No. 10 Tigers Close Non-Conference Play Thursday at Ohio State

MUTIGERS.COM The Tigers close non-conference play against Ohio State on Thursday.
The Tigers close non-conference play against Ohio State on Thursday.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 10 Mizzou soccer team concludes non-conference play on Thursday, Sept. 6 when the team travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT).

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August 26, 2011
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Tigers Beat No. 7 Ohio State, 1-0
Sophomore Dominique Richardson's lone second half goal combined with goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein's five saves lifted the Missouri soccer team to 1-0 upset over No. 7 Ohio State Friday night at Walton Stadium.

Mizzou opens SEC play next weekend with road contests against Auburn on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and South Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT). The game against South Carolina will air live on ESPNU.

Mizzou posted two wins last weekend to improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season.

On Friday, Aug. 31, the Tigers defeated visiting Arizona State 4-1. Mizzou used two goals from junior Dominique Richardson and one each from sophomores Abi Raymer and Kaysie Clark en route to the victory. Sophomore goalie McKenzie Sauerwein made three saves.

Two days later, Missouri notched a 2-0 win over Tennessee Tech at Walton Stadium. The team went up 1-0 when senior Jessica Greer punched in a pass from junior Danielle Nottingham in the 30th minute. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin scored her fourth goal of the season in the 62nd minute for a 2-0 Tiger advantage. Senior Haley Krentz assisted on Adeshigbin's tally.

Mizzou outshot the Golden Eagles 34-2 in the game and had a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.

After wins over Arizona State and Tennessee Tech last weekend, the Tigers stayed steady at No. 10 by Soccer America but jumped to 13th in both the NSCAA and Soccer Times top-25 polls. Last week Mizzou ranked 18th and 20th, respectively, in those two polls.

Additionally, the NSCAA ranks Mizzou as the top team in the south region, ahead of SEC foes Texas A&M, Florida and Tennessee (all tied for second), Ole Miss (fifth), LSU (sixth), Auburn (seventh), Kentucky (eighth), Auburn (ninth) and Alabama (10th).

The Buckeyes enter Thursday's matchup with a 3-2 record on the year. The squad has reeled off three straight wins (over Northeastern, Maryland and Syracuse) after starting the year 0-2. Ohio State is averaging 1.2 goals per game, while allowing just 0.60 goals to its opponents.

Senior Tiffany Cameron paces the Buckeyes with three goals for six points, while senior Lauren Granberg has tallied two goals and an assist for five points.

Junior goalie Rachel Middleman has played the majority of the minutes in net and posts a 0.86 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.

Missouri has a perfect 5-0 record to start the season, including wins over ranked opponents Memphis and California. The start is the best since the 2006 season, when the Tigers went 7-0 to start the campaign.

Overall, the 2012 team is the third Tiger team ever to open the year 5-0, joining the 2006 squad and the 2001 team, which also went 5-0 to open the year.

Mizzou has stacked up well statistically with its fellow SEC teams so far this season. As a team, Mizzou is third in corners (8.2), tied for third in goals (16) and goals per game (3.2) and fourth in points (8.6) and assists (2.2).

On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz ranks first in assists (five) and is tied for first in assists per game (1.00). Sophomore Abi Raymer is tied for first in game-winning goals (two). Junior Danielle Nottingham ranks tied for fifth in assists (three) and tied for sixth in assists per game (0.60), while senior Taiwo Adeshigbin ranks seventh in points (nine) and points per game (1.80), is tied for seventh in goals (four) and goals per game (0.80).

Senior Haley Krentz has recorded an assist in each of Mizzou's first five games, giving the Naperville, Ill., native a team-high five on the season. Her total also ranks first in the SEC. She ranks tied for second on the team with seven points thanks to her five assists.

Krentz assisted on Mizzou's first goal of the season against Memphis, the second goal against UCSB, the game-winning goal at Cal, the Tigers' fourth and final goal against Arizona State and the second goal against Tennessee Tech.

Entering the fourth weekend of the season, Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC team. The Tigers have four players with at least six points, which is tied with Mississippi State for second in the league.

Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin leads with way with nine points on four goals and an assist. Sophomore Abi Raymer has seven points on three goals and an assist, while senior Haley Krentz also has seven points on one goal and five assists. Junior Alyssa Diggs ranks fourth with six points on three goals.

In all, nine different Tigers have recorded at least two points in the team's first nine games.

Since the start of the 2011 season, the Tigers have seen amazing success against non-conference opponents. Last season, Mizzou posted a 9-2 mark against non-league foes, which set a program record for most wins against non-conference foes in a season. With one more non-conference contest left in 2012, the Tigers have a perfect 5-0 record so far.

Dating back to last season, Missouri has a 14-2 record against non-conference schools, for a winning percentage of .875.



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