Soccer Hosts Texas at Walton Stadium

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Oct. 14, 2010

Game 14: Missouri (5-6-2, 3-2-0) vs. Texas (8-3-3, 1-2-2)


Friday, October 15; 6:30 p.m.
Walton Stadium; Columbia, Mo.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers are just returning home from a road series against Colorado and Nebraska. The Tigers topped Colorado 1-0 in a physical match-up. Defender Jess Greer scored the game-winner for Missouri after a scoreless first half. Last Sunday, the Tigers finished the road trip at Nebraska. After holding the Huskers scoreless in the first half, the Tigers fell to Nebraska 4-2. Alyssa Diggs scored her second goal of the season in the match, and assisted a goal by Kendra Collins.

LOOKING AT THE LONGHORNS
The University of Texas matched up with in-state foes Baylor and Texas Tech. After the weekend, Texas is now sitting on a record of 8-3-3 overall, 1-2-2 Big 12. After a double-overtime 0-0 tie with Texas Tech, the Longhorns went on to top Baylor 1-0. The victory marks Texas' first conference win this season. The game-winning goal was scored by Kylie Doniak in the 12th minute of play. The goal is her third of the year, and it marks her second game-winner of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Gaul earned her sixth shutout of the season tallying five saves on the day. The Longhorns have an unbeaten streak of 13-straight home matches since Oct. 2, 2009. Sophomore Kristin Cummins was named Big 12 Player of the Week for games played from Oct. 1-3. Cummins earned the honor after netting three goals to win the Longhorn's match against UW-Milwaukee.

SERIES HISTORY
Missouri is 3-12-2 on the series against Texas in program history. In last year's match, Mizzou secured a 1-1 tie in a double-overtime match. Michelle Collins netted the equalizer with 1:01 left in the game to bring the Tigers into overtime. The Tigers and the Aggies also tied last year, making it their second double-overtime match of the weekend. The game, which was also broadcast on ESPU, ended with a 4-4 score. The series marked the first time in Missouri history that the team recorded back-to-back double-overtime ties.

SENIOR NIGHT AND PLAY FOR PINK
Mizzou will honor its senior players in a special ceremony before the game on Friday, Oct. 15. Seniors include Paula Pritzen, Alysha Bonnick, Kari Adam and Krista Kruse.It will also be the annual "Play for Pink" game, in which the tigers will support the quest for a cure for breast cancer by wearing pink jerseys and offering $3 admission to fans wearing pink. All proceeds will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Paula Pritzen transferred to the University of Missouri this summer from Clemson, where she graduated with a year of eligibility and a degree in Communications. Pritzen spent her senior year at Clemson as the first-ranked goal keeper in the ACC with a 5.33 save per game average.

Alysha Bonnick has been consistently setting records for the Tigers throughout her time here. She is a co-captain and leads the team in four out of six categories. Bonnick holds the program's record for most career game-winning goals (13), and is also one of the top players in the Big 12 conference.

As another one of the team's co-captains, Krista Kruse leads from the midfield. She has earned consistent playing time since her freshman season at Mizzou, and was United States U-23 National Team Camp last summer.

Kari Adam is the team's third co-captain. A giving person, Adam donates her time to the community as well as the soccer team. In her junior season, her efforts were recognized when she was selected for the Mystical Seven Secret Society. She has scored two goals for the Tigers this season, including the team's only penalty kick attempt.

Both games this weekend will mark "Adopt-a-Player Night" for the Tigers. Fans are encouraged to bring signs, posters and any other items in support of their favorite players. Signs must be 2' x 3', and fans who bring them will receive free admission. The soccer team will be available for autographs at the end of the game. Members of the Truman club and local scout troops under the age of 13 will be admitted to both games of the weekend free of charge, and parents will receive $2 admission. Staff members of the local hospital will also be admitted to both games for only $2 with proper identification. MU Soccer families will be in town to celebrate Mizzou Soccer Family Weekend as well as Soccer Alumni Weekend.

