Sept. 8, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tigers travel to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to play in the Sun Devil Desert Classic. Mizzou opens up play with Arizona at 2 p.m. PT (4 p.m. CT) on Friday, Sept. 9, then will face host Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. CT) on Saturday, Sept. 11.
Missouri returns to Walton Stadium for a pair of non-conference matchups next weekend. On Friday, Sept. 16 the Tigers host the No. 8 Florida Gators in the annual "Play for Pink" game, where all proceeds will benefit the mid-Missouri's Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
MIZZOU INCREASES WINNING STREAK TO FIVE
The Tigers picked up two more wins last weekend to up their winning streak to five games after victories over Northern Arizona and TCU.
On Friday, Sept. 2, MU opened the weekend with an impressive 3-0 win over the Lumberjacks at Walton Stadium. Sophomore Dominique Richardson found the back of the net in the seventh minute after heading home a corner kick from classmate Danielle Nottingham. Freshman Taylor Grant added MU's second goal in the 27th minute off an assist from sophomore Alyssa Diggs, and sophomore Brooke Williams scored her first goal as a Tiger in the 73rd minute. Goalies McKenzie Sauerwein and Caroline Stanley combined to record the shutout.
Two days later, the Tigers picked up their first road victory of the season with a 2-0 win over TCU. Mizzou again got on the board early with a goal from sophomore Alyssa Diggs in the eighth minute. Grant notched her second goal of the weekend and her third goal of the seaoson in the 66th minute for the 2-0 final. Freshman Abi Raymer recorded assists on both goals against the Horned Frogs.
DEFENSE PLAYING STRONG
The Tiger defense has stepped up its game in the past two games, as Mizzou recorded two of the team's three shutouts. Freshman goalkeepers McKenzie Sauerwein and Caroline Stanley have split time in the net over the past two games and combined the two most recent shutouts.
In addition to Sauerwein and Stanley, the Mizzou backline of senior Mallory Stipetich and juniors Jessica Greer and Allison Hu have been stellar in helping Missouri preserve the shutouts. Both Stipetich and Hu have started all six games in the back, while Greer has started all but the season opener at San Diego.
TIGERS SCORING OFTEN
After notching just one goal in the season opener at San Diego, the Tiger offense has come alive, especially in the last three games. In MU's most recent games against Purdue, Northern Arizona and TCU, the Tigers have averaged 3.0 goals per game to up their season goal average to 2.6. In MU's first three games of the year, the team averaged just 2.0 goals per game, which included a four goal output against Eastern Illinois.
Through six games this season, the Tigers have scored 15 goals, with eight different players tallying at least one score. In fact, MU's first seven goals of the season were all scored by different players. Mizzou's seven goal scorers ranks second among all Big 12 schools, just behind Oklahoma State's eight.
The Tigers also have three different players (Alyssa Diggs, Taylor Grant and Dominique Richardson) who have scored three goals apiece. That number is tied with Texas A&M for most three-plus goal scorers in the conference.
Additionally, 10 different Tigers have recorded a point this year, which is tied for second among Big 12 teams.
Arizona enters Friday's matchup against Mizzou with an 0-4 record so far this season. The Wildcats have suffered losses to San Diego State (1-0), Pepperdine (2-0), South Carolina (1-0 in 2OT) and No. 20 BYU (2-0).
The Wildcats have yet to find the back of the net in 2011 but have only yielded six goals to their opponents. Ashley Jett has played every minute in goal so far and sports a 1.45 goals against average and a .778 save percentage.
Arizona is under the direction of second-year Head Coach Lisa Oyen, who has a record of 5-17-2 in her time with the Wildcats.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State enters the weekend with a record of 2-2 after winning its first two games of the year and dropping the last two. The teams' wins have come against Northern Arizona (7-0) and South Carolina (1-0), while the Sun Devils fell to No. 4 Virginia (3-0) and Old Dominion (3-1).
Freshman forward Alexandra Doller leads the squad with three goals for six points on the year, while junior Sierra Cook has notched two goals. Junior goalkeeper Alyssa Gillmore has played the majority of the Sun Devils' past two contests, and owns a 1.40 goals against average and a .667 save percentage.
Arizona State is under the direction of fifth-year Head Coach Kevin Boyd, who has a record of 38-34-12 in his time with the Sun Devils.
RICHARDSON EARNS NATIONAL ACCOLADES
Sophomore Dominique Richardson earned spots on Soccer America's National Team of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers following a four-point weekend against No. 7 Ohio State and Purdue.
Richardson notched the game-winner in MU's 1-0 upset over the Buckeyes on Aug. 26. The Fullerton, Calif., native put the Tigers on the board in the 51st minute and helped the defense hold on for the victory. Two days later against Purdue, Richardson gave Mizzou its first lead of the game, 2-1, after heading home a corner kick from Kelsey Mulcahy in the 51st minute.
Richardson was a member of the 2010 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team a year ago after notching nine points on three goals and three assists during her freshman season.
MU PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN BIG 12
The Missouri Tigers were picked to finish third in the 2011 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, as voted on by the league's head coaches. Oklahoma State took the top spot, while Texas A&M came in third place. Only 11 points separated Missouri and four other teams, including Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State were picked seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
PLENTY OF NEW FACES IN 2011
Of the 24 members of the 2011 Mizzou Soccer Team, 13 are new to the roster this season. Head Coach Bryan Blitz and assistants Todd Shulenberger and Shaunna Daugherty's recruiting glass was ranked the ninth-best in the nation according to BigSoccer.com. Additionally, TopDrawerSoccer.com named the class as one of their classes to watch.
Blitz also brought in four transfers this season. They include senior Alison Walsh (Drake), juniors Taiwo Adeshigbin (Georgia Perimeter College) and Allison Hu (Saint Louis) and sophomore Brooke Williams (Missouri State).
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