of the match. In the second minute, sophomore Kelsey Stokes had a shot blocked narrowly wide of the left post. The ensuing corner kick from junior Kristin Andrighetto found junior Meghan Pfeiffer, but the midfielder's header from close range was stopped by the outstretched hand of Texas A&M goalkeeper Kelly Dyer.
The Missouri defense limited the Aggies' attack to one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, on which Tigers' goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore made a superb save. Texas A&M's Laura Robinson redirected a dangerous Rachael Balaguer service but Dittamore dove to her left to stop the shot.
Dittamore and the Tigers' veteran defense proved to be the difference in the second half as Texas A&M applied continued pressure on the Tigers' goal, particularly on set piece opportunities. In the 55th minute, A&M defender Brianne Young headed a Rebecca Herrera free kick but Dittamore was in good position to hold onto the shot. Dittamore made her best save of the match then in the 60th minute, thwarting forward Raven Tatum on a breakaway. Less than a minute later, Young struck a free kick which hit the corner of the right post and the crossbar, caroming out of danger. Dittamore finished with five saves and extended her Missouri single season record to seven shutouts.
The Tigers' victory, which was broadcast live on ESPNU, was only their second ever in College Station in program history. The only other triumph coming in 2004 over an Aggies' squad ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time.
Missouri will return to action next Friday against Baylor at 6:30 pm as they begin a three-game homestand at Walton Stadium to close out conference play. The Tigers' Sunday fixture, a 1 pm kickoff with No. 12 Texas, will be shown on ESPNU on tape delay at 4:30 pm.
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