No. 23 Missouri Soccer Team Advances on Penalty Kicks

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Nov. 16, 2007

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Columbia, Mo. - The 23rd-ranked Missouri soccer team tied Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), 1-1, with the Tigers advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament on penalty kicks. The Tigers and Redhawks were scoreless through 67:36 of action before the game was decided, 2-0, on junior defender Kat Tarr (Vancouver, Wash.) and junior goalkeeper Mallory Forst's (Ballwin, Mo.) shootout shots. This marks Missouri's second time in the 12-year history of the program in which the Tigers have advanced to the second round of the tournament and first since 2003.

Sophomore forward Michelle Collins (Naperville, Ill.) came up with Missouri's first goal of the night, dribbling the ball in from the top of the box. Shooting from eight yards out, Collins beat the keeper to the right, scoring 16:26 into the game. The goal was Collins' 12th of the year.

Three shots were volleyed at the SEMO goal but none scored at the 35:30 minute mark. Beginning with a header by sophomore midfielder Meghan Pfeiffer (Chesterfield, Mo.), freshman forward Kari Adam (Overland Park, Kan.) followed with a blocked shot and junior forward Ashley Hamblin (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) made her attempt at a goal but was blocked by the SEMO defender. By the end of the game, Missouri had outshot SEMO, 26-3.

SEMO was credited with its first shot of the game 41:49 into the first half and scored its first goal with 2:37 remaining. Ohio Valley Offensive MVP Courtney Alexander (Liberty, Mo.) scored the ninth goal of her sophomore campaign on an assist from freshman midfielder Vanessa Hart (Dubbo, Australia).

With the score tied at one, Redhawks keeper Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, Mo.) made a game-deciding save at 27:22, blocking a shot by Missouri freshman forward Alysha Bonnick (North Gower, Ontario). Pickering, a clutch player on the night, made nine saves on the night.

Advancing to a second overtime for the third time of the season, Missouri previously held off Texas A&M, 3-2, on Sept. 28 and Texas Tech, 4-3, on Nov. 7. SEMO freshman forward Ashley Reunion (St. Peters, Mo.) had a breakaway and a clean shot at Missouri's goal but Pfeiffer tackled the ball away for a Mizzou goal kick.

Five Tigers were selected from the lineup to take Missouri's penalty shots. Tarr made Missouri's first penalty kick attempt but SEMO missed all four of theirs before Forst stepped up and hit her shot to advance the Tigers to the second round.

Eighth-ranked and second-seeded USC and No. 23 Missouri will meet in the second round of tournament play, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. (CT).



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