Oct. 2, 2013
|Mizzou at Vanderbilt
||Oct. 4 | 7 p.m.
||Nashville, Tenn. | Vanderbilt Soccer Complex
||Fox Sports Midwest | SouthSouth | ESPN3 | GameTracker | StatBroadcast
||Mizzou leads 2-0-1
||Mizzou 2, Vanderbilt 0 (Sept. 23, 2012 in Columbia, Mo.)
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 23 Mizzou soccer team (6-5, 2-1 SEC) plays a pair of conference matches this weekend, as the Tigers travel to face Vanderbilt (3-6-2, 0-3 SEC) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 in a game televised live on Fox Sports Midwest. Mike Hogewoody will serve as the play-by-play announcer and Katie Witham will be the color analyst.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Missouri returns home to host Texas A&M at 1 p.m. at Walton Stadium. The game is Mizzou’s annual Pack the Park and Play for Pink promotions. The first 750 fans will receive either pink Mizzou Soccer sunglasses or a free pink t-shirt.
Live stats for both matches will be available at MizzouStats.com and GameTracker. Sunday’s match will also be streamed live for Mizzou Network subscribers.
The Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a matchup against LSU on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Mizzou soccer team got a goal from junior Kaysie Clark in the ninth minute and held on to record a 1-0 upset of No. 7 Florida Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium.
The Gators finished the game with a 21-10 advantage in shots, including a 12-3 edge in the second half, but the Tiger defense held strong to post its fourth shutout of the season.
In the ninth minute, senior Danielle Nottingham sent a cross into the box from the right corner. Clark ran onto the pass, took a touch and calmly struck a right-footed shot that flew into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 Mizzou lead. The tally was Clark’s team-leading fifth of the season, while Nottingham recorded her fourth assist in just four games in 2013.
Florida came out firing in the second half as the Gators put continuous pressure on the Tiger defense. The visitor’s best chances came in the 73rd and 74th minutes, when successive Gator shots clanged off the crossbar and post.
Mizzou packed its defensive box in the waning minutes as Florida took its last-ditch efforts to tally an equalizer. The Tigers defense stood strong for the 1-0 final score. Redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein made four saves in goal for the Tigers to post her third shutout of the season.
Vanderbilt enters Friday’s contest with a 3-6-2 overall mark and a 0-3 record in SEC play. The Commodores are coming off a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday. The squad has scored 24 goals for a an average of 2.18 per game, while giving up 29 goals on the year.
Cheyna Williams paces the Commodores with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. Simone Charley Simone has four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Goalkeeper Olivia Liebman has started all but one game in net for Vanderbilt and has a 2.65 goals against average and a .654 save percentage.
Series with Vanderbilt
The Tigers own a 2-0-1 all-time mark over the Commodores, including a 2-0 win in Columbia in 2012. This game marks the first game non-preseason game in Nashville between the two squads.
Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M owns a 7-3-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in conference action so far and is coming off an 11-goal output in wins over Mississippi State (8-0) and Vanderbilt (3-0).
Shea Groom leads the Aggies with eight goals for 16 points. Kelley Monogue has added six goals and an assist for 13 points.
Goalkeeper Jordan Day has started every game in goal and boasts a 0.71 goals against average and a .814 save percentage.
Series with Texas A&M
Texas A&M leads the all-time series 13-6-1 and posted a 2-1 overtime win in the 2012 regular season finale (in a game TopDrawerSoccer called the seventh-best match of the season).
The teams are tied at 4-4 in games played in Columbia. The last time Mizzou and A&M faced off in Columbia, the Tigers pulled out a 1-0 win on Sept. 30, 2011, as junior Kaysie Clark, then a freshman, tallied the first goal of her collegiate career.
Tigers Upset No. 7 Florida
Mizzou’s 1-0 win over No. 7 Florida marked the Tigers’ first win over a ranked opponent in 2013, and the first victory over a top-10 foe since 2011.
The last time Missouri defeated a top-10 team was a 1-0 win over No. 7 Ohio State on Aug. 26, 2011, in Columbia. Current senior Dominique Richardson tallied the game-winner in that contest.
The win over Florida also marked the first ever victory for the Tigers over the Gators. Florida entered the game with a 4-0-1 record against Missouri. Two of those Gator wins came in 2012, when Florida posted a 2-1 home win over the Tigers on Oct. 12 and a 3-0 win in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.
Clark Gets Aggressive
One of Mizzou’s most skilled players, junior Kaysie Clark spent the majority of her first two years with the program as the offense’s point guard. The Liberty, Mo., native often would pass up open shots to dish off to her teammates.
In her junior campaign, Clark is finally taking those shots when they arise. She currently leads the team with 12 points and five goals, to go along with two assists. Her most recent tally was an important one, the eventual game-winner in Mizzou’s upset of No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29.
Her five goals so far this season are already a career best for her, bettering the four tallies she set last season as a sophomore in 19 games.
Nottingham Back to Her Old Self
After missing seven matches due to injury, senior forward Danielle Nottingham returned to the field on Sept. 27 against Georgia. The Frisco, Texas, native started the match and played 59 minutes. She then saw 52 minutes of action and played an integral part in Mizzou’s 1-0 upset over No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29.
The senior assisted on Missouri’s game-winning goal over the Gators to record her team-leading fourth assist of the year despite playing in only four matches. Her six total points ranks tied for sixth on the squad while playing almost a third less contests than her teammates.
Nottingham played Mizzou’s first two games in 2013 and notched a goal and three assists against Pacific and Memphis. She injured her knee in the second half against Memphis on Aug. 25 and missed Missouri’s next seven games.
Georgia Shuts Out Tigers, a Recent Rarity
Mizzou’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Georgia on Sept. 29 marked the first time the Tigers were shut out in 2013. The squad entered the Sept. 27 matchup with 23 goals on the year, which ranked second in the SEC. Before Georgia, the last team to shutout the Tigers was Florida, with a 3-0 in the semifinals of the 2012 SEC Tournament.
In fact, the shutout marked just the second time Missouri was shutout over its last 20 games, dating back to a 2-1 OT win over Kentucky on Oct. 5, 2012.
Tigers Feature One of the SEC's Most Balanced Offenses
The Missouri offense has been a full team effort through the first 11 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.
The five players who have notched at least three goals (Kaysie Clark, Melanie Donaldson, Taylor Grant, Reagan Russell and Lauren Selaiden) ranks second among all SEC teams. Ole Miss leads the league with six three-goal scorers.
Additionally, Mizzou has two players (Clark and Grant) who have notched at least four goals in 2013.
Sauerwein Creeping up the Charts
In less than three 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 (.611) and shutouts (15), tied for second in wins (32), third in saves (252), goals against average (1.16), games started in goal (48) and minutes in goal (4731:12). Additionally she ranks fourth in games played in goal (54).
Sauerwin needs three more victories to tie Tasha Dittamore as Mizzou’s all-time wins leader.