Soccer Closes Regular Season Thursday at Arkansas

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Oct. 29, 2013

Mizzou at Arkansas
When Oct. 31 | 7 p.m.
Location Fayetteville, Ark. | Razorback Field
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Game Notes Mizzou
Series History Mizzou leads 3-1
Last Meeting Arkansas 2, Mizzou 1 (Oct. 19, 2012 in Columbia, Mo.)
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou soccer team (8-7-3, 4-3-3 SEC) concludes the regular season part of its schedule on Thursday, Oct. 31 when the team travels to Fayetteville, Ark. to face Arkansas at 7 p.m.

SEC Tournament Scenarios
Missouri clinched a spot in next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 1-1 double overtime tie against Tennesse on Oct. 27. However, Mizzou's seed is still in the air as the Tigers can finish anywhere from sixth to 10th in the standings. The top six seeds receive a first round by in the Tournament and will not play until Wednesday, Nov. 6. Seeds seven to 10 play on Monday, Nov. 4.

Currently sitting in eighth, Missouri can move up to sixth with a win over Arkansas and losses or ties by Georgia (to Florida) and LSU (to Texas A&M). A Mizzou win and a loss or tie by just one of those two schools will move the Tigers up to seventh. A Tiger tie and losses by both Georgia and LSU would keep Mizzou in eighth due to losses to both those squads. If Missouri earns a tie, the team cannot drop lower than eighth in the standings. If the Tigers lose, they will drop to at least ninth (jumped by Arkansas) and possibly to 10th by Alabama (with a win over Auburn).

Up Next
The Tigers travel to Orange Beach, Ala., for the 2013 SEC Tournament. Mizzou will open play either on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. (as sixth seed) or Monday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Last Time Out
Mizzou went 1-0-1 on the weekend after 2-1 double overtime road win over No. 25 Kentucky and a 1-1 tie against Tennessee.

Against the Wildcats, Missouri broke through first with a tally in the 13th minute. Junior Taylor Grant crossed the ball toward the box, where senior Dominique Richardson flicked it toward net. Redshirt sophomore Lauren Flynn struck a chip off a bounce that flew over the Wildcat keeper for a 1-0 Tiger advantage. Just five minutes later, Kentucky responded with a goal of its own to knot the score at 1-1. A Wildcat lofted a cross into the box that Caitlin Landis headed over redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein.

With the score tied at 1-1 through 107 minutes of play, Grant made a run down the right sideline and played a ball across the top of the box. Richardson ran onto the cross and one-timed an 18-yard blast into the lower right netting for the game-winner.

Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute on a third-chance opportunity. The Tigers then knotted the score at 1-1 in the 80th minute when sophomore Candace Johnsonwas taken down in the box. Johnson stepped up and converted the penalty shot for a 1-1 game.

Neither team could find the back of the net over the final 10 minutes of regulation of the two 10 minute overtime sessions.

Scouting Arkansas
Arkansas comes into Thursday's matchup with an 11-7 overall record and a 4-6 mark in SEC action. The Razorbacks have scored 35 goals on the season but allowed 28.

Ashleigh Ellenwood leads the Razorbacks with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Five other players have at least 10 points: Jeriann Okoro (11), Evan Palmer (10), Yvonne DesJarlais (10), Rachel Riggs (10) and Allie Tripp (10).

Goalkeeper Cameron Carter has played all but one game in net and boasts a 1.6 goals against average and a .682 save percentage.

Series with Arkansas
Mizzou owns a 3-1 series advantage over Arkansas. The Tigers also won the only game played in Fayetteville, a 2-1 victory on Sept. 22, 1996. In the last meeting, the Razorbacks recorded a 2-1 win on Oct. 19, 2012 in Columbia.

Tigers Record Third Top-25 Win of 2013
Mizzou's 2-1 double overtime victory over Kentucky on Oct. 25 marked the team's third win over a ranked opponent in 2013. The three wins were the most over ranked foes since 2008.

The Tigers have also recorded wins over then-No. 7 South Carolina on Oct. 18 and 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.

Sauerwein Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
Mizzou redshirt junior goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerweinwas named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Sauerwein helped the Tigers go 1-0-1 in a double overtime win at Kentucky (2-1) and a 1-1 double overtime tie to Kentucky last week

Sauerwein held Kentucky's high-powered offense to just one goal over 108 minutes of play in Mizzou's 2-1 double overtime road win on Oct. 25. She then allowed one goal over 110 minutes of play to Tennessee in a 1-1 tie on Oct. 27. Over the weekend, Sauerwein posted a 0.83 goals against average and made 12 saves.

In 2013, Sauerwein boasts a 1.06 goals against average and an .820 save percentage, while her numbers in SEC play drop to a 0.92 goals against average and a 0.859 save percentage.

Tigers Peaking at the Right Time
Over the last two weeks, Mizzou has gone 2-0-2 to pick up eight important points in the SEC standings. Six games into the SEC schedule, the Tigers sat at 2-3-1 in the league with just seven points. In the last four games, Mizzou has more than doubled that point total with eight to give the Tigers 15 in the standings.

Most impressively, Missouri's two wins have come against ranked foes and teams currently sitting at third (No. 7 South Carolina) and fourth (No. 25 Kentucky) in the SEC standings.

Sauerwein Breaking Records Left and Right
In less than three full seasons as Mizzou's goalkeeper, redshirt junior McKenzie Sauerweinhas already set or tied three different career goalkeeper records.

The North Richland Hills, Texas, native most recently set Missouri's career saves record with 296, besting Jackie Adamec'sold mark of 295. Additionally, she holds Mizzou's career minutes played in goal (5438:28) and games played in goal (61) records and is tied for the games started in goal mark (55).

Additionally, Sauerwein's next win will tie Tasha Dittamore'sprogram record mark of 35.

Richardson Set to Tie Mizzou's Games Started Mark
Senior Dominique Richardson enters Thursday's matchup with 80 starts in all 80 career games with the Tigers. Her 80 starts ranks third all-time at Missouri. Assuming she starts against Arkansas, Richradson will move into a tie with Crystal Wagner (2006-09) for second all-time at Mizzou. If Richardson starts Thursday's game and Mizzou's first game in the SEC tournament, she will tie Dyana Russell(1998-01) for first all-time.

Mizzou Defense Holding Strong
In 18 games this season, the Tiger defense has allowed just 20 goals for an average of 1.05 per game. McKenzie Sauerwein'sGAA stands at 1.06 in 2013, just a tad lower than her stellar mark of 1.07 in 2012.

In conference play, Mizzou's defense has played even better. The Tigers have a goals against average of 0.98 goals in their 10 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 1.05 GAA will rank second all-time at Mizzou. Only the 2008 (0.8) team has posted better goals against average in the other 16 years in program history.


 

 

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