Freshman Danielle Nottingham
Oct. 24, 2010
Lubbock, Tx. - The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie at intermission with three second-half goals to win 5-2 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Freshman Danielle Nottingham scored two in the match, including the game winner, bringing her weekend total to three.
"Playing in a place like Texas Tech and coming out with three points requires a complete team effort," head coach Bryan Blitz said. "From the seniors to the freshmen, from the starters to the subs, we had no let downs. The Raiders are so well coached and play with such tenacity that it really required another level from our ladies tonight."
Coming off a win Friday night against Baylor, Missouri opened against Texas Tech with two goals in the first 12 minutes of the match.
In the seventh minute, senior captain Krista Kruse played a ball up to Nottingham, who carried the ball unmarked toward the Red Raider goal. From 25 yards out she rifled a shot that careened off the cross bar and was pushed in by the diving Tech keeper.
Less than four minutes later, the Tigers struck again when junior Kelsey Blincow found Kruse. Blincow cut her defender on the right side of the box and served a ball to the Kruse at the center of the six-yard line. She volleyed the ball over the keeper to put the Tigers up 2-0.
The Raiders responded with goals in the 33rd and 37th minutes.
Just four minutes into the second half, two of the talented freshmen for the Tigers combined to break the knot at two. Alyssa Diggs battled her way down the right flank, veered towards the box and laid the ball back for the oncoming Nottingham. She ripped a low shot into the far corner that glanced in off the post. The strike was her second of the night and third on the weekend. Nottingham had not scored a goal since netting two against Illinois in a preseason match.
"I just looked up and realized I should shoot," said Nottingham. "I hit a good shot and luckily it went off the keeper and crossbar and in. I think our non-conference schedule really prepared us for all of the competition we are facing now."
In the 71st minute, Diggs carried the ball to the endline and crossed to Sarah Thune, who headed the ball into the near post net. The goal marks Thune's second on the season.
Three minutes later, Richardson struck a ball under the wall from 21 yards out that beat the keeper for her third goal of the season. She had gone 12 games without hitting the back of the net.
The Tigers move from seventh in the Big 12 to fourth following the two-win weekend.
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