Oct. 4, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 16 Mizzou soccer team returns to Walton Stadium this weekend as the Tigers host Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Mississippi State on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Friday's game is the team's Hometown Heroes and Breast Cancer Awareness contest. All police, fire, EMS, military and other emergency personnel receive FREE admission with a valid ID, while all fans who wear pink receive $1 admission. Additionally, fans will receive free camo t-shirts. Fans who wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness will receive $1 admission.
Mizzou travels to Gainesville, Fla., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a pair of conference clashes next weekend. The Tigers take on Florida at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) on Friday, Oct. 12, before facing Alabama at Noon CT on Sunday, Oct. 14.
LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou went 1-1 last weekend, with a 2-1 win at Georgia on Sept. 28 and a 1-0 loss at Tennessee on Sept. 30.
Against Georgia, sophomore Abi Raymer put the Tigers up early in the first half before the Bulldogs tied the score at 1-1 before the half. Just four minutes into the second frame, junior Alyssa Diggs notched her fourth goal of the year, which stood as the eventual game-winner.
Two days later, Tennessee notched the game's only goal in the 58th minute. The Tigers had multiple attempts to tie the game, including a shot off the crossbar from junior Dominique Richardson and a goal disallowed after an offsides call, but could not find the back of the net.
MIZZOU IN THE RANKINGS
The Tigers stands at 16th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, 17th in the Soccer Times poll and 24th in Soccer America's poll.
Additionally, Mizzou is ranked third in the NSCAA's South Region, behind Texas A&M and Florida.
TIGERS OFF TO ONE OF BEST STARTS IN TEAM HISTORY
Mizzou's 10-2 start to the 2012 season ties the best start in program history. This is only the second time and the first since 2007 that the Tigers have 10 wins in their first 12 games of a season.
Additionally, Mizzou's win over Georgia on Sept. 28 gave the team 5-0 start in conference play for the first time in team history.
TIGERS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
Mizzou has stacked up well statistically with its fellow SEC teams so far this season. As a team, Mizzou leads the league in shots (255), tied for first in corners (99), third in goals allowed (eight) and goals against average (0.67), fourth in goals per game (2.08) and tied for fourth in shutouts (five).
On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz ranks tied for first in assists (six) and second in assists per game (0.50), junior Alyssa Diggs is tied for sixth in goals per game (0.50), senior Taiwo Adeshigbin ranks tied for sixth in shots per game (3.33), seven in shots (40) and tied for ninth in goals (five). Sophomore Abi Raymer ranks tied for ninth in goals (five). Raymer, senior Jessica Greer and junior Dominique Richardson all rank tied for fourth in game-winning goals (two). Redshirt sophomore goalie McKenzie Sauerwein is tied for second in shutouts (five), third in save percentage (.846), tied for third in shutouts per game (0.42) and fourth in goals against average (0.67)
MIZZOU'S POTENT OFFENSE A BALANCED ATTACK
Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC, as the Tigers have three players with at least 10 points, six players with at least six points and seven players with at least five points.
Sophomore Abi Raymer leads the way with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin is second on the team with 11 points on five goals and an assist. Senior Haley Krentz has two goals and six assists for 10 points, juniors Alyssa Diggs has eight points on four goals, while junior Dominique Richardson and sophomore Kaysie Clark each have six points. Richardson's have come on three goals, while Clark has two goals and two assists.
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 eight contests. In Mizzou's last eight games, the Tigers have allowed just four goals, recorded four shutouts and has a goals against average of 0.50. 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 37 starts, the junior class 28, the sophomore class 43 and the freshman class 24.
MIZZOU TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS ON THE ROAD
Six games into the SEC portion of the schedule, the Tigers are currently tied with Florida atop the SEC Eastern Division with a 5-1 record. However, Mizzou has played four road conference matches already, while Florida has only played two games on the road. The Tigers join Texas A&M as the only teams who have won three road SEC matches so six games into the season.
Kentucky enters Friday's matchup with an 8-3-1 overall record and a 3-2-1 mark in SEC action. The Wildcats are coming of a 2-2 tie with Texas A&M and a 2-1 overtime loss to Arkansas last weekend.
Freshman Courtney Raetzman leads Kentucky with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Freshman Kelli Hubly and sophomore Arin Gilliland each have 10 points. Hubly's points have come on four goals and three assists, while Gilliland has three goals and four assists. Junior goalkeeper Kayla King has started eight games in goal for the Wildcats and posts a 1.08 goals against average and a .741 save percentage on the year.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
Tennessee is 7-5-1 overall and 0-5-1 in SEC play so far this season. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
Junior Elisabeth Sullivan paces the squad with 17 points on seven goals and three assists, while freshman Honeye Heydari has 14 points on five goals and four assists. Sophomore Amy Hoover also has four goals and an assist for nine points. Senior keeper Skylar Rosson has started all 12 games in net and has a 1.17 goals against average and a .780 save percentage.
CLARK NAMED TO TOP DRAWER SOCCER'S WOMEN'S NATIONAL TOP 100 LIST
Sophomore Kaysie Clark was rated as the 31st best non-freshman in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer on Oct. 1. Only two SEC players are ranked ahead of Clark on the list: Florida's Erika Tymrak (eighth) and Texas A&M's Annie Kunz (23rd).
Before the season, Top Drawer also listed Clark as one of the top 20 players in the SEC. The midfielder, the only Tiger named to the list, was ranked eighth in the conference.
MIZZOU GOES 5-1 IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
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 ON TV IN 2012
The 2012 schedule features four regular season games on television, kicked off on Aug. 26 with Mizzou's game at California airing on the Pac-12 Network.
The Tigers' road match against South Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 16 aired live on ESPNU at 1 p.m. CT. This marked the fifth consecutive season Mizzou appeared on ESPNU. Last season the Tigers defeated Oklahoma, 5-2, on the channel and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 games with Texas A&M also aired on the channel.
The Tigers' matchup against Florida on Oct. 12 will air on Sun Sports and Missouri's road matchup with Texas A&M will air live on SportSouth at 7 p.m. CT.
The 2012 SEC Tournament final will also be broadcast on ESPNU. The championship match will be played on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Tournament, which starts on Oct. 29, will be held at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex in Orange Beach, Ala.
FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS IN 2012
The 2012 Tiger schedule features contests against seven teams that Mizzou has never faced before: UCBS, Tennessee Tech and new conference foes South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and LSU.
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