Soccer Returns Home to Close Out Non-Conference Schedule



Sept. 24, 2009

After a weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., the University of Missouri women's soccer (4-4-1) team returns to the friendly confines of Walton Stadium. The Tigers are set to face the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. and will open conference play against Oklahoma State (6-3-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last weekend, the Tigers competed in the UCLA Women's Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., against teams from Loyola-Marymount and UCLA.

On Friday, Sept. 18, Missouri played their opening match against Loyola-Marymount, and fell 1-0 at the hands of the Lions. The Tigers had multiple chances to go ahead in the first half, with their best opportunity to get on the board in the 20th minute when sophomore Mallory Stipetich's shot bounced before hitting the corner of the crossbar. Both teams would enter halftime scoreless, but the Lions would find the net in the 57th, when Lacey Bartels struck a header past goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore off of a Julie Gallaudet cross. The Tigers nearly evened the score in the 66th minute when sophomore Jessie Crabtree earned a penalty kick after being taken down in the box. Junior Alysha Bonnick stepped up to take the shot for the Tigers, but her attempt was thwarted by Loyola-Marymount goalkeeper Allyssa Clark. Clark was a solid in the net for LMU all game, stopping nine of the Tigers' 22 shots.

When Missouri took on No. 4 UCLA the following Sunday, the Bruins proved why they deserve their top-5 ranking. The 2008 College Cup finalists shot out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 13 minutes and never looked back in a 5-0 defeat of the Tigers. Striker Sydney Leroux opened scoring for UCLA in the second minute, followed by a Kara Lang header in the eight minute and a Kristina Larsen volley in the 14th minute. The Tigers got a chance to get on the board in the 12th minute when Bonnick found herself behind the Bruin defense, but her shot was saved by a diving Chante' Sandiford to preserve the clean sheet. UCLA would push their lead to 5-0 after goals from Kylie Wright in the 32nd minute and Larsen's second of the day in the 63rd. In what was a very physical contest, 22 total fouls were called and five cards were handed out as the Bruins played shorthanded the final 32 minutes following Leroux's ejection for an off-the-ball offense.



After this weekend's brief home stand, the Tigers are back on the road, this time taking a Big 12 tour of the Lone Star State. Missouri will face conference rivals Texas on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in Austin and Texas A&M on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m., a game which will be featured on ESPNU. Following the trip to Texas, the Tigers will return home for games against Colorado on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Texas Tech on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.

The Northern Iowa Panthers (2-4-2) are currently in the middle of a five-game stretch on the road. The Panthers are winless in their last four games, with their last victory coming on Sept. 4 in a 6-1 rout of UMKC. This past weekend, UNI went scoreless in both of their matches, a 2-0 defeat to Northern Illinois and a 3-0 loss to in-state rival Iowa.

Junior Chelsea Hochstedler leads the way for the Panthers with eight points in 2009 on the strength of four goals. Hochstedler also has 12 shots on goal to her credit as well as one game-winning goal, the second of UNI's six in their recent 6-1 victory over UMKC. Junior forward Nicole Ferlito has four points this season, with one goal and two assists so far this season. Eight different Panthers have found the back of the net this season for UNI, despite the fact that they have scored only once in their last four games.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Potzman has played every minute in net this season for the Panthers, compiling a 2-3-2 record and stopping 45 shots in the process. Potzman is currently sitting on a 1.41 goals against average, and has two shutouts to her credit in 2009. Head Coach James Price is in his first year as the head coach at UNI, and compiled a 88-117-15 record in 11 seasons prior.

Friday's match up will be the first ever meeting between the Missouri and Northern Iowa and will be Missouri's final non-conference game.

The Oklahoma State Cowgirls (7-3-0) are 3-1-0 in their last four games and have outscored opponents 9-1 in that stretch. This past weekend, the Cowgirls fell 1-0 to USC on Friday, Sept. 18, before routing Arkansas State 5-0 the following Sunday. Senior Siera Strawser leads the team in points with 10 after notching four goals and two assists in 2009, including two unassisted tallies in OSU's most recent victory over Arkansas State. Junior Annika Niemeier is in second in points with nine, contributing four goals and one assist of her own. The Cowgirls' potent offense has scored 22 goals already this season (2.4/game) and has outshot opponents 161-67 in 2009.

Freshman goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is 6-3 to begin her career, and has given up only four goals in those nine games. Franch has stopped 18 shots in 2009, and has four shutouts to her credit as well. Head Coach Colin Carmichael is currently in his fifth season at the helm, and has compiled a 65-19-13 record in his career with Oklahoma State.

Missouri holds the all-time series lead against OSU with a record of 8-5-1, but have not beaten the Cowgirls since 2005, a 3-0 victory in Columbia. Oklahoma State will face Kansas in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday at 7 p.m. before making the trip to Columbia for Sunday's game.

