No. 21 Mizzou Opens SEC Action Friday, Plays Sunday on ESPNU

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou's game against South Carolina on Sunday will be televised on ESPNU.
Mizzou's game against South Carolina on Sunday will be televised on ESPNU.

Sept. 13, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 21 Mizzou soccer team hits the road to officially open Southeastern Conference action this weekend. The Tigers face Auburn on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. before facing South Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT). Sunday's matchup with the Gamecocks will be televised live on ESPNU.

Mizzou continues SEC action next weekend at Walton Stadium when the team hosts Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Tigers and Rebels meet up on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., while Mizzou faces the Commodores at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Mizzou concluded non-conference action on Thursday, Sept. 6, will a hard-fought 1-0 overtime loss to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

Play went back and forth for much of the game, with neither side gaining much of an advantage. Mizzou had near chances from junior Dominique Richardson and senior Jessica Greer at the end of the first half and regulation, respectively, but both shots narrowly missed the net.

The Buckeyes scored 24 seconds into the overtime session to claim the victory.

Both teams took 15 shots in the contest, while Missouri had an 8-7 corner kick advantage. Mizzou redshirt-sophomore goalie McKenzie Sauerwein made six saves.

Mizzou concluded non-conference play last week and ended the non-league slate with a 5-1 record, including wins against No. 13 Memphis and No. 15 California.

Over the past two season, the Tigers have compiled a 14-3 record against non-conference opponents, for a winning percentage of .824. In 2011, Missouri went 9-2 against non-league foes.

Mizzou has stacked up well statistically with its fellow SEC teams so far this season. As a team, Mizzou fourth in goals (16), goals per game (2.67), points (7.17) and corners (8.17).

On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz ranks first in assists (five) and is tied for first in assists per game (0.83). Sophomore Abi Raymer is tied for second in game-winning goals (two), while senior Taiwo Adeshigbin ranks tied for seventh in goals (four) and goals per game (0.67), is tied for eighth in points (nine).

Senior Haley Krentz has recorded an assist in five of Mizzou's six games, giving the Naperville, Ill., native a team-high five on the season. Her total ranks eighth nationally and leads 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 fifth 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.

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 six games.

Sunday's game against South Carolina marks the sixth time the Tigers have played on ESPNU since the 2008 season. The contest against the Gamecocks also marks the fourth road game Mizzou has played on the network. In its other three road games on ESPNU, Mizzou has a record of 2-0-1, with wins against Texas A&M (3-0 in 2008) and Oklahoma (5-2 in 2011), plus a tie with Texas A&M (4-4 in 2009).

The Tiger lineup is as balanced as they come with good mix of experienced veterans and younger players. Six games into the season, the senior class accounts for 19 starts, the junior class 14, the sophomore class 21 and the freshman class 12.

Auburn enters Friday's contest with a 4-3 record, and is coming off a 2-1 win against Texas Tech on Saturday. As a team, Auburn averages 1.43 goals per game, while allowing its opponents 1.00 goals per game.

Sophomore Tori Ball leads the home Tigers with three goals for six points on the sesaon. Sophomore Tatiana Coleman is second on the team with five points on one goal and three assists. Senior goalkeeper Amy Howard posts a 1.00 goals against average and a .767 save percentage on the season.

South Carolina enters SEC play with a 3-2-1 record on the year. The Gamecocks have picked up wins against East Carolina, Mercer and Jacksonville, lost to Minnesota and Clemson, and tied Milwaukee. As a team, South Carolina scores 1.50 goals per game, while allowing 0.50 goals per game to its opponents.

Freshman Coryn Bajema paces the Gamecocks with seven points on three goals and an assist. Freshman Courtney Angotti-Smith also has seven points on two goals and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo, a member of the Canadian U-20 Women's World Cup team, has played the last two games in net and has a 0.45 goals against average and .667 save percentage.



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