Sept. 25, 2013
|Mizzou vs. No. 7 Florida
||Sept. 29 | 1 p.m.
||Columbia, Mo. | Walton Stadium
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||Florida leads 4-0-1
||Florida 3, Mizzou 0 (Nov. 2, 2012 in Orange Beach, Ala.)
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team opens the home portion of its Southeastern Conference schedule as the Tigers host a pair of contests at Walton Stadium this weekend. Missouri takes on Georgia on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. before clashing with No. 7 Florida on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Sunday's match against the Gators will be televised live nationally on ESPNU with Sam Gore on play-by-play duties and Cat Whitehill serving as the analyst. The Tigers are 1-0 all-time against the Georgia Bulldogs, as Missouri took last year's meeting 2-1 in Athens. Florida holds a 4-0-1 mark over Mizzou, including a 3-0 win over the Tigers in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
This Weekend's Promotions
- Hometown Heroes Night - all Hometown Heroes receive free admission
- First 250 students with a valid I.D. will receive Mizzou Soccer sunglasses
- Gold Rush - Wear gold and receive $1 admission
- Youth Soccer Day - Free admission with your soccer jersey
- Dads and Daughters Night - Free admission for daughters when dad buys a ticket
The Tigers travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a matchup against Vanderbilt on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The match will be televised live on FSN. Mizzou then returns home to host Texas A&M on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
Despite torrential rain for the whole game, Mizzou opened SEC play with a 3-1 win at Mississippi State on Friday, Sept. 20.
Missouri got goals from junior Kaysie Clark, sophomore Macee Blanchard and freshman Lauren Selaiden in the victory. Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein made eight saves in net for the Tigers. Clark put Mizzou on top 1-0 in the ninth minute with a 30-yard blast for her fourth tally of the season. Blanchard notched her first career goal with just 12.9 second left in the first half for a 2-0 Tiger halftime edge.
After the Bulldogs pulled within one, 2-1, in the 79th minute, Selaiden headed home a corner kick two minutes later to put the Tigers ahead 3-1. It was the third goal of the season for Selaiden.
Georgia enters Friday's matchup with an impressive 8-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in SEC play. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 upset of No. 8 South Carolina on Sept. 20. On the season, Georgia's defense has been stout, allowing just three goals all year and just one goal in its last eight contests.
Freshman Marion Crowder leads the Bulldogs with seven goals and an assist for 15 points. Madeline Barker has assed three goals and two assists for eight points, while Rachel Garcia has tallied two goals and two assist for six points.
Caitlin Woody has played every minute in net for Georgia and boasts a 0.33 goals against average .897 save percentage and seven shutouts.
Florida comes into Walton Stadium with a 7-1-1 record and 1-0 in SEC action. The Gators lone loss came at the hands of then-No. 3 Florida State early in the season. Most recently, Florida opened SEC play with a 3-0 win over Alabama.
Freshman Savannah Jordan ranks second among all SEC players in both goals (10) and points (20). Havana Solaun is second on the squad with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
Goalkeeper Taylor Burke has played the majority of minutes in goal and carries a 0.30 goals against average, a .895 save percentage and four shutouts on the year.
Mizzou on ESPNU
Sunday's matchup with the Gators marks Mizzou's seventh game televised on ESPNU since the 2008 season. During that span, the Tigers own a 3-2-1 mark on the network.
Below is a breakdown of Mizzou's history on ESPNU:
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In the Rankings
The Tigers come in at No. 24 in this week's BennettRank.
Georgia entered the Soccer America poll at No. 19 this week and is receiving votes in both the NSCAA/Continental Tire and Soccer Times polls.
Florida clocks in at No. 7 in the NSCAA poll, is eighth in Soccer Times, ninth in TopDrawer and 11th in Soccer America.
Tigers Feature SEC's Most Balanced Offense
The Missouri offense has been a full team effort through the first nine games of the season. The Tigers have gotten goals from 10 different players so far, including five players who have scored at least three goals and two who have tallied at least four.
Mizzou's 10 players who have found the back of the net is tied for first with Arkansas among all SEC squad's.
The five players who have notched at least three goals (Kaysie Clark, Melanie Donaldson, Taylor Grant, Reagan Russell and Lauren Selaiden) is tops among all SEC teams. Ole Miss ranks second with four three-goal scorers.
Additionally, Mizzou has two players (Clark and Grant) who have notched four goals in 2013. That number is tied with four SEC teams for first in the league.
Mizzou Finding the Back of the Net
The Tigers have tallied 23 goals through nine games in 2013, for an average of 2.56 goals per contest. Both numbers rank second in the SEC, just behind Ole Miss's 28 goals and 2.80 goals per game. Missouri also ranks tied for second in the league in both assists (19) and assists per game (2.11).
Last season, Mizzou had 21 goals and 15 assists through its first nine games.
The Tigers' offensive output has been a pleasant surprise, as the team lost four of the top five scorers from a year ago. So far juniors Kaysie Clark and Taylor Grant have led the offense with four goals and two assists apiece. Three more Tigers have scored three goals: sophomore Reagan Russell and freshmen Melanie Donaldson and Lauren Selaiden.
Donaldson Strikes Early
Freshman Melanie Donaldson has notched three goals during her inaugural campaign with the Tigers, which is tied for second on the team. However, all three of Donaldson's tallies share a theme: all were scored in the second minute of play.
Donaldson posted her first collegiate goal against UMKC, when the midfielder headed in a corner just 1:39 into the match. On Sept. 13, she put Missouri up 1-0 1:49 into the game against Eastern Illinois after she collected a rebound in the box. At Portland on Sept. 15, she struck just 1:13 into the match on a similar play to the Eastern Illinois goal.
Mizzou in Conference Openers
With Mizzou's 3-1 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 20, the Tigers now own a 12-6 all-time mark in conference openers. The victory also improved the team's mark to 6-1 since the 2007 season.
Missouri is now 2-0 all-time in SEC openers, thanks to a 2-0 win over Auburn last season. The Tigers were 10-6 in conference openers while a member of the Big 12 Conference.
Sauerwein Creeping up the Charts
In just two seasons, redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein already has her name scattered throughout the Mizzou record book.
The North Richland Hills, Texas, native ranks second all-time at Missouri in win-loss record (.615, is tied for second in shutouts (14), ranks third in wins (31), saves (235), goals against average (1.19) and games started in goal (46). Additionally, she ranks fourth in minutes in goal (4551:12) and games played in goal (52).
Sauerwin needs four more victories to tie Tasha Dittamore as Mizzou's all-time wins leader.