Kaysie Clark and the Tigers face Georgia and Tennessee on the road this weekend
Sept. 26, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 9 Mizzou soccer team hits the road this weekend for a pair of SEC contests. The Tigers face Georgia on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT), followed by a 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT) game against Tennessee on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Mizzou returns home to Walton Stadium next weekend as the team hosts Kentucky and Mississippi State. The Tigers take on the Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with the Bulldogs on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou continued SEC play with a pair of wins last weekend. The Tigers defeated Ole Miss 2-1 and Vanderbilt 2-0.
The Tigers scored two second half goals against the Rebels to earn the victory. Sophomore Abi Raymer tied the match at 1-1 in the 63rd minute and redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn scored her first career goal in the 79th minute to give Mizzou the victory.
Two days later, Mizzou got a first half goal from senior Jessica Greer and a second half tally from senior Taiwo Adeshigbin in the win. Over the course of the game, Mizzou outshot the Commodores 39-6 and had a 15-3 corner kick advantage.
MIZZOU IN THE RANKINGS
The Tigers moved up in all three major polls after two wins last weekend. Soccer Times ranks Mizzou ninth, while the Tigers are ranked 11th by the NSCAA and 15th by Soccer America. Missouri also comes in ninth nationally and first among SEC teams in the first RPI rankings of the season.
Additionally, Mizzou is ranked second in the NSCAA's South Region, behind just Texas A&M.
TIGERS OFF TO BEST START IN TEAM HISTORY
Mizzou's 9-1 start to the 2012 season marks the best start in program history. This is the first time the Tigers have nine wins in their first 10 games of a season. The 2011, 2007 and 2006 teams all went 8-2 in their first 10 games.
Additionally, Mizzou is 4-0 in conference play for just the second time in school history and the first time since 2007. The Tigers have never opened conferece action 5-0.
TIGERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
Mizzou has stacked up well statistically with its fellow SEC teams so far this season. As a team, Mizzou ranks second in shots (217) and corners (88), tied for second in goals allowed (six), third in goals per game (2.3) and goals against average (0.60) and tied for third in goals (23).
On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz leads the league in assists (six) and assists per game (0.60). Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin ranks tied for sixth in goals (five) and is seventh in goals per game (0.50). Three Tigers are tied for fourth in game-winning goals with two: senior Jessica Greer, junior Dominique Richardson and sophomore Abi Raymer. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein ranks tied for second in shutouts (five), third in save percentage (.857) and shutouts per game (0.50).
FLYNN HONORED BY SEC
Redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Monday, becoming the second Mizzou player to win the award.
Flynn, a native of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., scored Missouri's game-winning goal in Mizzou's 2-1 comeback win over Ole Miss on Friday evening. The 79th minute tally was the first of her collegiate career. She played all 90 minutes against the Rebels on Friday and 86 minutes in the Tigers' shutout of Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Mizzou boasts two Tigers who hail from the state of Georgia. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin is from Lawrenceville, which is just over 40 miles from Athens, while redshirt freshman Brittany Conley hails from Marietta, Ga., which is about 75 miles from Athens.
Additionally, Director of Soccer Operations Carrie Patterson played for the Bulldogs from 2006-09 and still stands as Georgia's all-time leading scorer.
MIZZOU'S OFFENSE SHARES THE WEALTH
Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC, as the Tigers have six players with at least six points and seven players with at least five points.
Seniors Taiwo Adeshigbin leads the way with 11 points on five goals and an assist. Senior Haley Krentz has two goals and five assists. Sophomore Abi Raymer has eight points on three goals and two assists. Juniors Alyssa Diggs and Dominique Richardson are tied for fourth on the team with six points with three goals each.
In all, 12 different Tigers have recorded at least one point.
DEFENSE STOUT OF LATE
The Missouri defense has stepped its play to a new level in the last six contests. In Mizzou's last six games, the Tigers have allowed just two goals, recorded four shutouts and has a goals against average of 0.33. In Missouri's first four games, the team allowed four goals, had one shutout and had a goals against average of 1.00.
TIGERS FEATURE BALANCED LINEUP
The Tiger lineup is as balanced as they come with good mix of experienced veterans and younger players. So far this season, the senior class accounts for 31 starts, the junior class 22, the sophomore class 37 and the freshman class 20.
Georgia enters Friday's matchup with a 5-5-1 overall record and a 1-2-1 mark in SEC action. The Bulldogs are coming off two road losses last weekend, a 2-1 loss at Alabama and a 4-1 loss at Florida.
Redshirt freshman Bella Hartley paces the team with eight points on four goals, while junior Meghan Gibbons has six points on three goals. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Baker has started all but one game and posts a 1.15 goals against average, .810 save percentage and a 4-5-1 record.
Tennessee is 7-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 on the season. The Lady Vols are coming off a 6-0 win over Mississippi State last Sunday and a 2-1 loss at Florida last Friday.
Sophomore Iyana Moore leads the squad with four goals and three assists for 11 points. Senior Kylie Bono has three goals and three assists for nine points, while a trio of Tennessee players (senior Amy Harrison, sophomore Hannah Wilkinson and junior Carolina Brown) all have eight points apiece. Sophomore goalie Julie Eckel has started all 11 games in net and posts a 0.56 goals against average, .846 save percentage and has four shutouts on the season.
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