MIZZOU TO APPEAR ON ESPNU
Mizzou Soccer is scheduled to appear on ESPNU on Sunday when the Tigers host Texas A&M at Walton Stadium in Columbia. Game time is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. Truman the Tiger will be in attendance, as well as former Mizzou soccer players. Mizzou soccer will be offering a cash prize for the Greek Chapter that brings the most fans to the game. Sunday, Oct. 17 will also mark Youth Club Day and the Sunday Spirit Special. Local religious groups can enter the game for only $2, and any youth wearing their team jersey can get into the Mizzou soccer game for free. Parents and guests will receive $2 admission.

DIGGIN' DEEP
Freshman Alyssa Diggs has been tearing things up on the field recently. She racked up a goal and an assist last weekend over Nebraska. Diggs has two career goals at Mizzou and one assist. She scored her first career goal in Mizzou's 4-1 victory over KU. She has played in all 13 games this season with ten starts. She has knocked off 14 shots with 7 shots on goal so far this year.

BONNICK IN THE BIG 12
Senior co-captain Alysha Bonnick stepped up for the Tigers earning a victory over Oklahoma in the last five minutes of the game. She is holding steady in the league this week's Big 12 rankings. The forward from North Gower, Ontario is ranked No. 5 in the Big 12 conference for goals per game (.58) and goals (7). She sits at No. 6 in the category points per game (1.25) and holds the No. 7 spot in shots per game (3.25). In the category of points, Bonnick is ranked 9th with 15 so far on the season. She holds the No. 10 spot for shots (39). Bonnick leads the Tigers in points, goals, shots and shots on goal. In the record books, Bonnick is the third-highest scorer in program history with 37 career goals so far, she sits just below Kristin Andrighetto (38) and Nikki Thole (61). She has 13 career game-winning goals, to put her at the top of the record book for the most career game-winning goals just above former Tiger Nikki Thole (12).

Haley Krentz HEATS UP
Tiger midfielder Haley Krentz was on fire during Missouri's matches against Loyola Maryland and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Krentz scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers against Loyola one minute into the second overtime period. She hit the back of the net again on Sunday against Milwaukee, helping the Tigers gain ground against the Panthers. Krentz now has three career goals.

AT THE TOP OF TOPDRAWER
Freshmen Dominique Richardson and Danielle Nottingham received recognition from topdrawersoccer.com this season. The two were ranked in the website's College Freshman National Top 100 Women. Richardson, a midfielder from Fullerton, Calif, checked in at No. 74 on the list a few weeks ago, and is now up to the No. 72 spot. Richardson has started in all eleven games for the Tigers this season, and she has racked up a total of 25 shots. She has two goals on the season. Nottingham, a Frisco, Texas native, came in at the No. 79 spot in the previous poll. She has also earned a starting position for Mizzou, playing a total of 714 minutes so far this season. Nottingham has 15 shots and three assists on the season.

BLITZ WINS 200
Head coach Bryan Blitz earned his 200th career win in a 4-0 shutout of Arkansas. For Blitz, the next win was more important that the 200th. The program's only head coach credits the players he has coached with his success. Blitz holds a record of 204-175-25 on his career. Before coming to Missouri, the Dallas, Texas native spent five years as the head coach for Butler University where he amassed a record of 45-44-8.

GWIN SAVES THE DAY
Sophomore keeper Jessica Gwin is stepping up this season after having a year of experience under Tasha Dittamore. Gwin has started in eight games for the Tigers, which have included games against nationally ranked teams Maryland, Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. So far this season Gwin has racked up 50 saves, with over 961 minutes of playing time. She ranks fifth in the conference for saves and sixth in saves per game (4.56).

SENIOR CLASS SETS STANDARD
The Back-to-Back Big 12 Champions are starting off a new season with a new team. Mizzou lost six starters from last season including Kristin Andrighetto, Michelle Collins and goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore. Andrighetto leaves Missouri holding the school records for career shots (379) and shots on goal (165). She graduated as the team leader in points, goals, shots and shots on goal for the 2009 season. She also holds the Big 12 record for shots in the 2009 season with 113. Michelle Collins led the team in assists last season, racking up 22 assists in her career. Goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore holds the records for career shutouts (17), victories (35), games started in goal (55) and minutes in goal (4945:05).

