Nov. 14, 2003
Columbia, Mo.-Appearing in the first NCAA Tournament match in four years, the Mizzou Tigers continued their hard fought post-season rally defeating Eastern Illinois 1-0. The victory marks Mizzou's first NCAA Tournament win in the history of the program and boosts the Tigers to a 12-10-1 record.
Precision passing was a key factor in Mizzou's game early on. Although the Tigers were unable to score during the first period, Missouri out shot Easter Illinois nine-to-six. Playing balls on the ground, the Tigers were able to dominate the midfield.
Working ferociously the capture loose balls, the Panther forward line gave the Tigers several scares. Anchored by stopper Karen Bauer, however Eastern Illinois was stopped short. Playing smart and skillfully in the back field, Bauer thwarted EIU's scoring efforts giving up just two saves to goalkeeper Megan Duncan.
EIU forward Abby Bohnensteihl proved herself a threat early in the game drilling two well-placed shots into the goal box. Duncan was poised however, frustrating the Panthers time and again in the match.
After a lack luster first half, Mizzou didn't waste any time shining up the scoreboard during the second period. Just three minutes into play, Kristen Heil put Mizzou up 1-0 scoring her 10th goal of the season.
Preparing the scoring play deep in the midfield, forward Melissa Peabody sliced a pass to Adriene Davis in the midfield circle. One-touching a perfect pass to Heil at the top of the penalty box. Besting two EIU defenders and keeper Tiffany Groene, Heil deftly delivered the game-winner.
Turning up the offensive fire, Missouri outshot Eastern Illinois 13-to-5 in the second period. Groene had her hands full defending seven dangerous shots on goal. Despite her efforts however, the Panther offense could not muster a late period challenge. Grinding in and holding the line, Missouri's hard nosed defense endured to seal the Tiger victory.
Mizzou's first round victory sends the Tigers to the second round to face #16 ranked Kansas. The Tigers face the Jayhawks at 1:00 p.m., at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.