No. 15 Mizzou Opens Home SEC Slate Friday

Mizzou hosts Ole Miss in the SEC home opener on Friday

Mizzou hosts Ole Miss in the SEC home opener on Friday

Sept. 20, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 15 Mizzou soccer team opens home SEC play this weekend as the team Packs the Park against Ole Miss on Friday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The first 500 fans will receive free t-shirts and all tickets are just $1. The Tigers then host Vanderbilt on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.

This Weekend's Promotions

Pack the Park: Help break the attendance record - all tickets $1
Gold Rush: WEAR GOLD!
Youth Club Night:Free admission to youth wearing their team jersey

Web Wednesday: All tickets are $1 when you bring this voucher
Scout Day:All Boy or Girl scouts in uniform will receive free admission. Additionally, parents and guest will receive $2 admission.

Mizzou hits the road next weekend for a pair of road conference contests. First, the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., on Friday, Sept. 28 to face Georgia at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). Then Mizzou heads to Knoxville, Tenn., on Sunday, Oct. 30 for a 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT) game against Tennessee.

Mizzou opened Southeastern Conference play on the road with a pair of wins at Auburn (2-0) and South Carolina (1-0).

Against Auburn, sophomore Kaysie Clark and senior Haley Krentz each scored goals to lead the visiting Tigers to victory. Redshirt sophomore McKenzie Sauerweinmade a season high eight saves in goal.

Two days later in front of a national television audience, junior Dominique Richardsonnetted the game-winning goal with two minutes left in regulation against South Carolina. The Tigers completely dominated the second half, outshooting the Gamecocks 14-1 in the frame.

The Tigers moved up in all three major polls after two wins last weekend. Soccer Times ranks Mizzou at 15th, while the Tigers are ranked 16th by the NSCAA and 19th by Soccer America.

Additionally, Mizzou is ranked second in the NSCAA's South Region, behind just Texas A&M. The Tigers are ahead of SEC teams Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt in the poll.

Mizzou's 7-1 start to the 2012 is tied for the best start in school history. The 2006 and 2011 squads also started their seasons 7-1, however both teams lost their ninth game of the year.

The Tigers are also 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2007.

Senior defender Allison Huearned national honors this week when she was one of 10 players named a Primetime Performers.

The St. Charles, Mo., native helped Mizzou earn its first two SEC wins last weekend with road wins at Auburn (2-0) and South Carolina (1-0). She played all 90 minutes of both games and was an integral part of a Mizzou defense that posted its third and fourth shutouts of the season against the Tigers and Gamecocks. Against Auburn on Friday night, Hu saved an Auburn shot off the goal line to preserve the shutout. In Sunday's game against South Carolina, Hu and the rest of the Mizzou defense held the Gamecocks to just one shot in the second half.

Hu has started all eight games and played every minute this season at defender. In her two years as a Tiger after transferring from Saint Louis, Hu has started all 29 of Mizzou's games, played every minute of 26 games, and helped the Tiger defense record 10 shutouts.

Mizzou concluded non-conference play with a 5-1 record, including wins against No. 13 Memphis and No. 15 California.

Over the past two seasons, 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 ranks third in goals per game (2.38), tied for third in goals (19), fourth in goals against average (0.62) and corners (7.88) and tied for fourth in goals allowed (five).

On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz ranks tied for first in assists (five) and is second in assists per game (0.62). Sophomore Abi Raymer and junior Dominique Richardson are tied for fourth in game-winning goals (two) and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerweinis tied for third in shutouts (four) and fourth in shutouts per game (0.50).

The Missouri defense has stepped its play to a new level in the last four contests. In Mizzou's last four games, the Tigers have allowed just one goal, three shutouts and a goals against average of 0.25. In Missouri's first four games, the team allowed four goals, had one shutout and had a goals against average of 1.00.

Eight games into the season, Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC. The Tigers have five players with at least six points and six players with at least four points.

Seniors Taiwo Adeshigbin and Haley Krentz lead the way with nine point apiece. Adeshigbin has her points on four goals and an assist, while Krentz has two goals and five assists. Sophomore Abi Raymer has eight points on three goals and two assists. Juniors Alyssa Diggs and Dominique Richardsonare tied for fourth on the team with six points with three goals each.

In all, 11 different Tigers have recorded at least one point in the team's first eight games.

Sunday's game against South Carolina marked the sixth time the Tigers played on ESPNU since the 2008 season. The contest against the Gamecocks also marked the fourth road game Mizzou has played on the network. With its 1-0 win over South Carolina, Mizzou now has a record of 3-0-1 in road ESPNU games, 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. Eight games into the season, the senior class accounts for 25 starts, the junior class 18, the sophomore class 29 and the freshman class 16.

Ole Miss enters Friday's matchup with an 8-1 overal record and a 1-1 mark in SEC play. The Rebels won their first eight games of the year before falling 4-0 to Texas A&M on Sunday. As a team, Ole Miss averages a league best 3.33 goals per game, while allowing 0.89 goals per game it its opponents.

Juniors Mandy McCalla and Rafaella Souza pacesthe Rebels with 21 points on nine goals and three assists apiece. Freshman Olivia Harrison ranks third on the team with 11 points on five goals and an assist.

Sophomore goalie Kelly McCormick has started all nine games in goal and posts a 1.00 goals against average and a .771 save percentage.

Vanderbilt is 3-3-3 on the year and is coming off a pair of ties to open SEC play a week ago. As a team, the Commodores average 1.33 goals per game, while allowing opponents to score 1.00 goals per game

Freshman Cheyna Williams leads the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Senior Dana Schwartz is second with three goals and an assist for seven points. Sophomore keeper Alexa Levick has started all nine games in goal and posts a 0.97 goals against average and a .791 save percentage.



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