Missouri ended the 2008 season with a record-breaking 16-5-2 record.
Nov. 16, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 10 University of Missouri soccer team ended its season in a penalty kick shootout to the Illinois Fighting Illini 4-3 after a 1-1 game after two overtimes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The Tigers ended their year with a record-breaking 16-5-2 record while the Illini improve to 12-8-2 on the year.
Freshman Kelsey Blincow, sophomore Alysha Bonnick and junior Bree Thornton all converted their penalty kicks against Illinois goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka. The Illini made their fifth of four attempts and Kapicka made a save on senior Mallory Forst's shot to send Illinois to the sweet sixteen.
Both teams brought offensive pressure to start the contest and play went back and forth for the opening minutes. The Tigers almost got on the board in the 14th minute when a Illini defender got a foot on a ball that flew toward the net. Kapicka got a hand on the ball to stop it from going in the goal and keep Mizzou off the board.
After an Illinois foul in the Fighting Illini defense end, the Tigers' Kat Tarr sailed a free kick to the upper corner of the box. Sophomore Krista Kruse ran onto the ball and one-timed a right-footed shot on net that Illinois goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka caught.
In the 39th minute Illinois' Charlotte Cooke unloaded on an 18-yard low shot. Dittamore sprawled out to make a diving save and the rebound hit the side of the post and dribbled out of bounds.
Illinois dominated early play in the second half and the Illini went up 1-0 in the 56th minute when Jackie Santacaterina flicked a ball up to Chichi Nweke. The forward fired a 14-yard shot past Dittamore and into the lower far post.
Missouri responded in the 74th minute when junior Michelle Collins played a ball up to sophomore Alysha Bonnick, who sent a pass to a wide open Mallory Stipetich. The freshman one-timed a 15-yard shot to the left of Kapicka and into the net for a 1-1 game. The goal was the fourth of season for Stipetich and the seventh and fourth assists of the year for Collins and Bonnick, respectively.
The Tigers almost took the lead in the 87th minute when junior Bree Thornton had a shot saved and sophomore Krista Kruse shot the rebound over the crossbar against an empty net. One minute later, Bonnick ran toward goal from the right side of the box and unleashed a shot that sailed just wide of the far post.
Regulation ended with both teams tied at 1-1 so the contest went to overtime. With 12 seconds left in the second overtime, Missouri earned a free kick five yards past the box. Andrighetto floated a ball to the far post but Bonnick's header few wide of the goal to thwart the scoring chance and send the game to a shootout.
The 2008 season was a year of records for the Tigers. The squad set new marks in wins (16), home wins (10), fewest loses (five), shutout (12), fewest goals allowed (19), goals against average (0.80), shots (515), shots on goal (234) and corner kicks (161). Missouri is currently in the midst of a 20-game streak without being shutout, also a record.
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