Oct. 28, 2007
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Columbia, Mo. -
The 15th-ranked University of Missouri women's soccer team (12-5-0, 6-3-0 Big 12) defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-10-3, 1-8-0 Big 12) 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers earned their 12th win of the season, the highest total since they reached 12 victories in 2003. They also tied the program record for conference wins, with six.
Going into their game against the Huskers, the Tigers had lost three of their last four conference games, with each of the three losses coming in overtime. And Sunday, Nebraska scored the first goal of the game. The Tigers responded well, however, scoring three unanswered goals to take the victory and move into second place in the conference with one game remaining before the Big 12 Championship.
"Well I think it was definitely the game we needed," Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "We went down one early and we could see how our character was after dealing with Friday's game (1-0 overtime loss to Iowa State). I thought it was the perfect test for us. Nebraska gave us all we could handle in the first half and that will pay off for us down in the road in the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Tournament."
The Huskers scored first in the game, in the 29th minute, when Jessie Bruch controlled a loose ball near midfield and passed it ahead to Shay Powell, who sent a low, hard shot past Tiger goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore to give Nebraska an early lead. That would be the only goal Dittamore would give up, as she saved two Husker shots on goal for her sixth win of the year.
Her six wins ties fellow Tiger goalkeeper Mallory Forst, who did not play this game in goal. She came in at the forward position, however, and scored her first career goal. Less than five minutes after Nebraska's goal, Forst answered, taking an Ashley Hamblin pass near the left corner of the box and blasting it to the far post, outside the reach of Nebraska goalkeeper Jessica Mills. That score tied the game at 1-1, where it would stay through halftime.
Just into the second half, in the 48th minute, Mizzou forward Michelle Collins scored her 10th goal of the season, a goal that would turn out to be her third game-winner of the year. Tiger midfielder Mo Redmond started the play off at midfield. She then advanced it to Andrighetto, who threaded the ball through the defense to Collins in the right side of the box. Collins shot it to the far post, past Mills, to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Redmond's fifth game-winning assist of the season ties three other Tigers for the program record.
In the 64th minute, Andrighetto added some insurance with her 12th goal of the season. Tiger freshman Alysha Bonnick set up Andrighetto perfectly, as she centered the ball from the right side of the goal, it snuck past Mills and Andrighetto got a foot on it and sent it in, for her third point of the game. Her 32 points on the season is the highest by a Mizzou player since Adriene Davis scored 37 in 2001. Andrighetto's point total ranks sixth on Mizzou's season record list. Her 12 goals this season ties her for fifth on Mizzou's all-time leaderboard.
The Tigers will head to Lawrence, Kan., Friday (Nov. 2) to face the Jayhawks in the Border Showdown game. The afternoon match will start at 3 p.m.
Tigers Break Average Attendance Record
With 627 fans in attendance Sunday, the Tigers set a new regular season average attendance record. An average of 684 fans watched nine exciting Tiger games this season, breaking the previous record of 625, set last season. This marks the third consecutive year that average attendance has increased.
2007 Tigers Tie Big 12 Wins Record
This year's Tiger team won its sixth conference match of the year, tying the program record set by the 1999 team.
Tigers Reach 12 Wins For Fourth Time in Program History
With Sunday's win over Nebraska, the Tigers raised their season win total to 12, the highest such number since the 2003 season. Mizzou teams have earned 12 or more wins in 2003 (12), 2001 (13) and 1999 (14).
Shot and Corner Kick Advantage
The Tigers out-shot Nebraska, 18-11, in the game, including a 13-4 advantage in the second half. Mizzou also held the advantage in corner kicks, as they took seven to Nebraska's one.