Oct. 23, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 24 Mizzou soccer team travels to College Station, Texas, to face the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale. The contest between the Tigers and the Aggies will be televised live on SportSouth and streamed on ESPN3.com
The Tigers travel to Orange Beach, Ala., for the 2012 SEC Tournament at the Orange Beach Sportsplex next week. Assured of a first round bye, Mizzou opens play on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at a time to be determined.
LAST TIME OUT
Mizzou closed out the home portion of the regular season schedule with a pair of games last weekend. The Tigers scored first in both matches but could not hold on as the squad fell to Arkansas (2-1) on Friday night and LSU (3-1) on Sunday.
Sophomore Abi Raymer notched Mizzou's goal against the Razorbacks. The goal was the seventh of the year for Raymer, who leads the Tigers with 16 points. Senior Haley Krentz posted her SEC-leading eighth assist on the goal.
Sophomore Kaysie Clark notched her third goal of the season against the LSU Tigers.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE SEC TOURNAMENT
Following Thursday's contest at Texas A&M, Mizzou travels to Orange Beach, Ala., for the 2012 SEC Tournament. The top 10 teams based on winning percentage of conference games, regardless of division, advance to the Tournament.
Mizzou has already clinched a spot in the Tournament field and will be the No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 seed, depending on the outcomes of Thursday's contests.
Opening round games between the No. 7 and No. 10 and No. 8 and No. 9 seeds will happen on Monday, Oct. 29. Quarterfinal action takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, semifinal matches on Friday, Nov. 2 and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The SEC Digital Network will live stream the opening round and quarterfinal matchups, while the semifinals will be available on ESPN3.com and the championship game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Monday, Oct. 29
|Match 1||4 p.m.||7-seed vs. 10-seed|
|Match 2||6:30 p.m.||8-seed vs. 9-seed|
Wednesday, Oct. 31 (Quarterfinals)
|Match 3||Noon||2-seed vs. Match 1 winner|
|Match 4||2:30 p.m.||3-seed vs. 6-seed|
|Match 5||5 p.m.||1-seed vs. Match 2 winner|
|Match 6||7:30 p.m.||4-seed vs. 5-seed|
Friday, Nov. 2 (Semifinals)
|Match 7||4 p.m.||Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner|
|Match 8||6:30 p.m.||Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner|
Sunday, Nov. 4 (Championship Game)
|Championship||2:30 p.m.||Match 7 winner vs. Match 8 winner|
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 I 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:
|3. 13||2012, 2009, 2007, 2001|
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Texas A&M boasts a 15-3-1 overall mark and a 9-2-1 SEC record entering Thursday's matchup. The Aggies have scored an SEC-best 41 goals on the season and average 2.16 goals per game.
Sophomore Annie Kuntz leads the team with 10 goals an an assist for 21 points, while sophomore Kelley Monogue is second on the team with nine goals for 18 points. Sophomore keeper Jordan Day has started all 19 games in goal and boasts a 0.47 goals against average and an .878 save percentage.
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 (379) and corners (135) and is third in goals allowed (17).
On an individual level, senior Haley Krentz is tied for first in assists (eight) and ranks second in assists per game (0.44). Junior Alyssa Diggs is tied for third in goals per game (0.54), tied for fourth in points per game (1.15) and tied for seventh in goals (seven). Sophomore Abi Raymer and junior Dominique Richardson are tied for fourth in game-winning goals (three). Raymer and senior Taiwo Adeshigbin are also ranked tied for seventh in goals (seven).
At goalkeeper, redshirt sophomore McKenzie Sauerwein third in shutouts per game (0.33), tied for third in shutouts (six) and fourth in goals against average (0.94).
TIGERS NOT AFRAID TO SHOOT
Mizzou enters the regular season finale with 379 shots on the season, which is 18 more than any other SEC school. The Tigers lead the conference with 21.06 shots per contest.
The whole team is in on the action as nine different Tigers have at least 21 shots for the season. Additionally, 40.4 percent of the team's shots have been on goal. Four different players have a shot on goal percentage above 44 percent, led by senior Taiwo Adeshigbin at 57.1 percent.
TIGER TRIO FINDING THE NET
Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin, junior Alyssa Diggs and sophomore Abi Raymer have all notched seven goals thus far this season. Not only are the seven goals career highs for all three players, the trio also stands as the only three SEC teammates who have scored at least seven goals this year.
Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Alabama are the only other SEC schools with two players with at least seven goals.
KRENTZ DISHING OUT THE ASSISTS
Senior Haley Krentz enters the regular season finale tied for the SEC lead with eight assists on the season. Her eight assists shattered her previous season high of three, which she set in 2009 as a freshman.
Additionally, Krentz's eight assists are the most for a Tiger since Alysha Bonnick recorded 10 in 2007. Krentz needs just one more assist to tie five Tigers for eighth on Mizzou's single-season list with nine.
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 12 points, six players with at least eight points and seven players with at least five points.
Sophomore Abi Raymer leads the team with 16 points on seven goals an two assists. Senior Taiwo Adeshigbin and junior Alyssa Diggs are tied for second on the squad with 15 points on seven goals and one assist apiece. Senior Haley Krentz has two goals and an SEC-high assists for 12 points.
In all, 12 different Tigers have recorded at least one point.
TOP DRAWER SOCCER RANKS THREE TIGERS AMONG NATION'S BEST
Three different Mizzou players are ranked among TopDrawerSoccer.com's best in the nation. Sophomore Kaysie Clark ranks as the 31st-best upperclassman in the country. Additionally, redshirt freshman Lauren Flynn and freshman Candace Johnson are listed 25th and 43rd, respectively, on the outlet's list of top freshmen.
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 57 starts, the junior class 44, the sophomore class 62 and the freshman class 35.
MIZZOU GOES 5-1 IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Mizzou concluded non-conference play with a 5-1 record, including wins against No. 13 Memphis and No. 15 California.
Over the past two seasons, the Tigers have compiled a 14-3 record against non-conference opponents, for a winning percentage of .824. In 2011, Missouri went 9-2 against non-league foes.
MIZZOU ON TV IN 2012
The 2012 schedule features four regular season games on television, kicked off on Aug. 26 with Mizzou's game at California airing on the Pac-12 Network.
The Tigers' road match against South Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 16 aired live on ESPNU at 1 p.m. CT. This marked the fifth consecutive season Mizzou appeared on ESPNU. Last season the Tigers defeated Oklahoma, 5-2, on the channel and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 games with Texas A&M also aired on the channel.
The Tigers' matchup against Florida on Oct. 12 aired on Sun Sports and Missouri's road matchup with Texas A&M will air live on SportSouth at 7 p.m. CT.
The 2012 SEC Tournament final will also be broadcast on ESPNU. The championship match will be played on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Tournament, which starts on Oct. 29, will be held at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex in Orange Beach, Ala.
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