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.