Oct. 10, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 14 Mizzou soccer team travels to Gainesville, Fla., to face the No. 9 Florida Gators Friday at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m.) in a contest televised live on SUN Sports. The match is a clash of the top two teams in the Southeastern Conference, as both Mizzou and Florida enter the game with a league-best 7-1 mark in conference action.
The winner of the game will be in the driver's seat for the SEC East crown and the top seed in the 2012 SEC Tournament, as only four regular season games remain following the contest. If the teams are tied atop the division at the end of the regular season, the first SEC Tournament seeding tie breaker is head-to-head competition, possibly giving the matchup more weight.
Mizzou is in the midst of its best start in program history with a 12-2 overall mark through its first 14 games. The team's previous best through the span was 11-3, accomplished during the 1999 season.
The Tigers are coming off a pair of wins last week: a 2-1 overtime victory over Kentucky on Oct. 5 and a 2-0 win over Mississippi State on Oct. 7.
Against Kentucky, Junior Alyssa Diggs scored both of Mizzou's goals, including the game-winner less with less than three minutes remaining in the overtime session, to propel Mizzou to victory. The goals were the fifth and sixth of the season for Diggs, who leads the team in that category. Senior Haley Krentz and junior Danielle Nottingham each earned assists, which were the seventh and fourth, respectively, of the season for the pair.
Two days later, sophomore Abi Raymer and senior Taiwo Adeshigbin each scored goals to lead the Tigers to victory. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper McKenzie recorded her sixth shutout of the season in the win.
Florida enters Friday's matchup coming off an impressive 2-1 road win over then-No. 5 Texas A&M on Sunday. On the season, the Gators boast a 10-3-1 record and are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak.
Sophomore Havana Solaun paces the Gators with 14 points on five goals and four assists, while senior Erika Tymrak has three goals and four assists for 10 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Burke boasts a 1.08 goals against average and a .706 save percentage in net.
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