April 12, 2008
Kansas City, Mo. -
The University of Missouri women's soccer team improved its spring record to 2-1 after beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-1, on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon at the Kansas City Wizards training facility in Kansas City, Mo.
The Gophers got on the board first in the game, when Lindsey Schwartz's corner kick bounced off Mizzou midfielder Bree Thornton and found the net in the 8th minute.
Both the Tigers and Gophers would get more chances to score in the first half, but neither team finished, and Minnesota went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers evened the score about seven minutes into the second half, as Mizzou forward Alysha Bonnick scored her first goal of the spring, and Missouri's first of the day. Bonnick ran down a pass, getting to the ball near the top left corner of the box. She made a move past a Minnesota defender, and took a shot, which deflected off another Minnesota defender and went to the right of Minnesota goalkeeper Lindsey Dare.
Tiger forward Michelle Collins scored her second goal of the spring in the 61st minute, from a play that was set up beautifully by her teammates. Bonnick started it off, as she tracked down a ball on the near side by the end line. She passed it up to Kat Tarr, who started the game in the midfield for the Tigers. Tarr passed it across the top of the box to Collins, who took a hard shot. Dare saved Collins' first shot, but the rebound came right back to Collins, and she sent her second attempt into the net.
The Tigers could not feel bad about an unlucky bounce on Minnesota's corner kick that snuck through the defense and into the goal, that's because Mizzou's third goal came nearly the same way. In the 84th minute, Tiger midfielder Mo Redmond's corner kick sailed across the front of the goal. Dare got a hand on it when it reached the near side, but she was not able to secure it, and the ball went in the net for Mizzou's third and final goal.
"It was a hard-fought game," Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz
said after the team returned to Columbia. "It was a tale of two halves. Minnesota had a good first half, and we played a better second half. One of our goals is to play a complete 90 minutes of soccer and we will try to do that against Loyola next Saturday (April 19)."
Next Saturday's game, which is free and open to the public, will start at 1 p.m. and will be a part of a big weekend for Mizzou soccer. The rescheduled Mizzou Soccer Golf Tournament is set to start at 8 a.m., and the weekend is alumni weekend for the Tiger soccer program.
The Tigers and their fans hope the weather will cooperate for the big weekend, and according to the National Weather Service, it will. The NWS is forecasting much warmer weather, including a possible 70-degree high for next Saturday. That would be a welcome change from today's weather in Kansas City, where the temperatures stayed in the low-40's.