Oct. 26, 2007
Columbia, Mo. -
The Iowa State Cyclones (8-5-3, 4-3-1 Big 12) scored in the second minute of the first overtime period to give them a 1-0 victory over the 15th-ranked University of Missouri women's soccer team (11-5-0, 5-3-0 Big 12). Despite the loss, the Tigers learned some good news as Oklahoma lost their game against Colorado, which means Mizzou has officially qualified for the eight-team Big 12 Soccer Championship.
The Tigers lost for the third time in their last four conference games, however, and they were held scoreless for the first time this season. The Cyclones also stopped Mizzou's program record streak of scoring at least one goal in 17 straight games, dating back to last season.
"Hats off to Iowa State. They played harder than us today and we got out-coached," Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "They had a total team effort and were playing for a shot to the Big 12 Championship. It's another hard lesson for our group. Even though we won last Saturday, it doesn't mean it's going to carry through too tonight. Hopefully we're quick and mature learners because Sunday will also be another tough game against Nebraska."
The Tigers did not put a shot in the net, but they would get their chances, shooting a total of 21 shots, including eight on goal.
Mizzou freshman Kayta Hessel had perhaps the best Tiger chance, in the first minute of overtime, as she took a shot from about 10 yards out that was saved by Cyclone Goalkeeper Ann Gleason, her eighth on the night.
About a minute after that shot, the Cyclones converted on their first chance of the overtime period, only their second shot on goal all night. Tiger defender Crystal Wagner tried to clear the ball out of Mizzou's end, as she was battling a Cyclone player, but the clearance did not go as far as it needed. It ended up in front of ISU midfielder Jordan Bishop, the reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, and she shot it past Tiger goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore for her second game-winning goal in as many games.
The Tigers had chances in regulation, including perhaps their best chance in the 24th minute, when Tiger sophomore Michelle Collins
dumped the ball off to Mizzou's leading goal scorer Kristin Andrighetto
. Andrighetto made a move and got past a Cyclone defender, but shot it just wide of the net.
In the second half, Tiger defender Lindsay McCoy launched a free kick towards the goal. The ball bounced around the front of the net, but the Tigers were unable to get a solid chance and the game remained scoreless.
San Antonio, Here We Come!
Oklahoma lost to Colorado, 2-1, in overtime, Friday (Oct. 26) in Norman, Okla., which means the Tigers secured their berth in the Big 12 Soccer Championship, Nov. 7-11, at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
The Tigers will now try to improve their seeding in the Big 12 Championship as they host Nebraska, who lost, 3-1, at Kansas, Friday (Oct. 26). The Mizzou women's soccer team will `go green' as it encourages fans to recycle used electronic items prior to the game for free admission to Mizzou's last regular season home contest of the year. The Tigers will also host a free children's soccer clinic following the game.