The University of Missouri women's soccer team is doing their part to clean up the environment by going green this weekend. Fans who bring two aluminum or plastic recyclable items will receive free admission to this weekend's games against Northern Iowa and Oklahoma State.

Several players are poised to make a move on the Mizzou Soccer record books this season in the career statistical categories. Andrighetto sits in fourth for game winning goals (nine), fifth in goals (30), and tied for fifth in career points (76). Michelle Collins is seventh in game winning goals (seven) and eighth in goals (22), points (60) and assists (16). Bonnick, as a junior, ranks third in game winning goals (10) and seventh in goals (23) and points (62).

Senior goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore has set herself apart with a standout 2008 season in net for the Tigers. She currently holds the top spot on the career charts in goals against (46), is tied for first shutouts (14), runner-up in win percentage (.727) and goals against average (1.04), and ranks third in wins (26) and sits in sixth in saves (139).

The Tigers return eight starters and 15 of 21 letter winners from their successful 2008 squad, but there are plenty of new faces as the Tigers kick off the 2009 campaign. Missouri signed one of its largest incoming classes in program history with the arrival of nine freshmen and a senior transfer for the 2009 season. Freshmen goalkeeper Jessica Gwin and freshman midfielder Haley Krentz were both named to TopDrawerSoccer's Top 100 Players to Watch, while Michelle Makasini comes to Columbia from LSU after earning TopDrawerSoccer All-American honors as a freshman and sophomore.

All told, the Tigers have a balance of 11 upperclassmen (seven seniors, four juniors) and 16 underclassmen (six sophomores, 10 freshmen) that hail from nine different states and Canada. Additionally, three new coaches will be on the sideline for the Tigers. Shaunna Daugherty, formerly an assistant at Illinois State, and Todd Shulenberger, from Clemson, join the Missouri coaching staff as assistants, while volunteer assistant Danny Graville enters his first season in charge of fitness and conditioning for the team.

In addition to the official news, photos, statistics, and more available on, the Missouri soccer program is complementing the team's coverage for all those who follow Mizzou Soccer Online. The supplementary sites include a Twitter account for instant updates on the team, a YouTube channel to post match footage and media coverage, a Facebook Fan Page for news and information, and which features a team blog, podcasts, and much more. The Tigers are excited to continue highlighting their program in the national spotlight via all of these resources and to provide up close and timely coverage of the team for fans, alumni, and recruits.

For the first time in program history, the Tigers were picked to finish first in the Big 12 Soccer Preseason Poll as voted on by the conference's coaches. Missouri and Texas A&M tied atop the league standings in cumulative voting points, with the Tigers receiving four of the 11 first place votes. 2008 Big 12 Championship runner-up Colorado came in third with 76 points, while `08 regular season champions Oklahoma State were tabbed fourth with 68 points. Perennial power Texas finished fifth, followed by Kansas, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, and Iowa State.

For the second year in a row, the Preseason All-Big 12 Team featured three Missouri Tigers. Seniors Crystal Wagner, Meghan Pfeiffer, and Andrighetto were all selected to the conference preseason team as voted on by league coaches. The three selections were the second most of any team, trailing only Texas A&M's four honorees. Andrighetto is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and Pfeiffer is a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection; both players received the recognitions their sophomore and junior seasons.

Junior striker Alysha Bonnick is in consideration for one of the top recognitions in the sport with the NSCAA's announcement of the 2009 Hermann Trophy Watch List. Bonnick is one of 45 players in the country on the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) list of potential award winners, and just one of five from the Big 12 conference. The Ontario, Canada native led Missouri in scoring last season with 26 points en route to earning Soccer Buzz All-America fourth team honors and All-Big 12 First Team accolades. Bonnick was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2007 after recording 32 points on 11 goals and 10 assists, all Missouri freshman records.

So far this season, Bonnick is second on the team in points with six, notching two assists and scoring two goals in 2009.

Pfeiffer, Wagner, and Collins all received call-ups to travel to England with the United States U-23 National Team in July for two games against the English U-23 National Team and a match versus the Reading women's club. Only Wagner was able to accept the invitation, and the senior co-captain appeared in all three matches for the USA while abroad. Wagner led a Tigers' defense that set school records in 2008 with 12 shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average, earning Soccer Buzz All-Central region second team and NSCAA/adidas All-Central region third team honors.

Mizzou soccer spectators will enjoy a new video board and sound system at Walton Stadium this season. Installed by Daktronics, Inc., the 21 feet by 12 feet, full color display is one of four new state-of-the-art displays to be added to Missouri athletic facilities. The board will be display match statistics, marketing information, and live scores, with video features expected to be added as the season progresses.

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