Oct. 23, 2013
|Mizzou vs. No. 25 Kentucky
||Oct. 25 | 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT)
||Lexington, Ky. | UK Soccer Complex
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||Mizzou leads 2-1-1
||Mizzou 2, Kentucky 1 (Oct. 31, 2012 in Orange Beach, Ala.)
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team (7-7-2, 3-3-2 SEC) hits the road on Friday then returns to Walton Stadium Sunday for the team's home finale. The Tigers travel to Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Oct. 25 to face the No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats (12-3-1, 6-2 SEC) at 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m.) to kickstart the weekend. Mizzou then returns home to host Tennessee (7-6-3, 2-4-2 SEC) on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday's kickoff, Missouri will honor its five seniors for their contributions to the Mizzou soccer program.
Sunday is also Fan Appreciation Day at Walton Stadium. Fans who buy one ticket will get a second for free. Additionally, fans who present Saturday's football ticket stub will recieve $1 admission.
The Tigers conclude the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 31 when the team travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Mizzou went 1-0-1 on the weekend after 2-1 win over No. 7 South Carolina and a 1-1 tie against Auburn.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on the Gamecocks on a goal from junior Taylor Grant in the first half. South Carolina knotted the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute but senior Alyssa Diggs responded seven minutes later with a goal of her own for a 2-1 Mizzou advantage. The Tiger defense held on to post Missouri's second win over a top-10 team this season.
On Sunday, Auburn took a 1-0 lead early in the second half on a misplayed ball by the Missouri defense. However, the home team scored the equalizer off a set piece a few minutes later. Freshman Lauren Selaiden headed home a free kick from junior Kaysie Clark to tie the game a 1-1. Neither team managed to add another goal in regulation and over two overtime sessions to leave the score at 1-1.
Kentucky comes into Friday's matchup with an impressive 12-3-1 record and a 6-2 mark in SEC action. The Wildcats have scored 35 goals on the season and allowed just 18. In SEC play, the ratio sits at 15-11.
Kentucky has a pair of players who have each tallied 10 goals on the year: Arin Gilliland and Stuart Pope. Gilliland leads the team with 28 points, just ahead of Pope's 27. Zoe Swift has added seven goals and five assists for 19 points.
Goalkeeper Kayla King has started all 16 games in net for the Wildcat and boasts a 1.14 goals against average and a .723 save percentage.
Series with Kentucky
Mizzou owns a 2-1-1 record against the Wildcats, including a pair of wins last season. Missouri defeated Kentucky in overtime, 2-1, on Oct. 5, 2012, before beating the Wildcats 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Oct. 31, 2012. The two teams have played in Lexington just one, in a contest that ended in a 1-1 tie on Sept. 18, 1998.
Tennessee enters this weekend with a 7-6-3 overall mark and a 2-4-2 record in SEC play.
Caroline Brown paces the Lady Vols with seven goals and an assist for 15 points. Tennessee with be without second-leading scorer Hannah Wilkinson (five goals and five assists for 15 points) on Sunday as she plays for the New Zealand National Team.
Keeper Julie Eckel has started all 16 games in goal for Tennessee and owns a 1.05 goals against average and a .800 save percentage.
Series With Tennessee
Missouri and Tennessee have met just once before on the soccer pitch, when the Lady Vols posted a 1-0 in over the Tigers on Sept. 30, 2012.
Tigers Record Second Top-10 Win of 2013
The Tigers' win over No. 7 South Carolina marked the second top-10 win for the squad in 2013, as Missouri also defeated then-No. 7 Florida on Sept. 29. The two top-10 wins in one season are the most for Mizzou since the team knocked off three during the 2008 campaign.
In 2008, the Tigers picked up wins over No. 6 Texas A&M (3-0), No. 9 Texas (3-1) and No. 10 Colorado (1-0). All three of those wins came away from home, as Mizzou defeated the Aggies on the road and beat both the Longhorns and Buffaloes at the Big 12 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas.
Diggs Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Senior Alyssa Diggs was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after notching the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over No. 7 South Carolina on Oct. 18, the league office announced on Monday.
With the Tigers and Gamecocks tied at 1-1 late in the second half, Diggs dribbled toward the box, made a cut to her right and unleashed a bending shot into the upper right corner of the net for a 2-1 Mizzou advantage. The tally held up for Diggs' third goal of the year and first game-winner of the season.
Over her four-year Tiger career, Diggs is a two-time all-conference first team selection after earning the honors in 2012 in the SEC and 2011 in the Big 12 Conference. She earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region third team and Capital One Academic All-District 6 first team honors as a junior in 2012. She leads all current Tigers with 45 career points on 17 goals and 11 assists.
This marks her second career player of the week honor, as she was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 8, 2012. She is the first Tiger to earn SEC weekly honors in 2013.
Richardson Among All-Time Mizzou Leaders in Games Started
Senior Dominique Richardson enters Friday's matchup with 78 starts in all 78 career games with the Tigers. Her 78 starts ranks tied for fourth (with Alysha Bonnick, 2007-10) at Missouri.
Assuming she starts against Kentucky, Richradson will move into a tie with Heather Buchheit (1996-1999) for third all-time at Mizzou. If Richardson starts both games this weekend, she will move into sole possession of third-place with 80 career starts.
Sauerwein Stakes Claim as MU's All-Time 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 5221:12 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.
Sauerwein also holds Mizzou's all-time games played in goal record with 59, which she broke against South Carolina on Oct. 18. The previous record of 57 was held by Jackie Adamec (1997-99) and Dittamore.
Mizzou Defense Holding Strong
In 16 games this season, the Tiger defense has allowed just 18 goals for an average of 1.12 per game. McKenzie Sauerwein's GAA stands at 1.13 in 2013, just over her stellar mark of 1.07 in 2012.
In conference play, Mizzou's defense has played even better. The Tigers allow just 1.00 goals per game in their eight SEC matches, which ranks third in the league.
If the Tiger defense continues at this pace for the rest of the year, the team's 1.12 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.
Striking Early the Key?
A common occurance has happened in all seven of Mizzou's wins: the Tigers scored the first goal of the game. Missouri boasts a 7-1 mark when scoring first, compared to a record of 0-6-1 when the opponent tallies the game's first goal.
Mizzou's lone loss when scoring first came at Portland. The Tigers got on the board in the second minute but ultimately fell to the Pilots, 3-2. Portland is now ranked sixth in the country with a 12-1-1 record.
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 15 points and six goals, to go along with three 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 (5221:12) and games played in goal (58). She also ranks second in shutouts (15), wins (33) and saves (284), tied for second in goals against average (1.15) and is third in games started in goal (53).
Grant Picking Up the Offense
Junior Taylor Grant entered her junior season with 10 career points, eight as a freshman in 2011 and two last year as a sophomore. She hit a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012, as she could not manage to find the back of the net after a four-goal freshman campaign.
In her junior season, however, Grant has been one of Mizzou's most consistent offensive weapon. She already has a new career high in points and has tied her single-season best in goal. She is currently second on the team in points (12) and goals (five). She also has two assists.