Oct. 21, 2007
Boulder, Colo. -
The 12th-ranked University of Missouri women's soccer team (11-4-0, 5-2, 0 Big 12) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes (7-6-3, 3-4-0 Big 12), 2-0, Sunday (Oct. 21) in 40 degree temperatures in Boulder, Colo. Mizzou defender Kat Tarr scored her fourth goal of the year on a corner kick and forward Kristin Andrighetto scored her team-high 11th of the season on a breakaway goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game to help the Tigers win their fifth conference game of the season. Tiger goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore played the entire game in goal, saving one shot for her third shutout of the year.
"It was our gutsiest game of the season, Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "With the loss against Texas Friday (Oct. 19) and the travel, and weather conditions, it was a very gutsy performance to come on the road and beat a good Colorado team."
The Tigers got off to a quick start offensively, as Tiger forward Michelle Collins took the opening kick down the field and took a shot 15 seconds into the game. The shot went just left of the goal, but it would set the tone for the Mizzou offense in the early part of the half.
In the 12th minute, Collins took another shot. This time her shot was blocked, giving the Tigers a corner kick that would result in the game-winning goal. Freshman Katya Hessel took the kick, and sent it to the far side of the goal, where Tarr jumped up and headed it past CU keeper Kirstin Radlinski. Tarr, a defender, notched her fourth goal of the season.
Play evened out after the goal, and the Tigers finished the half with a 7-5 shot advantage.
One of Colorado's best chances in the first half came in the 36th minute, when Kaylee Boryla passed it to Nikki Marshall on the left side, who shot it from about ten yards out. The shot sailed just high and wide, missing the crossbar by a few feet. Earlier in the half, Alex Cousins took a shot that went just to the left of the goal. The Buffaloes did not get a shot on goal in the half, as the Mizzou defense and midfielders cleared many Colorado opportunities.
The second half started slow, offensively, for both teams, as both defenses tightened their pressure.
Colorado had late chances, including a chance with about 20 minutes remaining in the second half, as Marshall crossed a ball across the six yard box. Mizzou freshman Caitlin Linas headed it out of the box, keeping the Buffaloes from taking a shot on goal.
Cousins had another chance with less than ten minutes remaining, as she took a shot from about 15 yards out that sailed towards the crossbar. Mizzou goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore was able to get a hand on it and send it out of bounds for her first, and only, save of the game.
A couple of minutes after the save, the Buffaloes had the ball in the Mizzou end, challenging the Tigers, when midfielder Mo Redmond cleared a loose ball to Andrighetto, who took it all the way to the box. She took a shot from about 15 yards out, and it scooted to the right of Radlinski for her team leading 11th goal of the season. Andrighetto's 17th career goal ties her for eighth place on Mizzou's all-time list with Krsiten Heil, who played for Mizzou from 2001-2003.
Tigers off to a Great Conference Start
Despite losing two Big 12 games Sunday (Oct. 14) against Oklahoma State, and Friday (Oct. 19) against Texas, the Tigers are still off to their best seven-game conference start since 1999, when the team won six of its first seven Big 12 games.
Mizzou Breaks Road Wins Record
The Tigers have won five road games this season, which breaks the program record of four, set by the 1999 and 2004 teams. The Tigers are 5-2-0 on the road, losing by one goal to two top-10 teams. Friday (Oct. 19) Mizzou lost to No. 7 Texas, 3-2, in overtime. Earlier in the season (Sept. 14) the Tigers lost to then-No. 1 Stanford, also by a 3-2 score.
Blitz Earns Sixth 11-win Season
The Tigers secured an 11-win season with their win Sunday (Oct. 21) in Boulder, Colo., Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz's sixth 11 or more-win season of his Mizzou career. Mizzou has earned 11 or more wins in 2003 (12), 2002 (11), 2001 (13), 1999 (14) and 1998 (11).
UP NEXT: Last Home Conference Weekend
The Tigers will be back in action in Walton Stadium next weekend, when they finish the home schedule with games against Iowa State (Oct. 26) and Nebraska (Oct. 28). Tickets for Sunday's game, Mizzou's last scheduled home contest of the year, are only $1.
By game time, the light that was falling in pre-game warm-ups had stopped, and the overcast gave way to partly cloudy skies. Temperatures remained in the 40's the entire game.