Oct. 28, 2010
Game 16: Missouri (7-8-2, 3-4-0) vs. Iowa State (7-10-2, 2-7-0)
Friday, October 29; 6:30 p.m.
ISU Soccer Complex; Ames, Iowa
LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers cleaned up with two wins last weekend on a Texas road trip. The Tigers notched two second-half goals to top Baylor on its homecoming weekend. The loss for the Bears marks the first one at home this season. Senior captain Alysha Bonnick scored the game winner in the 78th minute and freshman Danielle Nottingham provided some insurance in the 85th. Bonnick was credited with the assist. Senior transfer Paula Pritzen recorded her second shutout in four starts. The Mizzou went on to top Texas Tech on Sunday. The Tigers broke a 2-2 tie at intermission with three second-half goals to win 5-2 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Freshman Danielle Nottingham scored two in the match, including the game winner, bringing her weekend total to three.
SCOUTING THE CYCLONES
Iowa State took on Baylor and Texas Tech as well last weekend. The Red Raiders topped the Cyclones 3-2 in an overtime match. The Cyclones didn't give up easily, they topped Tech in every statistical category through the match. Things turned around for Iowa State against Baylor, they topped the Bears 1-0. Freshman midfielder Emily Goldstein headed in the game winner in the 68th minute. Goldstein leads the team with five goals on the season.
Missouri leads its series with Iowa State 10-4-1 with the last two match-ups ending in Missouri's favor. The Tigers faced the Cyclones in Columbia last year and walked a way with a 3-1 victory. Kristin Andrighetto buried two goals in the second half to give Mizzou the win. The win helped the Tigers continue their unbeaten streak in the Big 12 conference.
NOTTINGHAM, PRITZEN EARN BIG 12 AWARDS
Senior Paula Pritzen and freshman Danielle Nottingham each won weekly awards as announced by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Pritzen earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for her shutout against Baylor on Friday night and a 5-2 victory over Texas Tech on Sunday. Pritzen had six saves on the weekend while making her fourth and fifth starts of the year. Nottingham was named Newcomer of the Week after her three-goal weekend with one coming of Friday and two, including the game winner, coming on Sunday. Nottingham tallied seven points on the weekend, scoring her first goal as Tiger with five minutes remaining in the 2-0 victory against Baylor. On Sunday, she scored on a rocket from 25 yards out in the first half and buried the game winner in the 49th minute against Texas Tech.
KRUSE MAKES TOP 10
Senior co-captain Krista Kruse got a taste of the spotlight after Sunday's game against Texas A&M. Kruse goal made on to ESPN SportsCenter's TOP 10 after the game was broadcast nationally on ESPNU. The goal started off of a back-heel pass from Alysha Bonnick to Kruse who flicked the ball behind her into the top of the net. Fans can check out the replay on mutigers.com or on Mizzou Soccer's Vimeo page.
Mizzou honored its senior players in a special ceremony before the game on Friday, Oct. 15. Seniors include Paula Pritzen, Alysha Bonnick, Kari Adam and Krista Kruse. All four seniors have made a special contribution to Mizzou soccer during their time with the team.
Paula Pritzen transferred to the University of Missouri this summer from Clemson, where she graduated with a year of eligibility and a degree in Communications. Pritzen spent her senior year at Clemson as the first-ranked goal keeper in the ACC with a 5.33 save per game average.
Alysha Bonnick has been consistently setting records for the Tigers throughout her time here. She is a co-captain and leads the team in four out of six categories. Bonnick holds the program's record for most career game-winning goals (13), and is also one of the top players in the Big 12 conference.
As another one of the team's co-captains, Krista Kruse leads from the midfield. She has earned consistent playing time since her freshman season at Mizzou, and was United States U-23 National Team Camp last summer.
Kari Adam is the team's third co-captain. A giving person, Adam donates her time to the community as well as the soccer team. In her junior season, her efforts were recognized when she was selected for the Mystical Seven Secret Society. She has scored two goals for the Tigers this season, including the team's only penalty kick attempt.
Freshman Alyssa Diggs has been tearing things up on the field recently. She racked up a goal and an assist over Nebraska. Diggs has two career goals at Mizzou and one assist. She scored her first career goal in Mizzou's 4-1 victory over KU. She has played in all 17 games this season with 14 starts. She has knocked off 17 shots with 9 shots on goal so far this year.
BONNICK IN THE BIG 12
Senior co-captain Alysha Bonnick stepped up for the Tigers earning a victory over Oklahoma in the last five minutes of the game. She is holding steady in the league this week's Big 12 rankings. The forward from North Gower, Ontario is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12 conference for goals per game (.56) and No. 6 for goals (9) and points per game (1.31). She sits at No. 8 in the category of points (21) and holds the No. 9 spot in shots per game (2.75). Bonnick leads the Tigers in points, goals, shots and shots on goal. In the record books, Bonnick is the second-highest scorer in program history with 39 career goals so far, she sits just above with Kristin Andrighetto (38) and Nikki Thole (61). She has 13 career game-winning goals, to put her at the top of the record book for the most career game-winning goals just above former Tiger Nikki Thole (12).
Haley Krentz HEATS UP
Tiger midfielder Haley Krentz was on fire during Missouri's matches against Loyola Maryland and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Krentz scored the game-winning goal for the Tigers against Loyola one minute into the second overtime period. She hit the back of the net again on Sunday against Milwaukee, helping the Tigers gain ground against the Panthers. Krentz now has two career goals.