The Tigers graduated a total of seven seniors from the University of Missouri last year, including midfielders Bree Thornton, Meghan Pfeiffer and Michelle Makasini and defender Crystal Wagner.

TIGERS WELCOME SEVEN
After graduating seven seniors, Mizzou added another seven to its roster. The Tigers welcomed six freshmen and one senior transfer from Clemson. Freshman forward Danielle Nottingham is already showing her stripes, netting the only two goals in the Tigers' preseason match against the University of Illinois. Freshmen Dominique Richardson and Alyssa Diggs joined Nottingham as starters for the Tigers on the day. Senior Paula Pritzen is working hard for a goalkeeping position as she comes in under sophomore Jessica Gwin who has a year of experience with the Tigers under her belt. Pritzen was ranked first in the ACC in saves per game average during her sophomore and junior seasons at Clemson.

RICHARDSON NOTCHES FIRST GOAL
Freshman Dominique Richardson stepped up to the plate for the Tigers against Maryland, scoring the first goal of the game. The long-range shot marks her first goal at MU. "I looked up and saw it was going in and I kind of got the chills," said Richardson. "It's my first college goal so that's pretty special for me." Richardson is having a breakout season with the Tigers; she is one of the team's top shooters (25) and she has tallied 12 shots on goal so far this season.

MIZZOU SELECTED THIRD IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
The defending Big 12 regular season champions received 69 points and one first place vote in the Big 12 preseason poll released on Aug. 11. The Tigers came in at No. 3, above last year's Big 12 tournament winner, Oklahoma State. Texas A&M secured the top spot in the poll, voted on by the league's coaches. Missouri senior Alysha Bonnick was chosen for the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Bonnick finished last season with 11 goals and four assists, and she has 13 career game-winning goals to date making her the top game-winning goal scorer in program history.

BACK-TO-BACK BIG 12 CHAMPS
The Tigers clinched the Big 12 regular season title last year after a 5-0 win over Nebraska. The title is the first regular season title won by a Missouri program since the softball team won it in 1997. Missouri's regular season title continued the success of the 2008 season when soccer came home from San Antonio, Texas with the Big 12 Tournament trophy. The team looks to continue its success this year as they defend their regular season title.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Senior captains Alysha Bonnick, Kari Adam and Krista Kruse are looking to lead the Missouri soccer team to tournament turf this season. Alysha Bonnick is coming into the 2010 season with Big 12 preseason honors. She followed close behind Kristin Andrighetto as one of the team's top scorers last season. With 13 career game-winning goals, Bonnick holds the program's record just over Tiger alum Nikki Thole who totaled 12 game-winners in her career. Kruse leads by example on the field where she holds a midfield spot. She scored three game-winning goals last season. Kari Adam finished 2009 with two goals on 11 shots on goal and three assists. She has played 67 games so far in her career, allowing her to set an example for the younger players on the team.

TIGERS TAKE TO THE NATIONAL TEAMS
A few Missouri soccer players earned the opportunity to play at a national level. Redshirt Freshman Edith Lopez spent her summer at Mexico U-20 team camp. Edith appeared versatile during the spring season for the Tigers showing her stripes in both the striker and midfield positions. She has four years of eligibility left after redshirting her freshman year. Senior Alysha Bonnick also represented her country as one of 28 players selected by Canada Soccer to participate in the Senior National Team training camp. She also participated in the Canadian U-20 National Team camp in Vancouver as a freshman. Senior Krista Kruse and Freshman Dominique Richardson both represented the United States, Kruse with the US U-23 National Team training camp and Richardson with the U-18 training camp. Richardson attended the camp for the second time in her high school career.

FOLLOW THE TIGERS
In addition to the official news, videos, statistics, and more available on mutigers.com, updates on the Missouri women's soccer team can be found on several social media sites. Search Mizzou Soccer on www.facebook.com, check out videos at www.youtube.com/mizzousoccer and at www.vimeo.com/ user4444281, and get frequent updates at www.twitter.com/MizzouSoccer.

 

 

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