No. 15 Tigers Face No. 18 Baylor, San Diego This Weekend

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Sep 4, 2013

Mizzou vs. Baylor
When Sept. 6 | 4 p.m.
Location College Station, Texas | Ellis Field
Online Coverage GameTracker | StatBroadcast 
Game Notes Mizzou
Series History Mizzou leads 11-7-1
Last Meeting Mizzou 2, Baylor 2 (Mizzou 4-3 PKs) (Nov. 2, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas)
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Mizzou vs. San Diego
When Sept. 8 | 11 a.m.
Location College Station, Texas | Ellis Field
Online Coverage GameTracker | StatBroadcast
Game Notes Mizzou | San Diego
Series History San Diego leads 2-0
Last Meeting San Diego, Mizzou 1 (Aug. 19, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.)                       
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team travels to College Station, Texas, this weekend to compete in the Texas A&M Tournament. The Tigers (3-1) face former Big 12 Conference foe No. 18 Baylor (4-0) on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. and San Diego (3-1) on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m.

Live stats for both matches will be available on GameTracker and StatBroadcast (MizzouStats.com). The

Tigers hold an 11-7-1 series lead over the Bears. The last time the two teams played, the game ended in a 2-2 tie in the first round of the 2011 Big 12 Championship. Mizzou advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 edge in penalty kicks. San Diego is 2-0 all-time against the Tigers and defeated Mizzou 2-1 in the last meeting on Aug. 19, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.

Up Next
Mizzou returns home to host Eastern Illinois on Friday, Sept. 13 before traveling to Portland, Ore., for a game against Portland on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Last Time Out
Missouri went 2-0 on last weekend and outscored its opponents 7-0 in the two games.

The Tigers opened the weekend with a 4-0 defeat of SEMO on Friday, Aug. 30. Freshman Lauren Selaiden notched the first two goals of her collegiate career in the contest. Also tallying goals for Mizzou were senior Dominique Richardson and junior Kaysie Clark.

Two days later, Missouri traveled down I-70 to Kansas City, where the Tigers ousted UMKC 3-0. Freshman Melanie Donaldson recorded her first career goal when she posted the eventual game-winner in the second minute. Junior Taylor Grant and senior Alyssa Diggs also scored for the Tigers.

In the Rankings
The Mizzou soccer team is ranked 15th in this week's Bennett Rank. The squad entered the season ranked 19th by Bennett Rank, and has moved up two spots each week (17th in week two, currently 15th). The Tigers are also receiving votes in the Soccer Times and NSCAA/Continental Tire polls.

Tigers Spreading the Wealth
The Missouri offense has been a full team effort so far this season. Through four games in 2013, eight different Tigers have found the back of the net. That number is tops among all Southeastern Conference teams, ahead of Arkansas' seven.

Additionally, the Tigers have four different players with at least two goals (Taylor Grant, Kaysie Clark, Reagan Russel and Lauren Selaiden). That output ties Ole Miss as the most in the SEC.

Grant Picking up the Offense
Junior Taylor Grant entered her junior season with 10 career points, eight as a freshman in 2011 and two last year as a sophomore. She hit a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012, as she could not manage to find the back of the net after a four-goal freshman campaign.

Just four games into her junior season, however, Grant has been Mizzou's most consistent offensive weapon. She currently leads the team in points (eight) and goals (three), to go along with two assists. Her eight points matches her single-season best set in 2011.

The Freshman Join the Party
Three freshman notched their first collegiate points in Mizzou's games against SEMO and UMKC last weekend.

Midfielder Lauren Selaiden got things started with a pair of goals in Missouri's 4-0 win over SEMO on Aug. 30. The freshman tallied the team's second and fourth goals of the match.

Defender Erin Webb assisted on Missouri's third goal of the match for her first career point. She also notched a goal on Missouri's third and final goal against UMKC on Sept. 1.

Midfielder Melanie Donaldson notched Missouri's game-winning goal over UMKC in the second minute for her first career goal. She added the first assist of her career on Mizzou's final goal of the match.

Defense Holds Against SEMO and UMKC 
The Mizzou defense posted its first and second shutouts of the season last weekend, with a 4-0 blanking of SEMO on Aug. 30 and a 3-0 win over UMKC on Sept. 1.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein got credit for both victories. She played all 90 minutes against UMKC to earn the 13th shutout of her career and split time in goal with freshman Kristen Rivers against SEMO to share the shutout.

Sauerwein now needs one more shutout to tie Megan Duncan (2000-03) for second on MU's career shutout list with 14.

Nottingham Finds her Offense
Senior Danielle Nottingham is back in her comfort zone as the Frisco, Texas, native returns to her natural forward position in 2013.

She played forward her first two years at Mizzou, scoring eight goals and seven assists over the two years. Last season she moved to left back to help the Tigers in a position of need. She accumulated six points on one goal and four assists in 2012.

In just two games back at forward, Nottingham has nearly matched last year's scoring output with a goal and three assists for a team-best five points. She notched Mizzou's first goal of the year against Pacific, then assisted on the team's next two tallies of the game. Two days later, she assisted on junior Kaysie Clark's goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Memphis.

Nottingham's 34 career points are now just short of Alyssa Diggs' 39 among current players.

Russell Finds the Back of the Net
Sophomore Reagan Russell was a big reason the Tigers posted a 5-1 win over Pacific on Aug. 23 - the Sugar Land, Texas, native tallied two goals in the game.

Most importantly for Mizzou, Russell notched two goals in one game after going scoreless all of last season. Russell's goals were the first of her Tiger career, as she was scoreless on 23 shots a year ago.

Hignett Brings International Experience to the Tigers
The Mizzou soccer team gains international experience to its roster with the addition of freshman Rachel Hignett, a midfielder from Wales.

Hignett did not arrive in the States until last week, as she was representing Wales in the UEFA U-19 Championship. She started all three of Wales' games in the midfield. The newcomer is also a member of the Welsh Senior National Team after making her debut in January of 2013 against Greece.

Scouting Baylor 
Baylor enters Friday's matchup a perfect 4-0 on the season with wins over UTSA (5-0), Northwestern State (5-0), Washington (1-0) and SMU (2-0).

Freshman Ashley York leads the Bears with nine points on four goals and an assist in her first collegiate season. Sophomore Bri Campos is second on the squad with six points on two goals and two assists.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Michelle Kloss has started all four games in net and boasts a 0.00 goals against average and has made six saves on the year.

Scouting San Diego 
San Diego is 3-1 so far in 2013 with wins over San Jose State (5-1), UC Irvine (1-0) and Cal State Northridge (3-1) and a loss to Southern Cal (4-2).

Senior Emily Dillon and freshman Michaela Dooley have both tallied four goals so far for the Toreros to lead the team. Dillon also has an assist to lead San Diego with nine points. Freshman Jacqueline Altschuld has two goals and an assist for five points.

Sophomore keeper Michelle Craft has played every minute in goal and has a 1.50 goals against average.

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 (.638) and goals against average (1.14), third in wins (29), saves (210), shutouts (13) and games started in goal (41). Additionally, she ranks fourth in minutes in goal (4091:55) and games played in goal (47).

Sauerwin needs six more victories to tie Tasha Dittamore as Mizzou's all-time wins leader.


 

 

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