AT THE TOP OF TOPDRAWER
Freshmen Dominique Richardson and Danielle Nottingham received recognition from topdrawersoccer.com this season. The two were ranked in the website's College Freshman National Top 100 Women. Richardson, a midfielder from Fullerton, Calif, checked in at No. 74 on the list a few weeks ago, and is now up to the No. 72 spot. Richardson has started in all seventeen games for the Tigers this season, and she has racked up a total of 35 shots. She has three goals on the season. Nottingham, a Frisco, Texas native, came in at the No. 79 spot in the previous poll. She has also earned a starting position for Mizzou, playing a total of 1096 minutes so far this season. Nottingham has 29 shots and a team-leading four assists on the season in addition to three goals for the Tigers.
BLITZ WINS 200
Head coach Bryan Blitz earned his 200th career win in a 4-0 shutout of Arkansas. For Blitz, the next win was more important that the 200th. The program's only head coach credits the players he has coached with his success. Blitz now holds a record of 206-175-25 on his career. Before coming to Missouri, the Dallas, Texas native spent five years as the head coach for Butler University where he amassed a record of 45-44-8.
GWIN SAVES THE DAY
Sophomore keeper Jessica Gwin is stepping up this season after having a year of experience under Tasha Dittamore. Gwin has a record of 3-7-2 on the season for the Tigers. Her record includes games played nationally ranked teams Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. So far this season Gwin has racked up 59 saves, with over 1135 minutes of playing time. She ranks seventh in the conference for saves and fifth in saves per game (4.54).
SENIOR CLASS SETS STANDARD
The Back-to-Back Big 12 Champions are starting off a new season with a new team. Mizzou lost six starters from last season including Kristin Andrighetto, Michelle Collins and goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore. Andrighetto leaves Missouri holding the school records for career shots (379) and shots on goal (165). She graduated as the team leader in points, goals, shots and shots on goal for the 2009 season. She also holds the Big 12 record for shots in the 2009 season with 113. Michelle Collins led the team in assists last season, racking up 22 assists in her career. Goalkeeper Tasha Dittamore holds the records for career shutouts (17), victories (35), games started in goal (55) and minutes in goal (4945:05).
TIGERS WELCOME SEVEN
After graduating seven seniors, Mizzou added another seven players to its roster. The Tigers welcomed six freshmen and one senior transfer from Clemson. Freshman forward Danielle Nottingham is already showing her stripes, netting the only two goals in the Tigers' preseason match against the University of Illinois. Freshmen Dominique Richardson and Alyssa Diggs joined Nottingham as starters for the Tigers on the day. Senior Paula Pritzen is working hard for a goalkeeping position as she comes in under sophomore Jessica Gwin who has a year of experience with the Tigers under her belt. Pritzen was ranked first in the ACC in saves per game average during her sophomore and junior seasons at Clemson.
RICHARDSON NOTCHES FIRST GOAL
Freshman Dominique Richardson stepped up to the plate for the Tigers against Maryland, scoring the first goal of the game. The long-range shot marks her first goal at MU. "I looked up and saw it was going in and I kind of got the chills," said Richardson. "It's my first college goal so that's pretty special for me." Richardson is having a breakout season with the Tigers; she is one of the team's top shooters (35) and she has tallied 16 shots on goal so far this season.
MIZZOU SELECTED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
The defending Big 12 regular season champions received 69 points and one first place vote in the Big 12 preseason poll released on Aug. 11. The Tigers came in at No. 3, above last year's Big 12 tournament winner, Oklahoma State. Texas A&M secured the top spot in the poll, voted on by the league's coaches. Missouri senior Alysha Bonnick was chosen for the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Bonnick finished last season with 11 goals and four assists, and she has 13 career game-winning goals to date making her the top game-winning goal scorer in program history.
BACK-TO-BACK BIG 12 CHAMPS
The Tigers clinched the Big 12 regular season title last year after a 5-0 win over Nebraska. The title is the first regular season title won by a Missouri program since the softball team won it in 1997. Missouri's regular season title continued the success of the 2008 season when soccer came home from San Antonio, Texas with the Big 12 Tournament trophy. The team looks to continue its success this year as they defend their regular season title.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Senior captains Alysha Bonnick, Kari Adam and Krista Kruse are looking to lead the Missouri soccer team to tournament turf this season. Alysha Bonnick is coming into the 2010 season with Big 12 preseason honors. She followed close behind Kristin Andrighetto as one of the team's top scorers last season. With 13 career game-winning goals, Bonnick holds the program's record just over Tiger alum Nikki Thole who totaled 12 game-winners in her career. Kruse leads by example on the field where she holds a midfield spot. She scored three game-winning goals last season. Kari Adam finished 2009 with two goals on 11 shots on goal and three assists. She has played 67 games so far in her career, allowing her to set an example for the younger players on the team.
TIGERS TAKE TO THE NATIONAL TEAMS
A few Missouri soccer players earned the opportunity to play at a national level. Redshirt Freshman Edith Lopez spent her summer at Mexico U-20 team camp. Edith appeared versatile during the spring season for the Tigers showing her stripes in both the striker and midfield positions. She has four years of eligibility left after redshirting her freshman year. Senior Alysha Bonnick also represented her country as one of 28 players selected by Canada Soccer to participate in the Senior National Team training camp. She also participated in the Canadian U-20 National Team camp in Vancouver as a freshman. Senior Krista Kruse and Freshman Dominique Richardson both represented the United States, Kruse with the US U-23 National Team training camp and Richardson with the U-18 training camp. Richardson attended the camp for the second time in her high school career.
FOLLOW THE TIGERS
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