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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's soccer team (12-4-3, 7-0-3) have earned the title of 2009 Big 12 regular season champions after a 5-0 disposal of Nebraska (10-4-4, 4-3-2) on Sunday at Walton Stadium. Junior Alysha Bonnick scored twice to help the team win the first Big 12 regular season title for any Missouri sports program since the softball team won it in 1997.
The Tigers controlled possession from early on, and finally cracked the Nebraska defense in the 20th minute. Michelle Collins got the ball on a counter attack and dribbled down the left sideline before making a move into the box. Her attempted cross near the net deflected off of a Nebraska defender and into the net to put Missouri up 1-0. The Tigers doubled their lead in the 40th minute, when junior Kari Adam played a ball in the box to a waiting Candace Ruff, who tapped the ball in to make it 2-0 heading into half time.
In the second half, the Tigers continued to relentlessly attack the Husker defense. Bonnick got on the board in the 50th minute after latching onto a ball played all the way down the left sideline from Krista Kruse. Bonnick beat her defender 1-on-1 and slotted her low shot past Husker goalkeeper Jessica Mills to push the score to 3-0. The Tigers kept pushing, and Bonnick netted her sixth goal of the season just under ten minutes later. Michelle Collins dribbled the ball into the Nebraska box and found Bonnick, who struck a hard shot into the net to make the score 4-0.
Senior Kristin Andrighetto would score her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 73rd minute, when she fired a rebound in off a Michelle Collins shot. The Tigers would hold on for the remaining minutes and preserve their 5-0 lead.
The Tigers will close out regular season play at Kansas on Friday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.