Oct. 17, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team (6-7-1, 2-3-1 SEC) returns to the comfy confines of Walton Stadium with a pair of home matches this weekend. Missouri hosts No. 7 South Carolina (12-1-1, 5-1 SEC) on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m., before a 1 p.m. contest against Auburn (4-8-2, 0-5-1) on Sunday, Oct. 20.
The first 100 fans to Friday's game against South Carolina will get free black poms to mark the Tigers' annual Black Out game. Fans who bring three cans of food will receive free admission as part of a food drive for Tiger Pantry.
Sunday is Mizzou's Social Media Day, where fans who show they follow Mizzou soccer on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook will receive free admission.
The Tigers travel to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Mizzou then returns home on Sunday, Oct. 27 to host Tennessee at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.
Last Time Out
The Mizzou soccer team recorded 19 shots but could not find the back of the net as Missouri dropped a 1-0 game to LSU Friday evening in Baton Rouge, La. Mizzou fell to 6-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while LSU improved to 9-3-2 and 5-0-1.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein made six saves in net for Mizzou.
Missouri controlled play in the first half but could not manage to tally a goal.
LSU's offensive picked up its pressure to start the second half and peppered Sauerwein with shots. The keeper made two point-blank saves before LSU finally broke through four minutes into the second frame. Summer Clarke played the ball to the front of the box. Heather Magee ran onto the pass and rocketed a shot that beat Sauerwein and went into the left corner of the goal for a 1-0 LSU advantage.
Scouting South Carolina
South Carolina comes into Friday's matchup with an impressive 12-1-1 record and a 5-1 mark in SEC action. The Gamecocks are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, with wins over Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. South Carolina's only loss of the year came at the hands of Georgia.
Danielle Au and Raina Johnson both lead the Gamecocks with 11 points on five goals and an assist. Chelsea Drennan has a team high seven assists on the year.
Goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo has played every minute in goal for South Carolina and boasts a 0.42 goals against average and a .857 save percentage.
Series with South Carolina
South Carolina and Mizzou have met just once on the soccer pitch. The Tigers took a 1-0 win over the Gamecocks on Sept. 23, 2012 in Columbia, S.C.
The Auburn Tigers enter this weekend with a 4-8-2 overall mark and a 0-5-1 record in SEC play. They are coming off a 0-0 2OT tie at home to Georgia on Oct. 11.
Casie Ramsier paces the Tigers with five goals and three assists for 13 points. Tori Ball has added four goals and four assists for 12 points.
Goalies Alyse Scott and Alicen Wright have split time in goal for Auburn, with Wright starting recently. Wright has a 2.07 goals against average and a .714 save percentage.
Series with Auburn
Mizzou holds a perfect 3-0 mark against Auburn. Missouri defeated Auburn 2-0 in Auburn, Ala., in the squad's inaugural SEC match. Mizzou holds a 1-0 advantage in games played in Columbia (1-0 win on Aug. 29, 2008).
Sauerwein Stakes Claim as MU's Most Experienced Goalie
In less than three full seasons as Mizzou's goalkeeper, redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerwein has already become Missouri's all-time leader in minutes in goal and games played in goal.
The North Richland Hills, Texas, native has played 5021:12 minutes in goal in her Mizzou career, which put her past former Tiger great Tasha Dittamore (4945:05) for first all-time at Mizzou. Sauerwein set the career minutes mark at LSU on Oct. 11.
Assuming Sauerwein starts in net against South Carolina on Friday, she will also break Missouri's all-time games played in goal record with 58. Sauerwein enters the game currently tied with Jackie Adamec (1997-99) and Dittamore with 57 games played in goal.
Richardson Among All-Time Mizzou Leaders in Games Started
Senior Dominique Richardson enters Friday's matchup with 76 starts in all 76 career games with the Tigers. Her 76 starts ranks tied for seventh (with Erica Pusch, 2002-05, and Mo Redmond, 2005-08) at Missouri. Assuming she starts against South Carolina, Richradson will move into a tie with Suzy Probst (1999-2002) and Nikki Thole (1997-2001) for fifth all-time at Mizzou. If Richardson starts both games this weekend, she will rank tied for fourth with Alysha Bonnick (2007-10).
Mizzou Defense Holding Strong
In 14 games this season, the Tiger defense has allowed just 16 goals for an average of 1.11 per game. McKenzie Sauerwein's GAA stands at 1.13 in 2013, just over her stellar mark of 1.07 in 2012.
If the Tiger defense continues at this pace for the rest of the year, the team's 1.11 GAA will rank third all-time at Mizzou. Only the 2008 (0.8) and 2012 (1.07) teams have posted better goals against averages in the other 16 years in program history.
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 14 points and six goals, to go along with two assists. Most recently, she scored in the third minute against Vanderbilt.
Her six 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.
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 holds Mizzou records for minutes played in goal (5021:12) and is tied for first in games played in goal (57). She also ranks second in shutouts (15), tied for second in wins (32), third in saves (273), goals against average (1.17) and games started in goal (51).
Nottingham Back to her Old Self
After missing seven matches due to injury, senior forward Danielle Nottingham has returned to the lineup and and picked right up where she left off. She 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.
Since her return, Nottingham has posted assists on goals against Florida and Vanderbilt to up her total to a team-leading five in just six games this year. Her assists per game mark of 0.71 is tied for first among all SEC players