Aug 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2013 Mizzou soccer team officially opens its 18th season with the kickoff of the the 2013 campaign on Friday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 25. It will be a battle of Tigers this weekend as Missouri takes on the Pacific Tigers on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Walton Stadium, before heading to Memphis, Tenn., to face the Memphis Tigers on Sunday 1 p.m.
Friday’s match will be streamed live on MUTigers.tv to subscribers. Live stats will be available on GameTracker and StatBroadcast (MizzouStats.com). Stats for Sunday’s game will be available on GameTracker.
The Tigers are 10-7 in season openers, including last year’s 5-1 victory over Memphis on Aug. 17, 2012 in Columbia.
- The first 200 Mizzou students will receive a free rally towel OR koozie
- Friday starts Mizzou’s Fan Loyalty promotion, with the chance to win a free television. Fans will receive a punch card and get punches for every home game attended throughout the season. Those with at least six punches are entered to win the television, which will be chosen on Senior Day against Tennessee on Sunday, October 27. You do not have to be in attendance to win.
Mizzou faces a pair of in-state rivals next weekend. The squad hosts SEMO on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m., then travels to Kansas City to square off against UMKC on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Mizzou soccer team used goals from senior Brooke Williams, junior Kaysie Clark and sophomore Reagan Russell to propel the Tigers to a 3-2 exhibition win over SMU Saturday evening at Walton Stadium. The match was the Tigers’ lone exhibition contest of the preseason.
Russell put the Tigers on the board in the 44th minute, off a feed from freshman Lauren Selaiden. Clark added Mizzou’s second goal in the 55th minute after a pass from junior Taylor Grant, and Williams took a pass from senior Danielle Nottingham and tallied the team’s third goal in the 87th minute.
Missouri picked to finish Fourth in the SEC Eastern Division
The Tigers were selected to finish fourth in the Eastern Division in the SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced on July 23.
Florida was selected tops in the Eastern Division by garnering 89 total points (11 first-place votes). Kentucky and Tennessee (three first place votes) tied for second in the East with 71 points each. Following Mizzou were South Carolina (42 points), Georgia (30) and Vanderbilt (26).
Texas A&M was picked first in the Western Division with 91 total points (13 first-place votes), ahead of LSU’s 67 points (one first-place vote). Auburn placed third with 62 points, followed by Alabama (59), Ole Miss (52), Arkansas (33) and Mississippi State (21).
Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.
Diggs Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Senior forward Alyssa Diggs was selected as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer, announced on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The award, which honors both on and off field excellence, is eligible to senior Division I student-athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Diggs is one of 30 women’s soccer candidates and the only female student-athlete from the Southeastern Conference.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Cup® championship in December.
Diggs, Richardson Named Among TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 100 Upperclassmen
Mizzou soccer seniors Alyssa Diggs and Dominique Richardson were both named among Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s National Top 100 Upperclassmen recently. Diggs clocked in at No. 62 and Richardson was No. 82.
Diggs and Richardson enter their senior seasons on the heels of All-Southeastern Conference first team honors in 2012. Additionally, Richardson earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region second team, while Diggs was named to the third team.
As a junior in 2012, Coppell, Texas, native Diggs paced the Tigers with 17 points on eight goals and an assist despite missing five games due to injury. She earned weekly honors from the SEC, CollegeSoccer360 and College Sports Madness during the year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team following the season. Also an All-Big 12 Conference first team selection in 2011, Diggs stands as only the third Tiger to earn two all-conference honors in her career. She enters her senior season with 36 points on 14 goals and eight assists.
Richardson, who hails from Fullerton, Calif., notched four goals and an assist in 2012 as a junior. Three of her four goals were game-winners, including tallies in the final minutes against South Carolina and Alabama. Richardson was an All-Big 12 second team selection in 2011 and a member of the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team in 2010. Over her career, Richardson has started all of Mizzou’s 62 games and has 30 points on 13 goals and four assists.
Two Games to be Televised in 2013
The Mizzou soccer team will appear on television twice during the 2013 season, as announced by the Southeastern Conference on Aug. 14.
Missouri’s home contest against the Florida Gators on Sunday, Sept. 29 will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU at 1 p.m. CT. The game will also be streamed live on WatchESPN. This marks the sixth consecutive season the Tigers will appear on ESPNU. Last season, Mizzou defeated South Carolina 1-0 and fell to No. 13 Texas A&M in overtime, 2-1, on the network.
Additionally, the Tigers’ game at Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. CT. will be televised live on FOX Sports. Originally slated for 6 p.m. CT, the game time has been moved to accommodate TV. The FOX broadcast will be made available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN but is subject to territory blackouts.
2013 Roster Full of Familiar Faces, New Additions
The 2013 Mizzou soccer team is a mixture of faces familiar to Tiger fans and newcomers waiting to make names for themselves.
The Tigers return eight starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2012 team that finished the year 14-7-1 and earned the program’s fifth NCAA Tournament berth. Missouri also returns three Tigers who earned All-SEC honors a year ago: senior Alyssa Diggs (All-SEC first team), senior Dominique Richardson (All-SEC first team) and sophomore Candace Johnson (SEC All-Freshman Team). Additionally, redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein played every minute in goal in 2012 to boast a 1.07 GAA.
Joining the Tigers in 2013 are seven newcomers, who hail from six different states and one foreign country. The newcomers are: midfielder Melanie Donaldson (Florissant, Mo.), midfielder Rachel Hignett (Llandough, Wales), defender Jasmine Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), midfielder KC Morris (Elmhurst, Ill.), goalkeeper Kristen Rivers (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and defender Erin Webb (Castle Rock, Colo.)
The Pacific Tigers return to the West Coast Conference in 2013 after a 3-14-1 season in the Big West Conference in 2012.
The squad returns its top three scorers from a year ago: Marciela Padilla (six goals), Brittni Beeman (four) and Zarette Munoz-Aquilar (two).
Keepers Tashia Long and Kathrine Larsen split time in net for the Tigers in 2012. Long started eight games, while Larsen started 10.
Memphis enters its first season in the American Athletic Conference on the heels of a 10-8-1 campaign a year ago.
Senior Christabel Oduro paced the Tigers with 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists as a junior in 2012. She was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-C-USA first team. Memphis also returns its second and third leading scorers: Kylie Davis (16 points on five goals and six assists) and Kaitlyn Atkins (14 points on four goals and six assists).
Sophomore goalie Christa Strickland started 16 starts in goal in 2012 and posted a .766 save percentage and a 1.37 goals against average. She also recorded two shutouts.
Series With Memphis
Mizzou leads the all-time series with Memphis 2-0. The last time the two teams met Missouri defeated Memphis 5-1 in the 2012 season opener (Aug. 17). Current Tigers Candace Johnson, and Alyssa Diggs each scored in the match, with Diggs tallying two goals.
The two teams also met on Aug. 31, 2001, when Mizzou prevailed 3-2.
This marks the first clash between the two teams in Memphis.
Sauerwein Creeping up the Charts
In just two seasons, redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein already has her name scattered throughout the Mizzou record book.
The North Richland Hills, Texas, native ranks second all-time at Missouri in win-loss record (.628), third in goals against average (1.18), saves (205), shutouts (12) and games started in goal (41). Additionally, she ranks fourth in victories (26), minutes in goal (3742:01) and games played in goal (43).
If Sauerwein wins nine games during the 2013 campaign, she will become Mizzou’s all-time wins leader. She needs just one more to tie for third place and six more to tie for second.