Oct. 18, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 16 Mizzou soccer team closes the home portion of its regular season schedule with a pair of contests this weekend. The team hosts Arkansas on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the team's annual Black Out game and LSU in the Play for Pink contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 on Senior Day.
This Weekend's Promotions
Friday's game against Arkansas marks Mizzou's annual Blackout game. All fans who wear black will receive $1 admission to the game. Additionally, the first 300 fans will receive SEC tumblers.
On Sunday, the Tigers will Play for Pink on Senior Day. All fans wearing pink will get $1 admission. The Tigers will also wear special pink jerseys that will be available for sale via silent auction during the contest. Additionally, pink t-shirts will be thrown into the stands throughout the game.
Mizzou closes out the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 25 with a 7 p.m. contest at Texas A&M. The game will be televised live on SportSouth.
Last Time Out
Mizzou went 1-1 last weekend, falling at No. 12 Florida 2-1 and claiming a 2-1 win at Alabama.
Against the Gators, Mizzou struck first when senior Taiwo Adeshigbin put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the first half. However, Florida responded with two second half goals to earn the victory.
Two days later, junior Dominique Richardson scored with just 1:09 left in regulation to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over the Crimson Tide. Junior Alyssa Diggs scored in the fourth minute to put Mizzou ahead 1-0 but Alabama tied the score early in the second half.
Mizzou in the Rankings
The Tigers stands at 16th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Times polls and 22nd in Soccer America's poll.
Mizzou also comes in at 16th in the RPI.
Tigers to Honor Seniors on Sunday
Following Sunday's game against LSU, Mizzou will honor the 2012 senior class for their contributions to the program.
Taiwo Adeshigbin, Jessica Greer, Allison Hu, Haley Krentz and Kelsey Mulcahy, plus former player and current Heart Rate Monitor Technician Jessica Gwin have a four-year record of 45-27-5 in their time in black and gold.
Tigers Tied Regular Season Wins Mark
Mizzou's 2-1 win at Alabama was the team's 13th win of the season, which tied the program record for regular season wins. The 2008 team also won 13 games during the regular season, however those 13 wins came in 18 games, while the 2012 squad's have come in only 16 games.
The Tiger record of total wins in a season is 16, set in 2008. Below is a list of the best win totals in school history:
|2012, 2009, 2007, 2001|
Arkansas enters Friday's matchup with a 7-8-1 overall mark and a 4-5-1 record in SEC action. The Razorbacks are coming off a 1-0 win over Auburn on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Senior Allie Chandler leads the squad with nine points on four goals and an assist. Freshman Lindsey Mayo and sophomore Jeriann Okoro have each tallied three goals on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Roliard has a 1.60 goals against average and a .723 save percentage on the year.
LSU sports a 6-7-4 overall record and a 2-6-2 mark in SEC play so far in 2012. The Tigers have a habit of playing overtime contests, as the team has eight so far this year, including five in SEC play.
Freshman Fernanda Pina paces the Tigers with nine points on three goals and three assists, while freshman Jade Kovacevic is second on the team with two goals and four assists for eight points. Junior Megan Kinneman has played every minute in goal for LSU and boasts a 1.14 goals against average and a .826 save percentage.
Defense Holding Strong
Despite playing a new formation this season and three new defensive starters, the Mizzou defense has been stellar through the first 16 games of the 2012 season. As a whole, the Tigers have allowed just 12 goals all season for an opponents' goals against average of 0.75.
The numbers improve when looking at just SEC play, where Mizzou has allowed just seven goals and has a 0.69 goals against average.
Most amazing about the defense is that the back line features three new starters in 2012. Senior Allison Hu, the lone returning starter, has played every minute this season. She's joined in the back line by junior Danielle Nottingham, a former forward, freshman Candace Johnson and redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn.
In net, redshirt sophomore McKenzie Sauerwein has been strong in her second season. Her 13 victories are tied for second on the Mizzou single-season list, her six shutouts are tied with her total a season ago for second and her goals against average is on pace to finish second on the list.
Richardson with a Knack for the Dramatics
Of junior Dominique Richardson's four goals so far this season, three were credited as game-winners. Two of those game-winners came at the most important of times to send the Tigers to victory.
Against South Carolina on Sept. 16, Richardson scored with just 2:02 left in the contest to break a 1-1 tie.
In Mizzou's game at Alabama on Oct. 14, the Fullerton, Calif., native notched the game-winner with just 1:09 left in regulation to give the Tigers a dramatic 2-1 win.
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 (327), third in corners (118), goals allowed (12) and goals against average (0.75).
On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz is tied for second in assists (seven) and and ranks tied for fourth in assists per game (0.44). Junior Alyssa Diggs is fourth in points per game (1.25) and goals per game (0.58) and tied for sixth in goals (seven). Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin is tied for sixth in goals (seven) and seventh in goals per game (0.47). Junior Dominique Richardson and sophomore Abi Raymer are both tied for third in game-winning goals (three).
At goalkeeper, redshirt sophomore McKenzie Sauerwein is second in save percentage (.838), third in shutouts per game (0.38) and tied for third in shutouts (six).
Tigers not Afraid to Shoot
Mizzou enters this weekend with 327 shots on the season, which is 16 more than any other SEC school. The Tigers lead the conference with 20.44 shots per contest.
The whole team is in on the action as eight different Tigers have at least 20 shots for the season. Additionally, 41 percent of the team's shots have been on goal. Five different players have a shot on goal percentage above 45 percent, led by senior Taiwo Adeshigbin at 56.8 percent.
Mizzou's Potent Offense Shares the Wealth
Mizzou stands as one of the most prolific and balanced offenses in the SEC, as the Tigers have four players with at least 11 points, six players with at least six points and seven players with at least five points.
Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin and junior Alyssa Diggs are tied for the team lead with 15 points on seven goals and one assist apiece. Sophomore Abi Raymer has 14 points on six goals and two assists and senior Haley Krentz has two goals and seven assists for 11 points.
In all, 12 different Tigers have recorded at least one point.
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 51 starts, the junior class 39, the sophomore class 54 and the freshman class 32.